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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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The benefits of, and justification for, a Delivery Management system in Construction

There are increasingly voices in the construction industry calling for logistics to be “designed-in” to a project. Logistics, they say, should be taken into consideration all the way from the design of the building, through the site planning to the day-to-day on-site construction. If the intention from the start is to use a Delivery Management System, like Zone Manager, then assumptions can be safely made regarding materials being available at the right time, a reduced need for over-ordering, and generally...

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The Olympics – Lessons Learned

Olympic (am I allowed to write that now) fever is now dying down and there is unanimous agreement that it was a great success. If it had all gone horribly wrong (or for that matter even slightly wrong) we would now be well into chasing scape goats and running public post mortems.  That fact that it has gone extremely well though is just as good a reason to have a review and learn from our success. Of course it didn’t...

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Construction Logistics Strategy saving cost and reducing environmental impact

A year ago we reported on how WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) was promoting good practice in construction logistics as a way of minimising waste and reducing carbon emissions. The leading supply chain and logistics consultancy company, THE LOGISTICS BUSINESS, has undertaken a number of projects on behalf of WRAP to evaluate the effects of applying good logistics practice to construction projects. These include the use of Material Logistics Plans (MLP) and the application of logistics strategies such...

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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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