Saturday 25th Nov 2017 - Logistics & Supply Chain

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All set for lift off

With demand levels rising unabated, what is the outlook for occupiers seeking space in 2017? Liza Helps reports

A smarter future

Will augmented reality revolutionise the future of order picking? Alexandra Leonards takes a look at smart glasses and their place in the market.

Raining money

The recession taught some major corporations that, if they wanted to secure their supply chains, they needed to ensure that suppliers could finance their operations. Sam Tulip looks at the challenges of modern supply chain finance…

The big squeeze

Rent levels across Europe should be rising with growing demand for space both in big box locations and in urban centres but all is not what it seems. Liza Helps reports…

What’s the master plan?

Despite major technological improvements in business, faultless sales and operations planning is still very difficult to achieve. So how can companies advance the planning process? Alex Leonards explores…

Golden gates

There’s more than one way to load a trailer. Finding the best way could open the doors to huge efficiency, but there are many factors barring the way, says Johanna Parsons.

The robots are coming

The idea of mechanical servants goes right back to ancient mythology, but the past few years have seen advances in the technologies that are moving from automation to robotics. Malory Davies  examines the issues.

Procurement under pressure

Procurement has faced a number of heavy pressures over the past few years. Alexandra Leonards explores how the profession is responding to these new challenges, and the future for the sector.

Challenging the conventional

The need to reduce carbon emissions, together with the development of innovative network services, means that the dominance of traditional FTL and LTL road services is being nibbled away at in the pan-European transport market.

First degrees of separation

The UK government is starting to plan the country’s exit from the European Union. Malory Davies looks at the implications for supply chain professionals across the continent.

An unexpected gift

Firebox, the online retailer delivering weird and wonderful goods, won Team of the Year alongside arvato at the 2015 Logistics & Supply Chain Excellence Awards. Commercial director Kerry Okikiade explains to Alexandra Leonards why they made such an outstanding team, and how Firebox became the best place to find an unexpected gift…

Sortation: Dazzling diversity

With omni-channel retail making orders more diverse than ever before, increasingly refined methods are key for sortation systems. Johanna Parsons investigates.

Problems with passengers

Air cargo is facing a tough reality with rising numbers of passengers increasing capacity ahead of freight demand. Could a move towards specialist industries disrupt the static market? Alexandra Leonards reports.

Weighing up the situation

The new SOLAS weighing rules have finally come in to force. But is the industry ready for it? Alexandra Leonards explores…

Should you risk it?

Extending supply chains to take advantage of the rapidly growing economies of the Far East, has also extended the range of supply chain risks that organisations have to manage. And building resilience in to the supply chain is a complex process.

Network Design and Optimisation: Maze mastery

A supply chain network can turn into a maze without a proper Understanding of its true objectives. Malory Davies looks at the key factors in ensuring the success of a design and optimisation project.

Poised to spring…

As demand for space strengthens across Europe,speculative development is not far behind. Liza Helps reports…

A change in the wind

Customer need for speed and cost efficiency is driving innovation in freight forwarding. The market has been tough for ocean and air freight – but will the wind be taken from their sails? Alexandra Leonards explores the challenges generated by this customer demand, and the impact it has on the supply chain.

Get ready for a digital future

Physicist Stephen Hawking has predicted a future with “machines whose intelligence exceeds ours by more than ours exceeds that of snails”. so, how could technology available today transform fulfilment? By Penelope Ody

Record highs for big sheds

There is record take up and continuing strong demand, but is there enough availability and at what price? Liza Helps.

The customer is always right

Across the globe, shifting consumer behaviour is driving developments in the supply chain. And nowhere is it more visible than in the order picking market. Alexandra Leonards explores…

Chain of complexity

CAN the WMS cope with picking goods in-store – or would the EPOS system be more appropriate – or something else entirely? The world of supply chain execution is becoming more complex. Malory Davies investigates.

Driving DHL to the top

DHL Supply Chain is embarking on the next phase of its development strategy. John Gilbert, chief executive officer, explains to Malory Davies how the world’s largest logistics provider plans to maintain market leadership.

Record take-up

Strong activity from occupiers across Europe has led to the lowest vacancy rates since 2007. But, says Liza Helps, it’s not all bad news for occupiers.

The hunt for value

Analysis of Big Data has the potential to unearth myriad benefits for a company – but how can we capture the valuable, and ignore the superfluous, in such a huge digital expanse? Alexandra Leonards explores…

Planning for change

The rate of change faced by organisations in both the retail and manufacturing sectors has never been greater, increasing the need for effective planning, but also making it more challenging. Malory Davies looks at what it takes to implement an effective sales and operations planning programme.

Good news (at least for shoppers) at Christmas

Unlike Christmas 2014, last year’s festivities were not followed by endless news stories about failed deliveries – but that doesn’t necessarily equate with problem-free orders or increased profits.

XPO targets organic growth

The group has expanded dramatically through a series of take-overs, but it is now looking for double-digit organic growth, Malcolm Wilson, who heads the European logistics division, tells Malory Davies.

Are you in danger of being named and shamed?

Almost half of the supply chain partners of 75 major multi-nationals have failed to meet requests for information on their carbon emissions and climate risk strategies – that’s a total of some 4,000 companies.

You want to do so much more…

Richard Hunt has sorted out industrial relations problems in the oil industry, and led a major 3PL. But, as chairman of the London Ambulance Service, he is dealing with some of the toughest logistics challenges around. He talks to Malory Davies.

Gearing up for global expansion

The motor industry has always operated on a global scale, but increasingly manufacturers are developing integrated global infrastructures. Malory Davies examines some of the latest supply chain developments.

What do you bid me?

The third party logistics market is seeing an upswing in merger and takeover activity globally. Malory Davies looks at some of the key deals.

The last days of the spreadsheet

In a dynamic business environment where complexity rules, advanced planning systems are fast becoming ‘must have’ tools of the supply chain. Are the days of the spreadsheet numbered? By Nick Allen.

New beginnings

Developers are looking to acquire sites in the key locations of Europe to satisfy growing demand. Liza Helps reports.

Near-shoring puts focus on transport networks

The past couple of years have seen companies rebalancing their manufacturing strategies and putting a renewed emphasis on near-shoring to give optimum access to markets. And, says Lisa Townshend, development of efficient transport networks is a critical element in the strategy.

Sourcing the long-term

Supply chains for businesses, big and small, are finding themselves under pressure to reduce costs, improve efficiency and assist in the maintenance of a steady cash flow.

Network strategies

Companies are increasingly taking a strategic approach to supply chain execution systems – but there are still those that are missing out because they have failed to invest. Malory Davies investigates.

LSC 2015: cutting edge strategies

Cutting edge supply chain strategies from leading retailers and manufacturers came under scrutiny at the Logistics & Supply Chain Conference in London in March.

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