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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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Logistics outsourcing could be the answer to your business problems?

In an increasingly competitive economy, businesses attempt to differentiate through focusing on creating value for its customers. Using logistics outsourcing to reduce costs throughout the supply chain, adds further value.  However,to successfully leverage the benefit, it is important for businesses to assess the suitability of outsourcing against current core competencies to maintain and increase the level of customer value. An outsourced network can bring all important flexibility and cost reductions to weather the ups and downs of volatile markets.  Also,...

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Top reasons your business should consider 3PL

In an increasingly volatile market many businesses have opted to mitigate risk by using third party logistics (3PL). The Logistics Business has considerable experience in this area and is keen to discuss  why businesses should look to 3PL’s in the future. A common trend with the rise of big data is the need for increased visibility across the supply chain and outsourcing logistics can improve this visibility. 3PL’s have the technology and resources to allow for real time tracking, giving...

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Are consumer demands leading to the end of lean?

In the early 1900’s the Ford Model T was introduced to the American market with Henry Ford famously proclaiming that consumers could have “Any colour as long as it was black”. The foundations of automotive manufacturing were thus built, bringing the automobile to the mass market for the first time. Since then businesses have built on these foundations and developed business theory to differentiate through manufacturing excellence and lower costs. Lean manufacturing is a term coined across the supply chain...

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