Scottish Independence

The Scottish Independence vote is now upon us and by Friday evening we should know how over four million Scots have voted. Over the last few months we have all been caught up in the mire of conjecture, opinion and scaremongering that has surrounded a decision that either way will change the course of history and have wide ranging implications. We have heard that it has the potential either to turn Scotland into one of the world’s most prosperous economies...

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The Warehouse System as a tool

We’ve all heard of the expression about “the tail wagging the dog” and have been repeatedly told that, when investing in new IT systems such as warehouse management systems or in warehouse automation, the system should serve the business, and not the other way around! The question we should be asking though is - Is that really the right approach or is there another more balanced way of thinking that can offer new opportunities and insights? At The Logistics Business...

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Warehouse Automation

  For some, warehouse automation is bleeding edge technology, to be distrusted, too expensive and too inflexible.  For others, it is an essential part of their fulfilment strategy and the only way to control costs in a market demanding ever higher levels of customer service. In reality both views have some validity (apart from the one about it being ‘new’ – warehouse automation has been around for more than fifty years).  So how can that be the case and how...

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Warehouse Re-Design

It was Heraclitus in around 500BC who wrote “All things are in flux … like a river … you can never step in the same river twice”.  His flux doctrine was interpreted by many including Plato who took this to mean that a river is still a river from one moment to another but the water in it is different and flows in a different way. He used this as a metaphor for life – All things are constantly changing...

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Franchising – The Right Model for International Expansion?

Many of our customers with a strong national presence are looking to expand internationally. The questions they often raise are: What business model should we pursue? How do we forecast in a market that we don’t have an experience of yet? What inventory should we hold and where do we keep it? What should be our market entry strategy? Unfortunately, the news is awash with examples of where companies having ventured abroad are then forced to close down their international...

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