Browsing: Supply Chain

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.

The last month has seen many of the largest European logistics companies release their financial results for the full year 2003. Largest of them all, Deutsche Post, announced that it exceeded €40 billion in revenues for the first time.

Not that long ago the dream of automating procurement for indirect, and even direct, goods was seen as not far off. So why is this Utopia so illusive, and how can it be attained? There may be a simple answer.

Defining Fourth Party Logistics seems as difficult as implementing it. However, despite the continuing debate, Frost & Sullivan’s latest report shows that the way ahead is becoming clearer for 4PL.

Traditional distribution hubs in western and central Europe are soon to face stiff competition. Expansion of the European Union in May 2004 is expected to have a significant affect on Europe’s distribution site ‘hot spots’. But many factors come into play

With manufacturing moving East, storage requirements are shifting from ‘goods for manufacture’ to space for a growing flow of imported products. Patterns are changing, but the trend is for ever more space. Can the developers keep up with demand?

With warehouse management systems increasingly expected to contribute to the velocity and visibility of items in the extended supply chain, the boundaries between WMS and ERP are blurring. It’s clear, the warehouse can no longer operate in isolation.