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A Perfect Storm Exposes UK Retailers & Brands

High Street retailers and brands face significant headwinds in 2021 considering extended lockdowns, Brexit, demand uncertainties and rising shipping costs. Operational resilience and agility are essential to survive in the near term and grow long term. But “best-practices” of years past tied to efficiency have proven short-sighted; particularly outsourcing of key responsibilities to suppliers, 3rd party logistics providers, overseas agents and banks.

The challenges of the last 12 months have been a wake up call. As McKinsey states:

“Shocks inevitably seem to exploit the weak spots within broader value chains and specific companies. An organisation’s supply chain operations can be a source of vulnerability or resilience, depending on its effectiveness in m


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27 Apr 2021
Achieving maintenance 4.0 in food and beverage manufacturing
 

Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing processes have undergone several revolutions characterized by ever-greater automation. Today, the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0, takes advantage of big data and machine learning to drive smart, highly automated processes. A pretty

 
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23 Apr 2021
Trade 4.0: How Digital Information Will Impact Supply Chain Logistics
 

There is no question that technology is optimizing the way we do business, especially in supply chain operations. Through digitizing your supply chain, operations will be more efficient, more transparent, and more successful. This is the idea behind Trade 4.0, the new digital thread transforming glo

 
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23 Apr 2021
Future proof your warehouse with a cloud-based WMS
 

Even when your warehouse operations seem to be running smoothly, there is always room for improvement and a need to stay up to date with innovation. While steps are taken to keep warehouse operations at peak performance, when fulfillment times and levels are jeopardized, it’s still up to you a

 
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23 Apr 2021
Circular Economy Part 1: How today’s products are the resources of tomorrow
 

Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be posting a series of articles, providing more information about our work and our commitment to sustainability and circular economic principles. A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we

 
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21 Apr 2021
A Resilient Response to Shortages
 

Resilience in a supply chain is a key component for success. As any disruption or delay can drastically impact supply chain operations, it is crucial that you be able to adapt and adjust quickly to minimize wasted time and money. DVZ magazine has highlighted recent supply chain challenges faced by t

 
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Last update 5 May 2021
Manufacturing PMI at near-record high in April but sector still beset by supply-chain disruptions
   Source: Markit /CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI ®  -  IHS Markit
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Retail

The retail sector is always on the move. Whether this involves shopping centres, shops in inner city locations or at airports – trends change very quickly and the goods change just as rapidly too. To keep up with these developments, highly complex and process driven supply chains are needed. With our...

Rethinking Global Automotive Production Networks

Rising logistics costs, trade conflicts and the pandemic have left the global automobile manufacturing model exposed. In this special report, Roland Berger examines the best road forward for international automotive p...


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Lituanica’s appetite for success leads to Slimstock partnership

The UK’s largest specialist retail chain of Lithuanian and Eastern European cuisine has partnered with inventory management experts, Slimstock, to increase availability across its network of stores and wholesale...

The Productivity Trifecta of Warehouse Optimization

What do engineered labor, slotting, and task interleaving have in common? Those that implement all three achieve the "productivity trifecta" of warehouse optimization. If you're not using all three, then...