Browsing: Supply Chain

Computacenter is a familiar name in the ESCE Awards, their UK operation having reached the finals in previous years. This time, however, it was the company’s German Logistics and Service Centre at Kerpen that was under the microscope.

Asda is creating 300 jobs at its new £20M import centre with PD Teesport, part of PD Ports. The new facility, being built near Middlesborough, will save Asda an estimated two million road miles a year by shipping 70% of its distribution direct to Teesport

After the hype, many feel disillusioned with RFID but the technology continues to move ahead as prices fall and trials proliferate.

This month acquisition activity has focused around global Swiss logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel International.

Inventory management used to be about lean systems and JIT but accurate real time information is now more essential as demand-driven supply networks come on-stream. Perhaps one day, stock-outs really will be consigned to history.

The engineering sector is late on the supply chain bandwagon but the challenge of low cost overseas manufacturing means logistics is fast moving up the agenda. What does the future hold?

‘Managing a business is really about managing the supply chain,’ says the global operations director of De La Rue Cash Systems.

In recent weeks I have been able to meet a broad cross-section of European logistics professionals during the autumn round of conferences in Central and Western Europe.

Retail supply chain systems are becoming more integrated, more extensive and more complex – but are they helping to keep the shelves filled?