Category Archives: Chap 06 Materials and inventory

How ERP and agility can go hand-in-hand

Great article from Mckinsey Insights about two apparently disparate topics – agility and enterprise resource planning (ERP).  In our book we define ERP as “an extension of business systems integration across different companies in the supply network”.  But McKinsey’s definition … Continue reading

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Fully automated warehousing

Welcome to 2020!  This is a ‘classic’ operations video.  After the first minute, Witron go through how all stages of the warehousing process have been automated.

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Insights from… Oracle

Oracle is a global company that designs and supports data gathering and analysis.  It has an extensive website.  Here are some of its features: Cloud Database Services – web pages devoted to telling you something about the product, supported by a … Continue reading

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Inventory preparedness for Brexit

Twelve months ago, in the lead up to Brexit, there was much talk of increasing inventory levels in order to prepare for potential disruptions of supply.  Not so any more…  Why?  Because demand is weakening, so existing stock levels may … Continue reading

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Security on construction sites – guards or cameras or both?

VPS manufacture technologies that keep property secure.  They have an interesting white paper that looks in depth at the advantages and disadvantages of protecting construction sites with security guards versus technological solutions. Some headlines from this include insight into how … Continue reading

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Just-in-time….

This seems an appropriate moment in history for us to remind ourselves about lean and just-in-time manufacturing processes.  This video does it for you…

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Is an ERP system still relevant?

According to David James, on the oneadvanced.com website, the answer to this question is “yes”.  Given that his company sells cloud software this is not surprising.  Nonetheless his article does give insight into how ERP has evolved over the last … Continue reading

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Automated warehousing issues

This article from http://www.themanufacturer.com looks at the issues relating to warehouse automation.  One aspect that is emphasised is that such automation significantly decreases risk with regards matters of health and safety.  With goods stored up to 12 metres high, warehouses … Continue reading

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‘Random stow’ inventory

Having just blogged about the challenges of inventory management, how do Amazon go about storing their 15 million stock items in one of their fulfilment centres?  What they do not do is store similar items together.. they ‘random stow’.  This … Continue reading

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Top 10 challenges of inventory management

This dashboard stream.com article does exactly what the headline says.  It’s a useful aide-memoire.

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