Thursday 20th Sep 2018 - Logistics & Supply Chain

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The Cross-Border Implications of WEEE

Many businesses preparing for the implementation of WEEE have overlooked the important role – and potentially significant cost – logistics could play in bringing the new legislation into force, explains Paul James

Buying into Sustainable Global Sourcing

Supply chains are becoming more extended and complex as retailers move to sourcing goods on a global basis. Motivated by lower manufacturing costs, retailers and distributors are now confronted by greater complexity in managing the flow of goods to market

The Inconvenient Truth of Retail’s New Focus

Retailers are shifting their focus away from out of town supercentres to more local stores in the middle of towns and shopping centres. And indications are that we may well be at the beginning of a ‘Convenience shopping’ revolution. But what are the imp

Integration Moves into the Middle Ground

Mid-market companies are fast growing enterprises with all the complex issues – albeit on a smaller scale – of larger organisations. Systems integration needs to be a low risk operation. But don’t sell yourself short, you need processes, systems and proce

Calculating the Risks and Benefits of Automation

Committing to a warehouse automation project requires complete confidence in the forward strategy of the company, a full understanding of present and future supply chain requirements, a detailed knowledge of the product profiles being handled and importan

Lean, Mean Supply Chain Machine

Unipart has adopted lean logistics as a key element in meeting the very different objectives of customers across a broad range of industries. Nick Allen talks ‘lean’ with eight senior executives from the company

The challenge of the East

Eastern European countries are some of the world’s most rapidly growing markets with high demand for consumer goods and an expanding manufacturing base – but the logistics infrastructure is often woefully inadequate. Leigh Pomlett highlights some strategi

A fashion for European expansion

Price deflation, globalisation, rising costs, increasing competition from online operations and supermarkets, and ever-more demanding consumers: it all adds up to an extremely tough trading environment for fashion retailers – but Europe offers significant

Heading for a traffic free future

Cutting congestion in our city centres is vital before we all grind into permanent gridlock. Chris Hudson puts the case for urban consolidation centres

The challenge of innovation – balancing risk and reward

Applying innovative technology in an intelligent fashion can yield real benefits, but how do you identify a tangible application, assess the risks and justify the expenditure? Which particularareas merit focus and produce most value? Our roundtable panell

A change of gear

Structural change in the automotive sector is placing a heavy emphasis on the supply chain and increasing dependence on international logistics providers. By Mark Seager

The challenge of Global Sourcing

The trend to globalisation shows no signs of weakening. The purpose of this round table debate was to explore some of the many challenges that global sourcing is throwing up for supply chain operations and for the wider business. By Sam Tulip

Catching the wave

Buoyant times lie ahead for sea freight operations, says Chris Fahy. For many years regarded as a largely commoditised activity, concerned only with port-toport operations, sea freight is, at last, winning recognition for the crucial role it has to play i

Healthy, wealthy and smart

Anthony Mitchell describes some recent trends in healthcare logistics and offers support in the ongoing battle against counterfeit medicines

Developing management skills for supply

What competencies and skills are most useful for 'enlightened' management of the supply chain? Our round table looked for best practice in developing the right skill set. By Chris Lewis

An agenda for growth

What are the key factors driving growth in outsourced supply chain management? John Pattullo gives some pointers to where the sector is heading.

The problem with inventory

European manufacturers are going wrong with inventory optimisation. James Hurrell explains how it could be done so much better.

Prescription for growth

Finnish pharmaceutical distributor Oriola is reaping the benefits of a new IT system which offers greater management of sell-by dates and batch control.

I see no juggernauts

Writing in the October issue of Logistics Europe, regular columnist Peter Bartram quoted a leading international economist as saying that the days of $25 a barrel oil were probably gone forever. Perhaps that's right. So, what does this mean for commercial

Making ‘Labour Management’ work

Recruiting, retaining and motivating staff is a long-standing problem for logistics operations, made more acute, in the UK at least, by the current relatively high levels of employment. What makes a company good to work for?

Retail and everything in between

'It is possible for the seller to sell, the retailer to retail, and the supply chain specialist to do everything in between.’ Although this statement is undoubtedly true, the issues are whether the outsourced supply chain management sector is really capab

The next big thing…

Although content to leave futurology to the experts, Jon Bumstead believes he has identified the next big thing in logistics.

Supplier network collaboration

The 21st Century is going to be very different in terms of how people relate to their 'supply chains'. That was the view of Sharon Boyes-Schiller of SkyScape Solutions, sponsors of this month's Logistics Europe Round Table discussion. By Sam Tulip

Setting the code for collaboration

Leading global e-business standards consortium, RosettaNet, created its Global Logistics Council last year. Exel’s Mark Patel, the first Chairman of the Council, outlines the organisation’s ambitious agenda.

Exploring the middle ground

A Logistics Europe Round Table in June, supported by IBM and Intentia, discussed the challenges and opportunities facing midrange distributors in a fast changing business environment.

Serving aces in IT support

With an increasing number of businesses relying on collaborative technologies for efficient trading with international partners, IT service management (ITSM) is coming to the fore. Jane Seeley explains what IT service management is and why it should be on

Globalising IT in the supply chain

To overcome the complexities of globalisation, integrated IT solutions are key to maintaining consistency and visibility. Martin Neil highlights the benefits of globally integrated IT services and solutions for supply chain management.

Better healthcare through leaner logistics

Hospitals have traditionally relied upon nursing and care staff to manage and replenish stocks, an activity that, though important, is not the most effective use of finite nursing resources. Simon Duddy illustrates how supply chain best practice can be

Reverse logistics moves forward

One area of the supply chain where value can be created and recovered at marginal cost is reverse logistics. Steve Butler highlights some of the key drivers that have placed this much overlooked subject at the top of supply chain agendas.

Supply chain cure for clinical trials

As the pharmaceutical industry is faced with a range of challenges from dwindling research and development (R&D) pipelines to increased competition from generic pharmaceutical substitutes, pharmaceutical manufacturers are refocusing their resources and lo

The supply chain as a strategic tool

Greg Black investigates how value can be created for customers by taking an holistic approach to the supply chain. He highlights the benefits that can be derived from perceiving the supply chain as a strategic tool rather than each element as disparate op

Taking a screwdriver to the supply chain

Jonathon Breden debates the growing need for the technology sector to integrate technical activities within the outbound and reverse logistics area of the supply chain. ‘It’s all about logisticians with screwdrivers’.

The three areas of opportunity

Over the past decade, market globalisation and industry consolidation have been the catalyst for new levels of sophistication in retail logistics. Mike Samuels vice president development retail and consumer at Exel, points to the three key areas of opport

A decade of innovation

Over the past decade there have been some fundamental changes within the supply chain that have both enabled and necessitated the longer, more effective, optimised and IT-focused logistics solutions that we now take for granted. John Allan considers these

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