Browsing: Logistics & Supply Chain

The application may be large or small but the principle in order picking remains the same – keep it simple. Here is an analysis of how two different technologies have been used to best effect, one at German auto parts distributor, ATU and the other at UK

The spares and support supply chain has, until recently, been regarded as a painful cost rather than a profit centre. Now the management and technological tools to make the transformation are coming on line.

‘We are so poor in Europe, there is a complete lack of understanding of logistics,’ says the European distribution director for Columbia Sportswear Europe

Hospitals have traditionally relied upon nursing and care staff to manage and replenish stocks, an activity that, though important, is not the most effective use of finite nursing resources.

Simon Duddy illustrates how supply chain best practice can be

For car manufacturers the World is a tough place. The bottom line is, demand no longer outstrips supply. And that puts the customer firmly in the driving seat.

The major car manufacturers rely on a business model unsuited to today’s mature car markets – demand is no longer greater than supply. Clearly, a new strategy to make and supply is required if manufacturers are to pull out of the red.

Though still cost-obsessed, the auto industry’s inbound supply chain has slipped from its pre-eminent position and could now learn a few things from other sectors. Perhaps the delivery standards of supermarkets could apply?

With little sign that the automotive industry is going to solve its overcapacity problems anytime soon, supply chain efficiency will remain one of the prime areas for maintaining margins – and that means a focus on information visibility.

Manufacturers are going to have to do more to earn a crust from the lucrative auto after-market with the lifting of block exemption. Dealers will be flying their own flags.

The internet could play a bigger part than you think in the car of our dreams. The networked car could soon be a reality. If you’re a manufacturer, dealer or supplier, take a look into the future, imagine this…