Time to Pay For What We Receive?

The end of 2014 saw another record breaking Christmas for retailers, yet the parcel delivery sector felt an immeasurable squeeze that for some proved too much. More recently, Whistl (formerly known as TNT) had to send home 2,000 staff and suspended its household deliveries, highlighting the difficulty of making money in a postal market dominated by Royal Mail. So what needs to happen for this crucial element in the process to survive? City Link (and competitors) should have been reaping the benefits of a busy...

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Sustainability and the Supply Chain

There are many sustainability touch points along a supply chain , from the sourcing of raw materials and the water used in manufacturing to the CO2e(3) produced when we manufacture, distribute, store and use the products.  The figure below maps out some of the key sustainability touch points along a typical supply chain. The Logistics Business can provide support and guidance on addressing sustainability issues across your supply chain or bespoke guidance on specific touch points highlighted in the figure...

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The Logistics Business and ESOS

Beating Climate Change, Growing Business ESOS is the Energy Savings Opportunity Savings Scheme Regulations 2014, which came into force on 17th July 2014. The aim of the regulations is to increase energy efficiency to support businesses not only increase profits and competiveness, but also to help mitigate against climate change. The scheme requires all applicable companies to undergo a mandatory assessment of energy use and identify energy efficiency opportunities accounting for at least 90% of the total energy consumption. Savings...

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Is Your Business A Team Player?

Are you managing logistics or supply chain? Is your team pitching in? As any fellow football supporter will tell you, expecting great results from your Club when individuals are trying their best but not playing as a team, easily leads to frustration. The so-called spine of any team must integrate well for success – in footballing terms, that is usually the goalkeeper, the central defender, the central midfielder and the striker. A comparison with high-riding Chelsea is clear – yes, great individuals,...

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How The Logistics Business Is Tackling Big Data

The big data movement is fueling business transformation. Companies that are embracing big data are moving from a rear view mirror approach that uses partial slices of aggregated data in batch, to a forward looking, predictive view of operations which leverages all available data. Data is widely considered to be a driver of better decision making and improved profitability. Companies that characterised themselves as data-driven companies were on average 5% more productive and 6% more profitable than their competitors. As...

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