Friday 10th Jul 2020 - Logistics & Supply Chain

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Peak practice

Convenience outweighs price for online shopping. Some might find that hard to believe, but that’s the clear message from a survey into consumer preferences.

Facing up to the cyber threat

Just last month, Yahoo revealed that 500 million accounts had been compromised in a massive data breach. Last year, 157,000 Talk Talk customers had their personal details hacked in a cyber attack on the company.

Could Uber boost sustainability in the parcels market?

The idea of Uber-style services for the delivery of parcels is starting to gain some traction. Amazon has its Flex service, while Walmart is testing deliveries with a number of different services including Uber itself. But what about the environmental impact?

Faster fashion puts new pressure on supply chains

I can remember an audience of supply chain professionals left agog a few years ago, as they listened to Spanish academic José Luis Nueno explain how Zara can see an outfit on the catwalk in Paris – and have a version of it on the shelves of its stores 24 hours later.

Challenging future for food supply chains

Anyone watching the rapid rise of the discount retailers in the grocery market could be forgiven for thinking that price is the overriding factor for consumers. However, a new report for the Fairtrade Foundation challenges that, arguing that government and business must do more to make the food supply chain “fair”.

Malory Davies FCILT, Editor.

Time to take a risk?

Global supply chain risk has hit a high driven by uncertainty over the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, according to the CIPS Risk Index.


The shortlist for the 20th Anniversary Supply Chain Excellence Awards has been unveiled – and it highlights the outstanding work that has been done by supply chain professionals over the past year.

Time to buy an online retailer?

The word “relentless” might have been invented to describe the pace of change in online retail – and it clear that many retailers still have some way to go in integrating their online and physical stores to maximise potential sales. The latest move has come from Walmart with a deal to buy US online retailer […]

Attracting talent: must try harder

Seven out of ten parents don’t want their kids to be truckers – at least that’s what a Freight Transport Association found in a Twitter poll.

How big is the threat from Uber-style deliveries?

The idea of Uber-style delivery services has been around for a couple of years now – and only a couple of months ago we reported Walmart’s plans to trial such services in the United States.

What we need is more Black Fridays

Amazon sold more than two million toys and one million pairs of shoes around the world on Prime Day 2016. Prime Day was launched in 2015 when Prime members bought more than 14 million items worldwide.

Government fails again on airport capacity

The Brexit vote was always going to create uncertainty. There is already evidence of companies delaying investment decisions. But perhaps the most high profile casualty so far is the expansion of airport capacity in the South East of the UK.

Brexit: agility and resilience will be critical

The UK’s vote to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves around the world. It was unexpected by most observers and has created an immense amount of uncertainty about the impact on organisations and their supply chains.

Slow trucking: the next stage in green logistics?

Reducing carbon emissions from freight transport is moving up the agenda – it is only a few weeks since some of Europe’s leading brands, including Nestlé, Philips, and Deutsche Post DHL, called on the EU to introduce energy efficiency standards within the next two years.

Could Uber revolutionise home deliveries?

Back in June 2014, when Uber first started making waves in the UK, I suggested that there might be a role for it in goods deliveries (see “It’ll never catch on”)

Time to invest in the future of logistics

Just 16 days until the UK referendum on membership of the European Union – not surprising perhaps that uncertainty over the future is having an impact on business confidence.

EU under pressure on CO2 as global brands demand action

One of the oddities of the European Union’s vehicle emissions programme is that it has been focused entirely on reducing pollutants such as NOx and particulates – standards have been in place since the early 1990s and have resulted in massive reductions in these pollutants.

Time to track the consumer?

There was a time when it was considered cutting edge for a parcels company to be able to keep track of its parcels. But things move on and now, it seems, the really important thing is to track the recipients.

Changing the concept of last mile delivery?

DHL has just completed a three month test of a “Parcelcopter” which automatically delivers and collects parcels from a special pack station. And the UPS Foundation is working on a plan to use drones to deliver vaccines in remote locations. If anyone thought drones were just a fad, here is the evidence that they are […]

Time to embrace fresh challenges

Tesco has come up with a way of saving 135 tonnes of fine beans from going to waste each year – and getting a fresher product to the customer.

Are we ready to bin the barcode?

Back in February 2004 we reported that Exel (or DHL as it is now known) was trialling radio frequency identification (RFID) for Selfridges at its Hams Hall national distribution centre.

Critical need for business skills

Globalisation, multi-channel retail, and rapid technological development means that supply chain is becoming ever more complex, so ensuring that organisations have people with the right skills is becoming ever more important.

Are you facing a digital disadvantage?

More than half of supply chain professionals expect the majority of data from the extended supply chain to be accessible to their organisations in the next five years – that is a massive rise from the 15 per cent that say it is now.

Time to target supply chain fraud

Managing supply chain risk is a vital task, but to what extent are organisations targeting fraud in the supply chain?

Time to be more risk averse?

Television and newspapers have been full of stories of terrorist attacks and aircraft hijackings recently – events that are both horrifying and tragic.

VAT fraud plan will impact logistics

For most in freight and logistics, the key issue in the Budget is whether the duty of fuel is going to rise – and of course we now know that it didn’t.

Are you ready for robots?

Just like our children can’t picture a world without computers, it is likely that their children will feel the same way about robots. The comment comes from Deutsche Post DHL’s Clemens Beckmann – and I suspect that many people will find the thought a little disconcerting.

Who needs railways?

The news that the UK is following the German example and launching trials of driverless trucks, promises to open up new opportunities to boost the efficiency of long-distance transport.

Time to outsource risk?

Who should manage supply chain risk? The assumption is that it is something that is so fundamental to a company’s business that it really has to be an internal responsibility – and at a high level.

How to win friends and influence people

Trade bodies should initiate a review of the inbound and outbound flows of materials and goods within their sectors, to identify opportunities for logistical efficiency gains.

Innovative disruption is here

A couple of months ago, at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards, I predicted that in 2016 we would start to see more examples of disruptive innovation in the logistics market.

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.

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