3 Building Blocks of Logistics Network Design

February 3, 2018

The objective of logistics network design is to create a logistics network where the material flow between source and demand points can move as quickly and as efficiently as needed. Of course, logistics is subject to a host of geographical and time constraints and the essence of good logistics network design is to build an optimal ‘path’ around these constraints.

In designing this path, the logistics network designer must consider the three ‘building blocks’ of the network – location strategy, transport strategy, and inventory strategy. Read more

Logistics Outsourcing – 5 Reasons to Partner with a 3PL

January 29, 2018

Logistics is increasingly becoming a key differentiator when it comes to servicing customers and, reflecting this, supply chains are an area of rapid technological development. These two factors combined make it increasingly difficult for some companies to deploy the investment and retain the skill needed to remain at the front of the field when it comes to their logistics operations. In this article, we look at five reasons why a company might consider partnering with a 3PL. Read more

So, You Want a Free Hamster in Every Box? Why Logistics Should Question Sales

January 28, 2018

Sales teams naturally follow the beat of a different drum than logistics operations. The drive of sales is, of course, to sell and ensure they meet every feasible market requirement. The drive of logistics is get those sales to customers at the expected time and cost. However, very often there’s a conflict between how the product is being sold and the ability of logistics to meet the terms of the sale. Customers may well want a free hamster with every order, but logistics might struggle. Read more

The Changing Face and Challenges of Urban Logistics

October 18, 2017

City centres are facing a massive challenge due to congestion and pollution. For example, journey times in Central London have been rising 12% year-on-year. All city centres are experiencing a greater number of van and truck traffic – likely down to the immense change that e-commerce is bringing. Read more

The Benefits of Real-time Route Optimisation

September 1, 2017

As ‘on-demand’ expectations increase within supply chains, the freight industry is under continuing pressure to deploy flexible and responsive transport networks that can react to rapid demand changes. In this article Dr Phillip Welch, Managing Director of Open Door Logistics, explains what real-time route optimisation is and how it can benefit freight networks. Read more

What the Logistics Sector Wants From the Next Government

June 5, 2017

As the UK prepares to go to the polls on 8 June, logistics trade bodies have released their own ‘manifestos’ calling for the next Government to boost the sector by investing heavily in infrastructure and delivering ‘frictionless’ trade with the EU after Brexit. Read more