Category Archives: Chap 04 Location and design

Four alternative transformations of shopping centres

Last week the owner of some the UK’s largest shopping centres declared bankruptcy.  Many argue that this infrastructure is now outdated – superseded by online shopping, a trend accelerated by the C-19 pandemic.  So this article from kearney.com provides some … Continue reading

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Digital Little Mesters

A very interesting article from themanufacturer.com that begins by looking back at the Little Mesters – these were home-based workshops in Sheffield that made parts of cutlery which were then forwarded to a factory for assembly, back in the nineteenth … Continue reading

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How design drives agile working

This video shows Unilever’s office building in Singapore and explains how its design contributed to more agile working practices, which in turn positively influenced productivity and employee satisfaction.

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The shift to online during the crisis

The retail sector has already experienced significant transformation as a result of consumer purchasing goods online.  The current health emergency has accelerated this trend, although the effect is uneven, with some sectors benefitting more than others.  According to this article … Continue reading

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Covid-19’s effect on labour markets

We discuss why operators locate their operations where they do in chapter 4.  And in chapter 10 we identify in more detail labour structure issues with regards managing the workforce.  This news.sky.com article provides insight how the current health emergency … Continue reading

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Locating corporate headquarters

It is often forgotten that corporate headquarters are operations too – mainly information processing ones (see page 19).  So understanding where these are located is an interesting topic.  Often this is a function of history i.e. where the firm originated … Continue reading

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Alternative approaches to R&D in the food industry

Interesting article from just-food.com about R&D trends in the food sector.  Originally the really big companies – Kraft, General Foods, Nestle – did most of their R&D in-house.  But over time they have begun to undertake this activity in a … Continue reading

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Shared Service Centres report

A shared service centre (SSC) is where business operations – typically back-office – are consolidated to be used by multiple parts of the same organisation.  They originated in the 1980s, typically based around centralised computing services, but over the years … Continue reading

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How nappies sell beer

Cross merchandising refers to displaying products from different categories together, in order to generate additional revenue for the store.  This is why you have to go along the the beer and snack aisle to get to the nappies.  New mums … Continue reading

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Insights from… OI

The Outsourcing Institute “is a neutral professional association dedicated solely to outsourcing, providing information, research, networking opportunities and customized outsourcing services and solutions to the industry”.  It has a number of resources, some of which are viewable by non-members, under … Continue reading

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