Click and Collect helping fuel the growth

You may well have noticed that more and more retailers are offering a collection option for products bought on their website. But have you realised how fast this service is growing? The latest retail figures show that whilst overall sales are flat or even falling, internet sales which were themselves barely growing earlier in the year are once more on the increase. There are of course lots of reasons for this but one appears to be the growth in click...

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Warehouse Automation- is now the time to invest?

The warehouse automation market is in a strange place right now. On the one hand, thanks to the measures taken to survive the recession, we hear that many companies are sitting on strong balance sheets, have good cash flow and hence could afford to invest in their business. On the other hand, continuing market jitters and lack of growth is putting companies off making investments and automation suppliers are finding orders hard to secure at the moment. This might seem...

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Multichannel Strategies – Connecting Supply Chains with Consumers

Today, there is an increasing disconnect between consumer’s channels of information and their channels of supply. A customer may browse the internet for information before visiting a shop to physically see and touch the product before buying. Alternatively, a customer may check out the product in a shop and then search for the best price on the internet, where they can order at a time that may be more convenient to them and receive the added bonus of free delivery....

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Supply Chain Management – the key to profitable Construction Logistics

When the term Construction Logistics is used most people think of the storage and handling of materials on site and the haulage bringing goods to the site. But the fact of the matter is that what happens on site is just the tip of the iceberg; what comes before – what lies under the visible surface – has a huge impact and largely determines the outcome of your project. Over the last three years The Logistics Business has undertaken a...

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Successful Warehouse Automation depends on more than technology

There is a view in some quarters that warehouse automation doesn’t work and does not pay for itself. For some, automation means lack of flexibility and constant breakdown. This view has been fuelled by some high publicity failures over the years, where multi-million pound investments have been abandoned as automation is removed to be replaced by manual, labour intensive systems. The fact is that there are many successful automated warehouses and there are very few genuine failures; and by successful...

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