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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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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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Warehousing set to music

I’ve never come across a video of warehousing set to music before….  This is what Encirc, the glass and bottle manufacturer, have done – in conjunction with Stocklin, the Swiss supplier of their warehousing equipment.  It’s the kind of thing … Continue reading

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Where haute couture meets logistics and ecommerce

You need a highly developed and sophisticated logistics system if you are going to deliver thousands of goods to customers’ homes.  But an even better system if you then routinely expect those goods to be returned two days later.  That’s what … Continue reading

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Undercover Boss – some great OM insights, hidden amongst the entertainment format

Channel 4 is running a new series of Undercover Boss.   Over the years I’ve watched a whole load of these, not just from the UK, but also USA and Australia.  In almost every episode, hidden in the programme’s format, … Continue reading

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How Ford integrated its European spare parts supply chain

In 2012, Ford Motor Company and Penske Logistics won the European Award for Logistics Excellence.  This video explains why.  Over a period of several years, they collaborated to redesign and improve the spare parts delivery performance of all their brands – … Continue reading

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