Royal Mail Wraps Up Christmas Deliveries

Royal Mail’s announcement this week that it will be reducing the cost of sending parcels over the festive period, is the latest initiative in a package of measures to secure its share of the highly competitive parcel delivery market - responding to the likes of on-line retail giants such as Amazon. Recently, it was also announced that selected Royal Mail sorting offices would be open at weekends for parcel collections as well as deliveries in a number of areas –...

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Supply Chain Resilience

The 2006 Tsunami had a significant knock on effect on the spare parts availability for gear boxes for a major Japanese car manufacturer and underlined a need to understand the importance of supply chain resilieince. Even though deploying a dual sourcing strategy for the gear boxes, key components of the gear box were actually produced at the same facility close to the proximity of the doomed Fukushima nuclear power station. Closer to home, the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 closed...

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The new Jaguar XE is good news for the automotive supply chain

The launch of the new ‘baby’ Jaguar XE, said to be possibly the most important car in the company’s history is set to compete against the highly successful BMW 3 Series, the new Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. The star-studded launch at Earl’s Court, London on Monday evening (8th September 2014) also marks a significant boost for the automotive supply chain both here and abroad. It’s the result of an estimated total investment of around £2bn in a purpose –...

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Happy Birthday E-commerce

It’s difficult to remember back to a time when we didn’t buy and sell online and e-commerce was a a term rarely used. Amazon also celebrated its 20th anniversary in July following its launch in 1994 in Seattle. It has grown to be a Fortune 100 company. For those interested in trivia, the first purchase online way back then was a CD by Sting. Tweet us if anyone can remember the title! Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, books and music remain top...

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Ecomm Integration – On Line and On Trend

It's buzz word time again in the world of on-line shopping and the latest example is omni-channel. Those not in the know might think that as home shopping has moved from on-line to multi-channel to omni-channel it has gone through a series of revolutions, step change improvements in the way we operate. But the reality on the ground is rather different. Instead, as home-shopping has become more accepted and mainstream it has evolved, gradually becoming a little more integrated and...

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