Construction Logistics Strategy

Too often Construction Logistics is narrowly applied to on-site handling, when in fact this is simply the tip of the iceberg. The most effective construction logistics solutions require a fully designed, all-encompassing supply chain management approach. Many sites are broken down into fixed price elements. These are purchased separately and as late as the programme will allow in order to preserve cash flow. Each subcontractor is responsible for his own material supply. This makes cost control easy, but makes it hard...

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How Risky is your Supply Chain?

The last twelve months has seen supply chains under near constant threat - some real, some threatened, some imaginary. The banking crisis putting suppliers out of business, swine flu hitting work forces, heavy snow constraining traffic movement, ash clouds grounding aircrafts, oil leaks closing fisheries, floods in Pakistan and mud slides in China. You could be forgiven for thinking that Force Majeure was becoming a regular occurrence, rather than a once in a lifetime act from above. In the ‘old...

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Driving Forward and Delivering on Service

Following a recent poll from MSM which was highly critical of many of our leading parcel carriers over the Christmas period, we thought it only fair to consider the complexities of what these companies are trying to do. We all know someone who has waited in all day for a parcel to be delivered only for it to arrive five minutes after leaving to pick the kids up from school! Extremely frustrating - and l’m sure more than a few...

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Moving up the Value Chain – India Agri-Food Supply Chains – UKIBC Report

'Nation states are engaged in a relentless competitive chase’, says Evan Davies in Made in Britain, the BBC TV series based on the book of the same name. When poorer countries gain access to modern technology and skills they are able to out-compete richer nations in traditional sectors thanks to their lower cost base. The wealthier countries then seek out high-value areas where they can be more competitive, be it through technical innovation, increased efficiency or marketing appeal. But while...

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Effective Logistics and Supply Chain Management with ERP Systems

In today’s increasingly global and turbulent markets, companies need to adjust quickly to new conditions. The ability to flexibly adjust the business processes, operations and information flow along the extended supply chains therefore becomes vital for a company’s survival and success. On the other hand, the burden of resource, process and information management has grown heavier. Most modern companies, especially large and mid-size ones, have complex organisational structures, with many resources to be controlled and many processes to be managed....

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