Category Archives: Chap 06 Materials and inventory

Digital logistics

This article reviews the nature of digitisation in the field of logistics.  It proposes the developmental process that logistics firms will go through when adopting digitisation, as follows: Functional excellence – operations will be able to improve fulfillment processes and … Continue reading

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Toru – the robot picker

Magazino have developed a robot that is designed to pick items in a warehouse.  This article tells you all about it and provides two videos of the robot in action (illustrated below).  Already operators are testing out whether or not … Continue reading

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Fruit and veg not loose. But maybe there’s a screw loose?

Good article in The Grocer about Asda’s decision to trial selling only pre-packaged fruit and vegetables.  This has apparently caused “outrage” and “uproar”, even hitting the headlines.  Some customers in the store where it is being trialled have ripped open … Continue reading

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Category management jargon – the relevance of finger space

As I explained recently, looking at the jargon used by any group of professionals provides great insight into how they manage their operations.  So I was interested to see this glossary of terms used in category management.  Many of these terms … Continue reading

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Logistics in 2017

Always take with a pinch of salt anyone who forecasts trends for the forthcoming year.  Nonetheless it is sometimes worth looking at such forecasts, because they can tell you what is happening right now…  Here’s one CEO’s view of how … Continue reading

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Dropshipping pros and cons

I’ve frequently blogged about online retailing, but I have not mentioned an operations phenomenon that often underpins this business model – ‘dropshipping‘.   This is the concept of not holding any retail inventory, but shipping goods to customers directly from … Continue reading

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‘Cognitive manufacturing’ – how the internet of things and analytics apply to factories

IBM Watson’s video is a great introduction to IoT and analytics in the manufacturing context…  

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Operations Insight: IMI Precision Engineering

This article on the manufacturer.com website provides insight into IMI Precision Engineering and how it has developed and implemented its lean manufacturing strategy.  One of the interesting things about this company is that it manufactures both high volume/low value components, … Continue reading

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Loss control in the construction industry, but applicable to all sectors

I occasionally check to see what topics and/or industry sectors I’ve not blogged about recently – just to ensure the subject matter of our book is reflected in this blog.  That is how I came across this article on loss … Continue reading

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Managing short-term inventory – baggage handling at Heathrow T5

So many reasons for posting this video about baggage handling at Heathrow T5: T5 features is a case study (8.2) in our book; the opening of T5 is generally considered to be a good example of how not to do … Continue reading

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