23 April 2014

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Channels - not ruts to get stuck in
Some say it started in 1993, while others argue that it was 1984 – and there is even a suggestion that it started in 1979. Whichever is correct, internet shopping has been with us for quite a long time now...

Linking growth with supply chain
A link between “superior” supply chain capabilities and revenue growth and profits has been highlighted in a new study by consultants Deloitte...

How Tesco is spreading best practice around the world
75 million times a week people visit Tesco to do their shopping. Not just in the UK, of course, but all around the world. Tesco now has a presence in 12 markets including 131 stores in China, 446 in Poland, and 191 in Turkey...

Time to think about air cargo
The UK government has got itself into a mess over over aviation strategy. There is a huge need for new airport capacity in the London area - the problem is the impact on the densely-packed communities that would be affected...

Essential tool or science fiction nightmare?
The internet has already been responsible for more than one revolution in the way we live and work. Now, the growth of the 'internet of things' could have a massive impact on how the supply chain operates ...

The benefits of sharing
Boots has been using DHL Supply Chain for 15 years so a five year contract renewal is not entirely surprising. What makes this deal particularly interesting is the fact that the retailer is looking for improved efficiency from collaborative initiatives...

Relax: supply chain risk recedes
At first sight, that seems to be to message from a new survey. I’ll bet you believe it about as much as I do...

The movement is the message
When Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase “The medium is the message”, he used the example of the railway, pointing out that it did not introduce movement or transport or the wheel into society, but it accelerated and enlarged the scale of previous human...

Coca Cola brings a sparkle to the supply chain
Global supply chain optimisation is at the heart of a $1 billion programme put in place by The Coca Cola Company following what, by its standards, was a disappointing year in 2013 ...

Time to focus on the supply chain
Jet engine manufacturer Rolls Royce has an order book worth £71.6bn, its underlying sales rose 27 per cent last year and its underlying pre-tax profit was up 23 per cent ...

From Shenzen with love
A problem with James Bond’s car is guaranteed to get the attention of the popular press. Maybe the indicators no longer drop down in time when machine guns fire. Or could it be a problem with the ejector seat?...

What makes this Pi special?
It's gone from zero to two million sales in less than two years. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that costs just £30. It's not just the product that is turning heads, it's also the supply chain ...

Tackling the merry-go-round
Online sales may be booming but so are the returns. With e-commerce now accounting for almost 20 per cent of UK non-food sales, reducing the returns rate – especially in the fashion sector – will be vital to maintain margins...

Trains, planes and chains
Hornby is a well-loved brand, and watching the company struggle with supply chain problems in China has been a painful experience for all of us whose childhood toys included its model trains, aeroplanes, and Scalextric sets ...

Trains, planes and chains
Hornby is a well-loved brand, and watching the company struggle with supply chain problems in China has been a painful experience for all of us whose childhood toys included its model trains, aeroplanes, and Scalextric sets ...

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