Wednesday 26th Sep 2018 - Logistics & Supply Chain

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The challenges of returns processing

At almost every ''Supply Chain Standard'' Roundtable over the past year or so, the conversation has come around to reverse logistics - the business of pulling goods back from some point in the supply chain, be it a distribution centre, a store, or a

Swisslog – Procter & Gamble

A casestudy on the LoadBuilder module at the Reading site of Procter & Gamble, which has helped to drive down transport costs and offers flexibility in meeting P&G’s customer needs.

The challenge of change

Supply chain management is at one of those once-in-decade crossroads when it is time to make significant changes to accepted practices in order to maintain efficiency and profitability. NIGEL GALLIER looks at some of the challenges ahead.

Future trends in the supply chain

The use of temporary labour, dealing with seasonal peaks in demand, retaining flexibility and responsiveness, managing risk, and aligning a supply chain to best serve the customer, are all dynamic areas of supply chain management.

Speed reading at Waterstone’s

Waterstone’s, the UK’s largest specialist book seller, is making a major investment in its supply chain that will cut costs and radically improve the range and availability of books in stores and online.

Understanding critical parts logistics

Maintaining a telecommunications network, IT system or an intricate piece of plant is a critical task for many enterprises. Ensuring that essential spare parts are in stock and available for field service engineers is of vital importance in fulfilling cus

Taking the trial out of pharmaceutical testing

Bringing new drugs to market is a very expensive business: typically it can cost over €500 million and - given time limitations on patents - the pharmaceuticals company then has just 5-10 years or so to recoup its investment and make a profit for most the

Challenges of the healthcare and life sciences sector

Late cancellations meant our November Roundtable discussion, supported by DHL-Exel Supply Chain, was somewhat bereft in quantity, but for quality this meant that our ability to drill down into some of the detail of a very idiosyncratic, not to mention lif

Inventory:the great debate

No one ever got fired for having too much inventory, but they certainly have for running out of stock. With that warning from Professor David Simchi-Levi, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ringing in their ears attendees at Supply Chain Standa

Vocollect – Balford Farms

Founded in 1891, Balford Farms is the oldest continuously operating independent dairy distributor serving the greater Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley areas of Pennsylvania; central and southern New Jersey; along with portions of Delaware, Maryland, Virgini

Vocollect – The Harvard drug group LLC

The Harvard Drug Group LLC, headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, is uniquely positioned as the only combination generic drug/consumer products distributor and drug wholesaler.

Vocollect – Ingram Book Group

Ingram Book Group is the world’s largest wholesale distributor of books and audio books to booksellers, librarians and specialty retailers.

Vocollect – Glidewell Distributing Co.

Since 1946, when J.W. Glidewell began his distribution business with a GMC panel truck in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Glidewell Distributing has had one mission: to help sellers of high- and small-ticket consumables increase sales and profit. In that time, the

Creative outsourcing

When it comes to strategic outsourcing, cost and service benefits can be taken for granted - the key factor to look for, argues NICK CULLEN, is innovation.

Supply chain challenges of multi-channel retailing

Retailers are facing increasing supply chain complexity. With growing competition from online retailers many leading high street players are adopting an integrated multi-channel retail strategy in order to meet the varied demands of the consumer. But such

Asos sets the fashion in logistics

Online fashion retailing is booming, but effective fulfilment is critical to meeting customer expectations of keen prices, fast turn-around times and a high level of service. Dan Meadows looks at how investment in logistics paid off for ASOS, one of the U

Putting collaboration centre stage

With transport costs rising and green issues increasingly on the agenda. The FMCG sector needs to adopt a more collaborative approach to solving the sector's distribution challenges, says Hugh Basham

Complexity and the extended supply chain

According to the World Trade Organisation the yearly real growth of world merchandise exports averaged six per cent in 2005 after outstandingly strong growth of 9.5 per cent in the preceding year. With such rapid growth in global trade and with consolida

Blackbay – Whitbread case study

Whitbread PLC is the UK’s leading hospitality company. Its brands include Costa, TGI Friday, Beafeater, David Lloyd Leisure and Premier Travel Inn.

