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The rising cost of roads – how new plans to ease congestion could make roads more expensive

There are some truths about modern day supply chains that many of us would rather not recognise. One of which is that roads are increasingly becoming overcrowded. There are now 10 million extra cars on the road than there were in 1995 and infrastructure has not grown significantly to support this.

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14.41.07

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What does the blockchain mean for the Supply Chain?

What value do we place on trust? This seemingly simple question can have a very complicated answer. Whenever we enter into a transaction we assume a level of trust from the opposite party. This was simpler when transactions were face to face, but in modern societies we are increasingly called upon to trust in smart machines and software.

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14.49.13

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How supply chain visibility can save you money

40% of businesses admit that they lack visibility over their extended supply chain. This can be a problem. Visibility makes businesses more agile, more resilient in the face of disaster, more competitive and more profitable. We often discuss the benefits of supply chain visibility, but how do they add up to save you money?

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15.24.04

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Reducing costs in the healthcare supply chain

Healthcare is one of the most challenging environments for a supply chain to operate in. There is a culture of wanting to minimise costs as much as possible, but without letting patient care suffer. Moreover, heavy scrutiny is placed on operations not only by hospitals or GP offices themselves, but also interest groups, stakeholders, government bodies and even patients.

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15.31.44

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Cyber security best practices in the supply chain

Cyber security is a growing concern for a lot of businesses. Hacks and security breaches are frequently in the news and new attacks seem to be occurring regularly. Technically, this is nothing new, but it was the 2011 Sony hack which really brought cyber security threats to public prominence.

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12.47.35

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What will the Internet of Things mean for field services?

We recently shared a piece on the Internet of Things (IoT) and discussed the impact it could have on business. As a follow up to this piece, we’re looking at future predictions for IoT and what an internet connected supply chain might look like.

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09.49.15

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How the internet of things could change the world

“The future is absolutely predictable and completely unbelievable”. This is a quote from Kevin Ashton in 2015 who is widely regarded to have been one of the pioneers of the internet of things (IoT). He is also the person who coined the term.

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13.33.07

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Tips on introducing flexibility in your supply chain

Flexibility in the supply chain is not only realistic but increasingly desirable. In 2010, Dan Gilmore, editor-in-chief of supply chain digest said that: ‘The overall pace of change and the level of dynamics in everything (…) are at all-time highs. Add in the continued reduction in product lifecycles, and the need for greater flexibility becomes pretty clear.’

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13.27.40

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Choosing a Transport Management System (TMS) – How to pick the right service for your business.

There is a lot of conversation around the benefits of technology in the supply chain, however, one incredibly important technology that is often overlooked is the transport management system (TMS). Mark Solomon (Senior Editor at DC Velocity) said: ‘There has been little in the way of advancements, over the past 20 years, as beneficial to the supply chain as Transportation Management Systems’.

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14.22.17

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Is a ‘zero-emissions promise’ possible in the supply chain?

It is fair to say that the environment is a ‘hot button’ issue for many companies. Customers care more than ever about environmental issues and big companies are starting to respond. In the consumer goods sector, Unilever has recently committed to using only recyclable packing by 2025. Drinks giant Barcadi has made similar changes, updating their packaging from traditional glass to more recyclable and lighter PET plastics.

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15.50.12

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The future of automation – will machines ever completely replace people in the warehouse?

People have always tried to make processes easier through invention. In early civilisation, farmers made tools that would make human work quicker so that more things could be produced in less time. This invention carried on into the industrial age, where assembly lines sped processes up and most recently machinery has been able to complete simple jobs.

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11.36.53

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Differentiating yourself from the competition – how to offer your customers a better service.

There is an old adage that a company is only as good as its last interaction with a customer. In field services, this is particularly true. The field service landscape is constantly evolving; technology has allowed processes to become more efficient and services have grown to be quicker than ever before.

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16.20.53

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How to avoid data mistakes

The rate of data growth in the world is phenomenal and it shows no signs of slowing down. Current predictions expect that by 2020 there will be 44 zettabytes of data worldwide. To put that in perspective, one zettabyte is 44 trillion gigabytes. This is a 90% increase in the amount of data in the world in 2013. Data has changed the way that we view the world, however, data is only useful when it is interpreted correctly. This in itself is very difficult.

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13.34.16

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Why you should be using Thinventory™ Mobile

Thinventory Mobile is a free website and mobile app that will help your engineers be more efficient in the field. Here are a few reasons why your engineers should be using it:

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14.31.38

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Tips for meeting your SLAs

SLAs often form the basis of any customer relationship. They help customers set reasonable expectations and hold their suppliers accountable. Meeting them builds trust. Missing them leads to a breakdown of relationships, cost penalties, and eventually a changing of suppliers.

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14.12.02