How Risky is your Supply Chain?

The last twelve months has seen supply chains under near constant threat - some real, some threatened, some imaginary. The banking crisis putting suppliers out of business, swine flu hitting work forces, heavy snow constraining traffic movement, ash clouds grounding aircrafts, oil leaks closing fisheries, floods in Pakistan and mud slides in China. You could be forgiven for thinking that Force Majeure was becoming a regular occurrence, rather than a once in a lifetime act from above. In the ‘old...

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24 hours is not what it seems

It’s sometimes difficult to understand why, but there is undoubtedly a growing demand for a 24 hours delivery service for orders placed on the internet. That is, place your order by some time late this afternoon and you’ll get your delivery tomorrow - and “some time” is getting later and later. It’s difficult to understand because there seems to be no clear reason as to why customers need some of these things so urgently. It can’t all be those forgotten...

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Stock in the Retail Supply Chain: How do your strategies measure up?

Managing stock is always challenging. And nowhere more so than in retail.  Changing fashions, unpredictable weather and erratic economic conditions that have us coming out of recession one minute and going back in the next, all serve to make getting stock levels right a real headache.  And these are just the factors that are outside of our control.  Other drivers of stock – unrealistic sales targets, buying for quantity discounts, trying to fill containers to reduce transport costs and straight...

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A Warehouse Move as a Logistics Consultancy Project

Much of our work in logistics consultancy is directed to planning new warehouses for our clients. After data collection, analysis, design and debate, the plans for the new facility will be agreed. The implementation of this concept can be a substantial project in its own right, whether an existing building is being used or a new construction undertaken. Completing the physical building is, however, only part of the project and is the part that can be most easily passed over...

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The Last 50 Metres – an old problem still unsolved

Over the last few years we’ve got used to Internet retailers reporting stellar growth figures. 40%, 60%, even 100% growth has not been uncommon for individual retailers, and the market as a whole has been growing at close to 40%. Over the last two or three years that growth has declined. So is this a trend that is to continue or a blip caused by the recession? Has the novelty worn off or is it simply a sign of the sector...

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