The benefits of, and justification for, a Delivery Management system in Construction

There are increasingly voices in the construction industry calling for logistics to be “designed-in” to a project. Logistics, they say, should be taken into consideration all the way from the design of the building, through the site planning to the day-to-day on-site construction. If the intention from the start is to use a Delivery Management System, like Zone Manager, then assumptions can be safely made regarding materials being available at the right time, a reduced need for over-ordering, and generally...

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Stock – No longer a dirty word

For some years now stock has been a dirty word in the minds of many supply chain strategists. The advent of lean supply chains has led us to believe that stock ties up capital and is simply unnecessary in the modern connected world. And yet at a recent meeting of supply chain leaders the discussion took on a very different flavour. Stock is now being seen as a strategic tool to defend a business from the risk of supply chain...

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Construction Logistics Strategy saving cost and reducing environmental impact

A year ago we reported on how WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) was promoting good practice in construction logistics as a way of minimising waste and reducing carbon emissions. The leading supply chain and logistics consultancy company, THE LOGISTICS BUSINESS, has undertaken a number of projects on behalf of WRAP to evaluate the effects of applying good logistics practice to construction projects. These include the use of Material Logistics Plans (MLP) and the application of logistics strategies such...

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Supply Chain Modelling – In Practice

There’s a lot of talk about supply chain modelling, but what does it really mean? From an academic point of view it means trying to represent real life activities, as closely as possible, through the use of mathematical analysis and computing power; usually with the aim of drawing conclusions about how supply chains can be improved. That’s fine, but it’s not much use if the model is so complex that no-one but the modeller can understand or use it. The...

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Telematics – new opportunities opening up

Vehicle telematics have been around for many years and a few users have already seen big improvements in operational efficiency, particularly since GPS and mobile phone technology was added providing real time tracking. Today, this is becoming a standard fitment in heavy goods vehicles. Despite this, few companies really exploit its range of capabilities, probably put off by the vast quantities of data produced. More and more features and functions are being continually introduced that will extend the system's capabilities....

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