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Is automation the answer to your supply chain?

Over the past 25 years The Logistics Business has built a wealth of experience across the supply chain spectrum, particularly within automation. A fundamental cornerstone of our expertise is finding the right solution for the right business. There are substantial benefits to the installation of automation, however there are several key questions a business must answer before engaging with a supplier. Post 2008 recession, firms have placed an increased financial squeeze onto the supply chain by increasing the importance of defining...

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Why does Sainsbury’s want to buy Argos?

Like other food retailers, Sainsbury’s has employed a traditional business model. That is, they put stock on the shelves and let customers browse, select what they want, and pay for it at the checkout. In its race for market share as Tesco has extended the use of this model to add non-food lines. The problem is that this has meant that the retailer has had to construct ever larger super-stores which are now looking increasingly obsolete in the face of discounters,...

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Extending Consumer Choice in Automotive Manufacturing

In 1913, Henry Ford finished implementing the assembly line at the Highland Park, Michigan assembly plant for the Model T Ford. This line revolutionised production as the concept of moving a chassis along a track comprising 84 assembly stations with a specific task performed at each, reduced throughput time from days to just 2½ hrs. Ford’s approach was perfect given that he was producing a car with no options and no accessories and which famously was available “in any colour...

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Building agility into the fashion supply chain

With Next, Marks & Spencer and others announcing disappointing results in their fashion retailing businesses we ask where has it gone wrong for these retail giants? Their explanation is that the unexpectedly mild weather has resulted in the wrong ranges being stocked both online and in stores. The impact of such a miscalculation is far reaching. It can cause brand damage as customers are unable to buy what they want, when they want it and worse, stores are stocked with product...

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Data driven solution for omni channel retailer

The Logistics Business were asked to review and make recommendations on an underperforming mini load system at the distribution centre for a global, omni-channel retailer of trade tools, accessories and hardware. The problem could have been quickly resolved by the client making a fast, high stake investment in increasing capacity but The Logistics Business ethos is that data drives solutions, so utilised its I-Flow Analysis system alongside the BOARD business intelligence software to develop a dashboard of data for the...

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