The short answer to why EU companies are moving their supply chains away from the UK is, of course, Brexit. Since the UK vote to leave the European Union there has been lot’s of anecdotal discussion on companies that may move their supply chain out of the UK, but we’re now seeing hard facts come from some industry bodies. We know Brexit is the reason, but why? Is this a long term or short term problem? And how can we respond to it? Read more
The UK now conducts over a fifth of retail transactions online which is a five-fold increase in the last 10 years and there is no sign, and no obvious reason, why this trend won’t continue to grow. Amazon recognised this 20 years ago but some of our best-known retail brands didn’t. Consequently, Amazon’s share price is soaring whilst many high-profile retail brands are facing administration. The traditional model of retail on high streets is in rapid decline and e-commerce is where the battleground is now, starting in the warehouse. Read more
Logistics planning is the supply chain equivalent of conducting an orchestra – trying to unify a multitude of moving parts and people to deliver in time. The only difference is, for an orchestra who gets it right, there’ll be a standing ovation; for the logistics planner that gets it right, there’ll just be silence. Get it wrong and there will be anything but silence. In this article, we look at why logistics planning is possibly the most complex task in supply chain management. Read more
Efficient warehouse design is a key element of ensuring that material flow through the supply chain is achieved as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. Gone are the days of ‘stores’ that simply had stock, and lots of it, piled high with limited thought to expense. Modern warehouses need to be super-efficient machines, handling the material throughput with speed and accuracy. To achieve this, detailed consideration needs to be given to every aspect of warehouse design, so in this article we give 5 tips for success. Read more
Warehouses are typically designed around the primary functions of receiving, storage, retrieval, and despatch.
The objective of effective warehouse design is to ensure each function is optimised and that material handling, which is the movement of goods between each function, is as efficient and has as few touch points as possible.
Whether you are looking to redesign an existing facility, or design a brand-new facility, there are five steps to be addressed to ensure that the warehouse design is comprehensive and effective. Read more
Competition is fierce in the logistics sector and therefore having a competitive advantage that sets your company apart, either from a business or consumer-demand perspective, is vital for survival and cashflow. However, as consumer expectations increase and put pressure on order fulfilment cycle times and costs, the challenges and complexities for logistics operations grow. Because of these challenges logisticians are now looking at how technology can help them both from a productivity aspect as well as from a customer experience angle. Read more