Blackbay – Parcelforce case study

“Seeing the Delivery Connect solution providing near real-time confirmation of delivery and collections and instant communications between the driver and depot was the unique selling point. We could not find any other software house that could match thei

In Support of a Premium Brand

Unipart Logistics has been distributing Jaguar parts to the company’s dealers since 1984. Mike Varnom, director and general manager of Unipart Aftermarket Logistics explains how the company has kept pace with the iconic auto maker’s needs.

BT Rolatruc Ltd – Bearfield

When Bearfields needed to replace their existing outdoor truck for one more durable and reliable, they turned to BT for help.

BT Rolatruc Ltd – Carpetright

When Carpetright plc decided to improve their materials handling process they turned to BT. With their long standing relationship, Carpetright was confident that BT could provide a bespoke product and training package that would assist in the handling

Shaping the future of the automotive supply chain

Vehicle manufactures operating in the West face significant challenges, with static markets, over-production, price competition and high labour rates creating an environment of slim margins for both OEMs and suppliers alike. The supply chain will play a p

BT Rolatruc Ltd – BMI

When BMI Hospital Supplies looked to replace their existing service and maintenance package they turned to BT. Renowned for their high quality service and maintenance agreements BMI felt confident that BT could keep their trucks working round the clock.

Developing a partnership approach

Ensuring that an organisation’s supply chain supports the delivery of its business strategies, whilst maximising shareholder value and financial returns, has always been a challenge. However, given today’s increasingly global, complex and fragmented suppl

Kewill – Speciality Retail Group

Menswear retailer Speciality Retail Group (SRG) has reduced lead times and lowered overall order cycle times, following the successful implementation of the Kewill Trade order fulfilment solution from Kewill. The solution has allowed SRG to optimise wareh

BT Rolatruc Ltd – Pizza Express

When Pizza Express looked to improve their loading bay and bakery handling processes, they turned to BT for help. With their long standing relationship they were confident that BT could provide an ideal solution.

Technology’s Cutting Edge

Unipart Technology Logistics started ten years ago with a contract from computer company Hewlett-Packard to support engineers in the UK with a delivery service. Maurice Daw, managing director of the company, looks at the key trends affecting high technolo

Critical Sucess Factors in Collaboration

In the third of a series of articles looking at the information needs of mid sized companies Hitesh Amin, examines the growing importance of collaboration in the supply chain. Collaboration calls for financial investment, but just as importantly it requir

New Challenges for Hi-Tech Supply Chains

The hi-tech industry is in a state of flux: gone are the days when companies managed their own R & D, production and marketing. Today, many outsource some of these tasks with an emphasis on mass customisation and bespoke promotional initiatives. This pres

Defining the Gold Standard for S&OP

The complexities of managing and optimising the flow of materials, cash and information across the supply chain need to be mastered if a competitive position is to be defended. Nowhere is Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) more critical than in the CPG

Sharon And Kevin’s 50 Meter Dash

The last 50 metres between the stockroom and a retailer’s shelf remains one of the supply chain’s biggest challenges and contributes to problems of ‘high cost’ and ‘low availability’. Initiatives from the IGD and ECR have resulted in workable standards, b

Configuring Your Supply Chain for Growth

Many ambitious, medium-sized companies – especially in distribution, manufacturing and retail – with designs on stepping up a weight are challenged on how best to go about it. Managers must ensure that processes and systems are aligned to deliver efficien

Part and parcel

Having the right service parts available when customers need them is now critical in maintaining brand image, loyalty and service level agreements. Jasper van der Wulp argues that global operations and just-in-time manufacturing trends are putting an em

The missing link in supply chain

Once goods leave the warehouse they can enter an information void, where suppliers and customers are left guessing on the status of their deliveries. How do you maintain real-time visibility of goods on the move and how do you use that information to make

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