Thursday 21st Nov 2019 - Logistics & Supply Chain

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Time to collaborate with the competition?

The need to develop sustainable distribution systems is driving new interest in collaboration, but companies still need to learn that logistics need not be a competitive issue, argues DEAN WYATT

Addressing the last link in the chain

The adoption of a sound strategy at the port-to-destination leg of the supply chain can have a direct impact on the amount and position of inventory, accuracy of forecasting, availability of product at DC, store or manufacturing line, and ultimately the

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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