Best Practice - Technology

 

The Silver Lining Viewpoint by Ralf Moller with WiseTech Global

Cloud computing will save you money but the real benefits are far broader  Ralf Moller, General Manager Marketing at logistics software provider WiseTech Global, says many companies mistakenly look only for cost savings when considering the adoption of cloud computing, when in reality the benefits are more wide ranging.     In 2006, Amazon.com made what seemed like a very odd decision, it became a computing services provider opening up data centers all over the world. This quirky little side arm to what was supposed to be an online retailer is now worth $1.5 billion.   To understand why this business has been so successful,

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SaaS-ifying the warehouse.

 Cloud-based and On-demand solutions are rapidly becoming “business as usual” rather than a stop gap or contingency, and it is the supply chain and distribution functions that are set to benefit hugely.   Today’s multi-channel markets represent an extremely complex and challenging environment for logistics and distribution. With the provision and return of goods via multiple channels being ever more chaotic and sporadic, the knock-on-effect of heightened consumer caution has meant that suppliers are under huge pressures to meet increasingly tight SLA’s and customer expectations. This has increased uncertainty in warehouse and distribution activities and prompted a rise in small, temporary logistics

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TOP FIVE TIPS ON SUPPLY CHAIN MAPPING By Luis Olivie

With natural disasters, factory fires, CSR issues and health and safety failures increasingly impacting global supply chains, mapping the supply chain down through every tier is the only way to mitigate a growing burden of risk. Corporate buyers’ pleas of ignorance are no longer acceptable to lawmakers and consumers in a highly connected world where news is instant and opinions are all-pervading.  To avoid the pitfalls, here are five top tips on mapping out your supply chain:   1. Recognise the risks  You may know your Tier 1 suppliers pretty well, but how well do you know your suppliers at Tiers 2 and 3?

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Applying Systems Thinking in the Warehouse Environment

 Applying Systems Thinking in the Warehouse Environment   By Don Benson, The Warehouse Coach, coach@thewarehousecoach.com and Jack Rubinger, Graphic Products, Inc., jarubinger@graphicproducts.com   The warehouse environment is a microcosm of the world. There’s good and bad; cooperation and chaos; predictable patterns and surprises every day – whether you’re running a distribution business, an e-commerce business, or you’re a manufacturer.   If you want to improve the productivity and performance of the warehouse and distribution center, operations must constantly improve and adopt innovations in the marketplace like adding direct to consumer order processing to warehouses that currently support retail orders and merging and expanding distribution channels through

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Adding 3PL value to the supply chain

Autostore from Central Systems and Automation is allowing Great Bear to offer a proven 3PL model that delivers a level of supply chain value and performance that’s difficult to match.   In just 15 years, Great Bear has become a significant player in the UK Logistics market. Managing over 3 million square feet of warehousing, 23 distribution centres, 150 vehicles and 1,200 people, Great Bear today turns over more than £85 million. Blending the best of entrepreneurial innovation and the customer focus of the smaller organisation with the scope and reach of a corporate, Great Bear runs a true multi-site, multi-client 3PL operation for a range of clients in the grocery, manufacturing and retail markets that include household names like Sainsbury’s, Mars,

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Retaining Your 3PL Clients

Retaining Your 3PL Clients The Three Keys to Retaining Clients Over the Long Term   Like almost every business in the world, today’s 3PLs are under more pressure than ever before. And from every corner, it would seem that this pressure is only increasing. Mounting competition. Rising performance expectations. And most of all, an economy that is squeezing everyone - from their suppliers, to their partners - to the individual customers they serve.   This challenge is made all that much more difficult because of the essential nature of 3PLs. At their most basic level, all 3PLs offer remarkably similar products and services. So what really makes one warehouse stand

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