Deep Thought – the Additive Manufacturing boom and the Supply Chain

There continues to be much interest in the development of AM (Additive manufacturing) and the implications of the demise of the physical movement of goods on the supply chain.  It’s a hot topic on the supply chain agenda with the Chief Executive of the CILT referring to this in a recent speech as well as newspaper articles highlighting the presence of 3D printed items in the new Airbus. A common view is that manufacturing will become distributed to the point...

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A major computer services company

Changes in the computer services landscape has led to an increased demand for an ever evolving range of products and services, placing a new emphasis on distribution networks. Products are more diverse and smaller, stock cube has reduced and pressures on service levels increased.  There is also more emphasis on value added services and the space needed to deliver these. This step change led the company to call on the services of The Logistics Business.  We were asked to review...

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Warehouse Inventory Management Solution: Garbage in, Garbage out

The prevention of warehousing inventory errors is something which plagues many top businesses, despite the implementation of multi-million pound solutions designed to maximise the accuracy of stock management. The rise of big data has led to new issues within warehouse inventory management so it is crucial to make sure that this data is correlated and utilised correctly. Garbage in, Garbage out is a simple and yet elegant solution to any warehouse inventory management issue. It refers to a variety of...

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The Future Of Parcel Delivery

It's enough to make your skin turn green and your bottom half sport a considerably tighter pair of trousers. Everyone knows exactly what it’s like to stay at home waiting for a parcel delivery or an engineer to turn up, and with a designated date and a window of up to four hours, the decision is often made to take a day off work. So you wait in all day to find the item either turns up at the 11th...

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Supply Chain Lessons from the Automotive Industry

The new Lean Faced with unprecedented levels of cost in the supply chain the automotive industry has reacted through the implementation of lean techniques to maximise efficiencies. In global firms such as Toyota, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover this ‘lean’ approach has been an unprecedented success.  However, critics claim that such drastic inventory measures simply push the inventory back up the supply chain and can only be implemented when the customer holds more power than the supplier. Sharing information and...

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