24 July 2014

John Lamb 

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How collaboration trimmed truck travel by 204m miles
Times are changing: it is now possible to see vehicles blazoned with advertising for Nestlé’s Kit Kat, loading up with supplies of United Biscuits’ Hobnobs and Jaffa cakes. The era of collaboration really is with us...

MoD under fire to make its logistics combat ready
Both the National Audit Office and the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee have taken the Ministry of Defence to task over supply chain failures...

Creating a supply chain that includes disabled people
Supply chain professionals are increasingly being asked to include disabled people in their hiring plans. And there are real benefits in terms uncovering hidden talent and workforce loyalty. ...

Are supply chain secret agents the way to fight fakers?
Fake products cost millions and can also cost lives. Changes in the supply chain have made life easier for counterfeiters, so the time is right to consider counter-measures. ...

Knee-jerk reaction to bomb plot could halt air cargo
The issue of scanning air cargo has become a political hot potato in the wake of the Yemen bomb plot. But how do you go about combining security with an efficient freight network? ...

Rolling the clouds away
Cloud computing is making its presence felt, but which applications best suit this approach? ...

Many happy recalls and returns
Companies have become increasingly liberal in their returns policies but have they got the balance right? ...

Improving forecast accuracy
The ancient Chinese curse "may you live in interesting times" now afflicts everyone Involved in the supply chain. ...

The rising cost of ERP support
The November annual conference of the SAP UK and Ireland User Group promises to throw light on an increasingly contentious aspect of logistics IT: the cost of running enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. ...

China's marathon
China''s determination that the Olympics should take place under blue skies in August means that the government will close factories and restrict traffic during the month-long sportsfest in a bid to cut the air pollution near Beijing. ...

Sick and tired
Unwieldy and inefficient healthcare supply chains are on the operating table. Implanting auto ID technologymay be a life saving procedure. ...

Time to talk
Since IBM bought out its first mainframe, user conferences have been a feature of the technology business. In the early days they were serious gatherings at which men in white shirts with rows of pens in their top pockets read the runes of the latest...

People before profits
Corporate social responsibility is the new bottom line in business but how can logisticians get a handle on it in an often contradictory business environment? ...

Summit explores the benefits of being lean
Cutting out waste is the core principle of a Lean philosophy, as those who attended the recent Unipart Logistics Supply Chain Summit found out. ...

An Eco-Waste of Effort
A European directive intended to cut waste is proving to be inefficient and close to impossible to administer – wasteful, in a word. John Lamb ...

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