Saturday 25th May 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

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Malory Davies, FCILT, Editor.

Time to declare a truce?

My 3PL guru once explained to me how negotiating a contract with a potential customer works: “We start by talking to the client’s logistics team mapping out their requirements and then carefully working together to create an operation that meets those requirements. The logistics team is happy and we are happy.

Collaboration: time to try harder

Collaboration has long been a key theme in supply chain, but one area where it seems to have run into headwinds is in the relationship between consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers.

Time to debunk blockchain?

Blockchain has been the next big thing in supply chain for so long now that it is hardly surprising that we have reached a point where people are starting to challenge its value.

Good news for the profession

E-commerce might be the growth area for retail, but for traditional retailers in particular it is far from painless.

Sustainable thinking

Anybody watching the demonstration in London over Easter might be forgiven for thinking the rest of the world is ignoring sustainability issues.

Supply chain expertise key in reducing carbon footprints

Apple says that it has almost doubled the number of suppliers that have committed to run their Apple production on 100 per cent clean energy, which will enable it to exceed its goal of using four gigawatts of renewable energy in its supply chain by 2020.

A sale to dwarf Black Friday…

It’s a good thing – on the face of it… UK manufacturing is growing: the Purchasing Managers’ Index from IHS Markit and CIPS hit a 13 month high of 55.1 in March with companies stepping up production and hiring staff.

The journey starts here

Apparently there are now almost 4,000 robotic warehouses. I don’t blame you if you are surprised by that, it’s more than most would expect.

No time for fear

The recent IntraLogisteX exhibition highlighted the fact that artificial intelligence and robotics is no longer just science fiction – more and more organisation are looking to the technology to respond to the challenges facing supply chain and logistics operations.