Saturday - 20 December 2014

Features

Comprehensive, lively and informative coverage across all areas of the supply chain
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Logistics on the edge
Portcentric logistics might be fashionable but is it the right approach for everyone? Malory Davies investigates...

 

Planning for the unknown
Successful business decisions rely on good planning and accurate information. The problem is the more distant the planning horizon the more ‘unknowns’ enter the equation. But are there ways of mitigating the risks associated with those unknowns? Nick...

 

Trend tyrants
Buyers of fashion products are, almost by definition, fickle. But they exert a powerful influence on the supply chain - and the nature of their requirements is changing. Johanna Parsons reports...

 

Visibility tools already in your pocket
There was a time that supply chains were swamped with data. But with the systems now in place to handle live information, data capture is back in the spotlight, says Johanna Parsons...

 

Meeting the e-tail challenge
The growth of online shopping is causing a rethink of logistics strategies in the retail sector. And our panel of leading retailers and logistics providers had some very clear views on what needs to happen in our round table sponsored by SEGRO...

 

First law of forecasting
Is your guess as good as your competitor’s? Supply chain planning relies on the accuracy of the forecasting process. Malory Davies asks what it takes to improve the process...

 

Small is beautiful
Investors are willing to fund ever smaller D&B warehouses but should occupiers be celebrating? Liza Helps investigates...

 

Spec on the horizon
There is a growing debate over the need for a return to speculative development to meet demand in the North West. Liza Helps reports...

 

Power lifts
For years, the choices of motive power for forklifts have been well defined. But new technologies mean that the range of options is expanding. So, asks Malory Davies, what are the advantages for the buyers?...

 

Driving innovation
Automotive supply chain strategies are being influenced by shifting markets and globalisation, but increasingly now it is consumer demand that is steering innovation, says Johanna Parsons...

 

Faster track to growth
Everyone agrees that getting more freight onto rail is a good thing, but while there has been an increase, there are plenty of obstacles to be negotiated to achieve more rapid growth. Malory Davies looks at the issues...

 

Jewel in the crown
Northampton is the jewel in the crown of logistics locations but can it still pack a punch? Liza Helps takes a closer look...

 

Space: the final frontier
Narrowing down the options for an aisle configuration can be a harrowing experience. Is maximum space more important than maximum speed of operation? Malory Davies reports...

 

Going large
With warehouse automation, it is often thought that the bigger the investment, the better the return. But new developments mean that even smaller firms can take advantage, says Johanna Parsons...

 

Road to riches
Proximity to the UK’s biggest air cargo hub makes the western M25 a magnet for logistics operations. But, as Liza Helps finds, warehouse space is in short supply and there is now talk of a return to speculative building...

 

Throwing open the doors to value
There are so many ways of making bays faster, safer, and more secure that it seems illogical not to make the most of such a vital touch point in the supply chain...

 

Resident danger
Where does danger reside in modern supply chains? Are new risks going unnoticed? Nick Allen looks at the latest techniques used to identify and mitigate risk within the chain...

 

They need me more than I need them
Is bigger always better in logistics? Logistics Manager’s exclusive survey on small and medium logistics companies highlights some robust attitudes. But Malory Davies finds there is recognition that SMEs can claim some real advantages...

 

All change at the pick face
Your picking operation might be well established and deliver good results, but is it in danger of being left behind as markets change and best practice is ratcheted up a notch? Malory Davies reports...

 

How to handle returns
The logistics of the returns process is a significant problem for many companies and getting it wrong can have an impact on the bottom line. Speakers at the Logistics Manager Summit highlighted some different approaches to success, says Rosy Hill...

 

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