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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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The journey of Birmingham New Street Station

Last Sunday saw the grand opening of Birmingham’s refurbished New Street Station, the busiest railway station outside London. The project which has been 5 years in the making with a workforce of up to 3,500 and costing £750 million will mark a huge achievement for the City. The original station was designed and built during the 1960’s, becoming Birmingham’s concrete landmark, making way for a depressingly dark and dingy subterranean station. Originally built to serve 60,000, it’s currently visited by...

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Food Supply Chains – need for a re-think

Supply Chains are never far from the news; in the last few weeks our focus has been on Calais and the disruption caused by Operation Stack. Just as recently, food supply chains have come under scrutiny, with dairy farmers suffering from the interruptions of food supply chains – such as export restrictions into Russia and reduced demand in China. One of the big challenges is that dairy farmers have to sell their milk in advance without knowing the price. The settlement...

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