Tag Archives: location

Remote sensing for business

The term remote sensing has two different meanings.  Three years ago I blogged about how some firms are using sensors to monitor the performance of their machinery and equipment remotely.   This is often adopted as part of their products-as-services … 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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“Retail apocalypse”

I’ve blogged about ubiquitisation – the process by which service firms grow and penetrate every geographic niche.  But I’ve not discussed “de-ubiquitisation” i.e. chains withdrawing from markets and closing stores.   But this is happening on a large scale, largely … Continue reading

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Envision’s ‘pop-up’ assembly plants

In this video, Envision talk about their concept of the “pop-up assembly plant”.    Their design and innovation centre is in Denmark, but they decided to set up their main manufacturing plant in China.  However, this should only produces component parts … Continue reading

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Trends in retail location predicted for 2017

Good overview of the retail industry here, looking into the future of store location and design.  Five main trends are identified: “Excitement in-store” “Digital tipping point” “Loyalty 2.0” “Smaller shops, click and collect…drones?” “Location, location, geo-location”.

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How to site a restaurant

John Melaniphy’s first book on restaurant site selection must have sat on my bookshelf for more than twenty years.  But it never occurred to me to check out his website… until now.  It turns out that on one web page … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 04 Location and design, Sector: Hospitality & Tourism | Tagged | Leave a comment

So what are the big supermarket brands order winners – if not price and quality?

Lovely (?) article in The Guardian by Joanna Blythman, author of Shopped, who basically says I told you so…  Her book, published ten years ago, was a major indictment of the large supermarket chains.  In her view they had “closed … Continue reading

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Relocating a factory is a major undertaking

Vision (SME) Limited is a consulting company that provides specific advice on factory relocation, with a website of that name.  Any operator that is thinking of relocating can go to them for advice on: “Negotiations with Landlords Specialist advice on … Continue reading

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Tesla select Nevada as location for their $5 billion gigafactory

Tesla has announced that its new gigafactory will be located near Reno.  Four other states were in the running for this major investment – Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona –  and the reasons for selecting Nevada are as follows. The site … Continue reading

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