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Where to start a digital transformation process

Digitisation has touched almost every aspect of modern business and nowhere is this more evident than in the supply chain. Today technologies like RFID, GPS and the Internet of Things are ushering in a new wave of digital structures where supply chains are more flexible, open, and agile than ever before.

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Why Click & Collect lockers are good for your business

Click & Collect has become a real focus for many retailer’s online presence and for good reason. Customers are frustrated with the problems of direct to home deliveries; they are often expensive and as most require someone to be available to sign for them, inconvenient. Today’s busy consumer wants their goods quickly, but also at a location and time that suits them.

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Reducing the cost of downtime in retail

There is nothing more frustrating for shoppers than equipment downtime, especially when they are about to check out. Shoppers have an extremely low tolerance for delays, most becoming frustrated after just two and a half minutes waiting in a queue. For many retailers losing a vital piece of equipment is very costly.

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The future of last mile delivery

The movement of goods from a transport hub to a delivery address, commonly known as ‘the last mile’, is often the part of the supply chain that is placed under the most scrutiny. This single movement accounts for around 50 percent of the overall delivery cost, sometimes more, but is fraught with difficulties from recipients not being available to sign, to parcels getting lost and deliveries failing.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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