3PL Relationship Management – Key to Successful Logistics Outsourcing

3PL is now widely used in the field of logistics and supply chain management. There are plenty of both success stories and examples of where the process failed to live up to its promise. The Logistics Business believes that good relationship management is the key to a successful outsourcing practice. If you are either considering a partnership with a logistics service provider or are already in such a relationship, then the following will take you through the typical 3PL relationship...

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Vanilla Should Be Your Favourite WMS Flavour

The majority of medium to large Warehouse Management systems (WMS) have been around for quite some time now in a variety of guises. There may have been multiple upgrades including major platform revisions, but the logic that drives specific processes is likely to have been based on that from the original design. In this article we will be exploring a number of key areas: Where it all goes wrong Understanding the need for change There are modification and Modifications! During...

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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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