Tag Archives: logistics

Brexit and operations: short-term issues

I’ve deliberately not blogged about Brexit before – there is more than enough coverage of this topic.  But we’ve decided to write a case study on Brexit for the new edition of our book, and I have been researching* the … Continue reading

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what3words revolutionises the concept of location

what3words explains it has “a really simple way to talk about location. We have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address. It means anyone can accurately find … Continue reading

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Research Insight: Central versus local control in disaster management

In most large organisations there is a tension between what should be managed at the centre and what should managed at a local level.  To a certain extent, in many contexts this should be resolve by big data and AI. … Continue reading

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The digital supply chain

This video from PwC explains how supply chains can be reconfigured to speed up deliveries to consumers operating in a digital world.

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Managing risk during the procurement process

The U.N. have a Procurement Practitioners Handbook.  One of the chapters is devoted to risk management (here).  It usefully includes a table which identifies the nature of risk, possible consequences, and what to do about it across the following stages … Continue reading

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“Pivoting” supply chains – using smart technology to make supply chains dynamic as well as fast

There is an insightful article in MITSloan Management Review this month.  It investigates the cutting edge of supply chain management and explains why smart technology should not be used just to make logistics faster, more reliable and cost less.  It should … Continue reading

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4% of global retail revenues are lost because goods are returned to vendor

Great infographic from Bain & Co. that outlines reverse logistics, how much it costs, and how much can be saved if managed effectively.

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The impact of digitisation on container shipping worldwide

Fifty years ago McKinsey was commissioned by the British Transport Docks Board to write a report on containerisation and the implications this would have for that sector.  Naturally enough the report concluded that containers were a disruptive technology that would … Continue reading

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Why did the chicken NOT cross the road? It ain’t no joke KFC.

KFC have set up a web page (here) to inform customers which of their restaurants are open.   They have also headlined their home page with a link to this page.  All because yesterday an estimated 750 of their 900 … Continue reading

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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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