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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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“Unexpected item in bagging area”

Morrisons is the latest of the ‘Big Four’ supermarkets to pull the plug on the self - service initiative, with 3,000 self-service tills across the country to be phased out in the next few weeks. This comes only weeks after Tesco announced last month that it would do away with the ‘innovative’ service after research carried out concluded that 60% of shoppers preferred a manned - till. Self-service tills were originally introduced a decade ago as a means of cutting...

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Operation Stack

Supply Chain resilience is put to the test at Calais with Operation Stack. Every news item seems to be carrying roadside interviews with beleaguered truck drivers worried about the sell by date of their fruit and veg cargo.  On top of that is the concern they are going to be running out of drivable hours.  According to the BBC the disruption is costing the UK over £250m a day and of course we can’t ignore the humanitarian cost of lives...

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Trains, Boats and Supply Chain

Supply Chain resilience is put to the test at Calais with Operation Stack. Every news item seems to be carrying roadside interviews with beleaguered truck drivers worried about the sell by date of their fruit and veg cargo. On top of that is the concern they are going to be running out of drivable hours. According to the BBC the disruption is costing the UK over £250m a day and of course we can’t ignore the humanitarian cost of lives...

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