Author Malory Davies

Design for life

Product lifecycle management (PLM) might have originated in the world of heavy engineering but it is now proving it’s worth in retailing and the ephemeral world of fashion.

A load of rubbish

The EU’s delightfully-named WEEE recycling directive must be ratified by August and will take effect in 2005. Brace yourself for similar chaos as engendered by that famous directive about fridges – for which the UK government had also failed to plan.

Changing exchanges

After the shake-out of public trading exchanges, the survivors could be coming into their own.

No time for nitpicking

RFID technology is set to transform the supply chain – once the price is right – and if negative publicity does not stifle innovation

One way system

IT is transforming in-vehicle technology with a growing mish-mash of gadgets competing for drivers’ attention. Creating a simplified solution is becoming a priority.

Wasting time and money?

With dubious EU recycling initiatives looming, returns handling is taking centre stage.

Learning to manage demand

Demand forecasting is a given, but demand chain optimisation is something very different.

Retail gets real

Real-time retailing is already having a major impact on supply chains.

Loads of possibilities

In a world of diminishing carrier options, the new ‘multiple carrier management’ packages will automate the juggling of shipments between a number of distribution companies.

Go for IT

As we all know only too well from ten years of PC upgrades, information technology is a very fast-moving sector. So, what will the next few years have in store for the logistics sector?

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