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Adding more value making more profit - how Logistics Providers are innovating to re-shape their business - Part 1

Third Party Logistics providers have a tough time, for instance in the retail supply chain they’re squeezed in both directions – by the mighty retailers and by the cost conscious importers and manufacturers.  Traditionally such 3PL’s  have provided a storage and haulage service – storage prices based on basic charging of handling and storage,  and haulage prices based on distance and quantity.     This of course is a difficult way to make money – the service becomes a commodity and the barriers of entry are low.   Low barriers to entry mean that competition for both new contracts and contract renewal is stiff,

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Adding more value making more profit - how Logistics Providers are innovating to re-shape their business - Part 2

Adding more value – making more profit  - how Logistics Providers are innovating to re-shape their business  - Part 2  Last week we looked at how Third Party Logistics Providers are striving to innovate in order to add more value to the work they do with their clients – this being their big opportunity to break out cut throat business of traditional storage and haulage. This week we’ll look at how one 3PL is helping an imported of tableware to grow their business.    If you look at a typical importer or retailer what are they good at? - or at least what

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Adding more value making more profit - how Logistics Providers are innovating to re-shape their business - part 3

Adding more value – making more profit  - how Logistics Providers are innovating to re-shape their business  - part 3 Over the previous weeks we’ve looked at how Third Party Logistics Providers are striving to innovate in order to add more value to the work they do with their clients – this being their big opportunity to break out cut throat business of traditional storage and haulage.   This week we look at the technology behind these operations, and also have a look at a logistics provider who has taken a novel twist to the warehouse rental model.  The systems that make

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Adding more value making more profit - how Logistics Providers are innovating to re-shape their business - Part 4

Over the last two weeks we looked at how Third Party Logistics Providers are striving to innovate in order to add more value to the work they do with their clients – this being their big opportunity to break out of the cut throat business of traditional storage and haulage. This week we’ll look at how one 3PL is helping a maintenance management company to grow their business.  The 3PL and the maintenance management company Maintenance management is big business,  these are the people who work night and day to keep our world going,  maintaining and repairing lifts and escalators,  street lights,

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Tracking imports from production to receipt how low cost systems are now delivering the goods

Tracking imports from production to receipt – how low cost systems are now delivering the goods Lack of visibility across the import / export supply chain leads to lack of control, inefficiency and waste.  This affects importers and distributors – within sectors such as apparel, domestic appliances, industrial equipment, cosmetics and toiletries.     For instance a UK company can place production orders on factories say in Bangkok, Bangladesh, China and Lithuania, and then have little visibility of the status of that order in terms of quantity made, in terms of container loading and in terms of despatch and transit.  Problems are further

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