The Driver Shortage: Ideas for Improving Driver Retention

February 21, 2018

Driver recruitment and driver retention are still very much on the agenda for transport logistics operations. Whilst reporting this issue appeared to be a zeitgeist 12 months ago, it now seems to be dropping from the news radar in favour of the more exciting technical advances in logistics such as autonomous vehicles, AI and robotics. These developments are great and will undoubtedly revolutionise the logistics industry in time. However, driver shortages are a real and present issue and so in this article we propose a few, possibly unconventional, ideas for driver retention. Read more

MRP, MRPII…DDMRP? The Planning of Manufacturing Explained

February 19, 2018

Of all the elements of a supply chain, the planning of manufacturing is the area that is probably most mired in confusing language and acronyms. MRP, MRPII, DDMRP, RCCP, MPS… the list goes on. Manufacturing is a complex beast and trying to grasp the basic planning processes can be challenging if you’ve not been exposed to manufacturing before. In this article we explain, in straight-forward terms, the core concepts of the manufacturing planning process and put the mind-boggling acronyms into context. Read more

The Impact of AI on Logistics and Transport

February 16, 2018

Many companies already have access to what is termed ‘big data’, providing information on almost every aspect of the supply chain. That’s great, but big data is only useful if it can be interpreted quickly and easily. Pumping big data to a team of analysts with spreadsheets is never going to leverage its maximum benefits, so analytical algorithms have been developed to support this analysis. However, algorithms must be developed and tweaked by people which takes time. The answer to this problem is now coming in the shape of artificial intelligence (AI). Read more

Is Logistics Planning the Most Complex Task in Supply Chain?

February 9, 2018

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

Warehouse Design – 5 Tips for Success

February 8, 2018

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

Supply Chain Visibility – What It Is and How It’s Achieved

February 6, 2018

The business world is becoming more data driven as companies recognise the benefits of using real-time data to accurately run their operations. Within the supply chain profession, you may have noticed that the term ‘supply chain visibility’ is increasingly being put forward as a key factor in running and managing successful supply chains and logistics operations. But what is meant by supply chain visibility and why is it coming into greater prominence? Read more