Additive Manufacturing and It’s Influence On the Supply Chain

June 13, 2018

Additive manufacturing is a technological advancement in which computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners are used to create lighter and stronger parts. This technique allows precise objects to be made from a digital design with structures being created out of thousands of minuscule layers.  Within the manufacturing operation a layering process is applied where the joining of materials required to create the object is completed layer-by-layer – this is opposed to traditional manufacturing where the material is usually carved or shaped. Read more

Modernising Third Party Logistics with Robotics Technology

June 4, 2018

Logistics is increasingly under focus in modern businesses as it is an area where real differentiation can be made. Strategic input can create efficiencies which have an immensely positive impact on customer perceptions and the bottom line. Where we are really seeing these efficiencies is in the area of automation and robotics in third-party logistics providers (3PLs). These technologies can  remove manual tasks which can be slow and prone to human error. The result is improved performance, competitive advantage and increased revenue. Read more

How to Nurture Your Supply Chain Relationships

May 14, 2018

We all know we have to nurture personal relationships to ensure they stay beneficial for both parties. What we don’t often realise is that business relationships need the same nurturing. It’s important to reflect on your supply chain relationships to ensure they are productive and worthwhile for your business. Each relationship plays its part in your overall supply chain success. Fundamentally, successful supply chain relationships are all about managing different expectations, as well as ensuring each party gets what they need. Read more

Why EU Companies are Moving Supply Chains Away from the UK

May 10, 2018

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

How AI-Powered Algorithms Will Transform Supply Chains

May 8, 2018

In today’s supply chains there is so much data that is generated. This data needs to be capitalised on by businesses to ensure that it is understood and used to make powerful and informed decisions that drive a company forward. Using data efficaciously means that businesses are able to move away from a traditional supply chain into a digital supply chain. Digital supply chains are leading-edge, completely integrated and are fully transparent to all involved – from the raw material suppliers, parts supplier and transporters right through to the customer whose demand is being fulfilled. Read more

Should You, and Can You, Brexit-Proof Your Supply Chain?

May 3, 2018

We are, of course, still hearing a great deal of concern about Brexit and supply chain. This leads us to consider what we can be doing to Brexit-proof our business and supply chain. However, should we? If so, how? It comes down to knowing your supply chain’s strengths and weaknesses. Fundamentally Brexit is a change. With change comes opportunity. Knowing your business strengths and weaknesses equips you to capitalise on the changes ahead, quickly and profitably. Agility alone can become your greatest strength. Read more