The Disney Store – End-to-End Supply Chain Review

The Disney Store Ltd. operates more than 200 retail stores in the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Distribution to all European markets takes place from the European Distribution Centre (EDC) at Magna Park which commenced operations in 2000. Since 2000 the business has grown significantly and although the basic layout has not changed, the operations have been adapted to match the changing requirements of the business. An end-to-end supply chain review concluded that the Magna Park location was satisfactory...

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Stock in the Retail Supply Chain: How do your strategies measure up?

Managing stock is always challenging. And nowhere more so than in retail.  Changing fashions, unpredictable weather and erratic economic conditions that have us coming out of recession one minute and going back in the next, all serve to make getting stock levels right a real headache.  And these are just the factors that are outside of our control.  Other drivers of stock – unrealistic sales targets, buying for quantity discounts, trying to fill containers to reduce transport costs and straight...

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WHSmith – Warehouse Processing Improvements for Existing DCs

WHSmith appointed The Logistics Business for a high level review of operations in their three distribution centres (Birmingham, Dunstable and Swindon), with the objective of identifying opportunities for improvement which would then be highlighted for further development. The commercial objectives were to make changes and enhancements that would reduce cost whilst maintaining service levels. The scope covered all activities in the D.C.s, from goods-in, through put-away, replenishment and picking to goods-out. This included the way in which the operations interfaced...

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Multichannel Logistics – It’s simply retail distribution isn’t it?

There has been a long debate whether multichannel retailers can service on-line sales through the same warehousing and distribution infrastructure as retail outlets.  After all, you might ask, don’t they use basically the same operational processes and storage and handling equipment, etc for multichannel logistics? With the experience of many successful projects, developing warehouse designs, operating processes and distribution networks for on-line retails as well as the High Street, THE LOGISTICS BUSINESS is not going to say that it can...

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Multichannel Strategies – Connecting Supply Chains with Consumers

Today, there is an increasing disconnect between consumer’s channels of information and their channels of supply. A customer may browse the internet for information before visiting a shop to physically see and touch the product before buying. Alternatively, a customer may check out the product in a shop and then search for the best price on the internet, where they can order at a time that may be more convenient to them and receive the added bonus of free delivery....

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