The Fight for Retail Dominance Has Moved to the Warehouse

March 20, 2018

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 ecommerce is where the battle ground is now, starting in the warehouse. Read more

Is Your Supply Chain Ready for GDPR?

March 16, 2018

On May 25th this year, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws come into effect. GDPR will replace the current Data Protection Act 1988 and the new regulation places greater emphasis on data privacy. Even though this legislation is controlled by the European Union, the UK government has confirmed that it will be transposed into UK law as part of the Brexit process. Furthermore, it is unlikely to be amended by the UK as it will be a key requirement for any companies trading with the European Union. Read more

How Robots are Changing Ecommerce Warehousing

March 14, 2018

Automation in warehouses has been with us for a while, with material handling and storage equipment such as shuttle racking and conveyor systems. However, new robotics technology is introducing more intelligence in the automation of material movement in warehouses. Traditionally automation relied on fixed physical infrastructure such as tracks, but what we’re now seeing is flexibility for robots to carry products freely across the floor based on non-physical tracks determined by software algorithms. Read more

Autonomous Trucks in the UK – This is No Revolution

March 4, 2018

Autonomous trucks are a hot topic and, thanks to enthusiastic sharing of concept videos on social media, the casual observer may think that the world of logistics is about to be revolutionised by autonomous vehicle fleets. The reality is that the technology and the commercial viability are far from synchronised, and we’re looking at an evolutionary timespan of decades. In this article we discuss the timescales and levels of autonomy being considered for UK fleets and the constraining issues for implementation. Read more

KFC Logistics Problems – Separating Fallacy from Reality

February 25, 2018

It would be fair to say that, over the last 10 days, KFC and DHL have not had the best time. Implementation problems on new logistics contracts are not uncommon, in fact, every new contract without exception will have unexpected implementation issues. Whatever the issues have been for DHL (they have not been disclosed so far) their impact has been considerable for the KFC restaurants. However, let’s not be too negative, there’s a lot of fallacy being reported. Read more

How Advanced Analytics Is Driving the Supply Chain

February 22, 2018

In recent weeks we’ve posted articles relating to how companies are seeking to improve supply chain visibility and use AI to interpret information from the supply chain into actionable data. These initiatives need to be underpinned by having big data and advanced analytics in place across the supply chain. It sometimes feels that, at present, big data, analytics, supply chain visibility and certainly AI are more concept than reality for most supply chain professionals and so it has been interesting to read a recent study by The Hackett Group. Read more