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

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

Learning from Failure: 5 Lessons in Supply Chain Management

May 26, 2017

In supply chain management and logistics you can always learn from mistakes that others have made! Whether it is deliveries that cannot be made on time or manufacturing processes that cannot keep up with the pace of demand, there is always something that can be learnt from the issues experienced by other companies. Here we consider 5 supply chain lessons that all supply chain managers should pay attention to. Read more

Planning for Natural Disasters in the Supply Chain

October 26, 2016

The key to managing the detrimental impact of natural disasters in the supply chain is not to be at the stage of asking what to do once the natural disaster has happened. To mitigate the risk from natural disasters in the supply chain it is imperative to plan for them. Here’s a few thoughts on doing just that. Read more

Post-Brexit Fuel Price Increases. A Blessing in Disguise?

August 1, 2016

The drop in Sterling’s value after the Brexit vote has seemingly rattled some oil suppliers world-wide, and they’re seeking compensation. So, whether you voted Leave or Remain, if your business is dependent upon UK transport operations, it will now be footing the bill of the recent fuel price increases. Read more

A Guide to Logistics Acronyms

July 29, 2016

Every profession has its own acronyms, and they’re a great way of quickly communicating a profession-specific phrase or reference. The logistics and supply chain profession is certainly no exception to this, so in this post, we explain more than 50 of the most common supply chain and logistics acronyms in use in the UK today. Read more