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Supply chain management: Talent is the Real Bottleneck

Everyone has their eyes on the core functions of their logistics department, but there is something more important supply chain solutionsthat customer service level and price metrics. The real thing that is holding supply chain, distribution and transportation suppliers back is a lack of talented recruits.

The fact is that you can have a perfect corporate philosophy and mission statement. You can have ISO 9001 certified processes. You can have the best employees on the planet, and still fall short of your business goals without mid- and lower-level managers who have a real talent for logistics.

The bad news is that talented … Read More

The Importance Of Women In Logistics

Logistics is an industry that is growing faster than ever and a career in this field can be financially rewarding, as well women in logisticsas providing excellent opportunities further down the road.

However there is an overall gender divide as it’s still seen as a predominantly male environment, and women may be put off trying to get their foot in the door of this lucrative industry because of that very reason.

Lack of flexibility and travelling away from home for long periods of time are some of the reasons why the logistics industry can seem like such a daunting prospect to women, … Read More

Working Towards Sustainability In Packaging

Nearly all the major companies we know and love have embraced the idea of sustainable business – from fair trade packaging in warehousingproducts to eco-friendly packaging, even the logistics industry is shaking off the old ways of thinking and taking on board fresh new ideas about how to create sustainable packaging within the supply chain.

Whether you produce most of your own packaging, or work with a warehousing company to create packing materials suitable for your products, there are plenty of ways in which you can integrate sustainable packaging into your brand.

Having clear recycling instructions

Having clear recycling information on … Read More

Global Shipping Warehousing & Storage talks to Whichwarehouse

Based in Grimsby, Global Shipping Warehousing & Storage has been one of Whichwarehouses trusted logistics members for a number of years now.

With facilities of 235,000 sq ft, this fantastic logistics company have assisted Whichwarehouse clients in a number of logistics requirements for companies large and small.

After the strain of 2013 for many warehouse operators Whichwarehouse spoke to Global Shipping Warehousng & Storage about how they found last year and what their thoughts are for the industry in 2014.

As with many that Whichwarehouse have interviewed, Global explained that they majority of their customers now are within E-commerce, selling … Read More

Part 2: cutting costs with better inventory management

Improved processes: inbound, putaway and replenishment inbound logistics

Improving your inbound processes

The best place to begin an overhaul of your inbound logistics processes is by setting up collaboration with your procurement and product planning people. You need to fully understand the plans they have for utilising your warehouse space and logistics resources in the near future in order to adapt to those needs. You will need a great degree of visibility as to the timing and flow volume you can expect for inbound material. You should also get them to include terms relevant to the warehousing and logistics department in the … Read More

Logistics Software Company Acquisition

The Canadian Descartes Systems Group has just bought out UK-based Impatex Freight Software Limited, and over 200 British customers with them.

Descartes bought Impatex outright for £5.1 million. The Impatex purchase has brought some 200 UK freight forwarding customers under the Waterloo, Ontario based logistics software provider’s banner.

Edward Ryan, CEO for Descartes says that the takeover strengthens Descartes’ regulatory and customs compliance platform and lets them offer a broader set of services to UK customers. He says the move establishes his company as ‘the’ global network for collaborative supply chain and logistics processes.

But what does this mean for … Read More

The Benefits Of Bonded Storage

Are you a business owner on the verge of signing a deal with an overseas manufacturer? Perhaps you’re a new start-upbonded storage that is looking to offer a product currently missing from the UK market, or an established retailer who wants to expand their product range?

The global supply chain is a complex industry, with rules and regulations that change from country to country. Importing goods comes with its own set of hurdles that must be dealt with before you can start selling your wares, and this includes import taxes and fees which must be paid any time goods come into … Read More

Back to basics: cutting costs with better inventory management

Part 1: Knowing what you’ve got

Companies often evaluate their supply chain with an eye toward transportation costs. There is nothing wrong with this supply chain managementapproach, and transport costs are usually the lion’s share of logistics costs, but inventory related costs should not be ignored. Inventory and warehousing costs may be your second largest logistics spend, and reducing those costs can help quite a lot.

Of course, every business is different. Different industries have different inventory needs, and different levels of customer service offerings within the same industry have different requirements. Nonetheless, every business has to decide how much inventory to … Read More

Top-tier 3PL – The secrets of a good business relationship

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All over the internet there are blogs and articles full of tips and tricks to help you build a better relationship with your 3PL company. Some of the most obvious pieces of advice involve thoroughly vetting your 3PL before signing any long term contracts.

But what do some of the best third party logistics companies offer their clients, not just in the form of excellent logistics services and packages, but in a business relationship as well?

Always maintain good communication…

Any good business to business relationship needs effective communication at all levels. The less communication there is between a … Read More

Amethyst Group case study working with the Luxury Fashion Multichannel

Amethyst warehousing logoAmethyst Group are supply chain management experts based in Staplehurst, Kent, working with various industries looking to outsource their logistics. Recently they advised Whichwarehouse of a case study involving working with Luxury Fashion Multichannel. Learn more below of how they executed the clients requirements with ease and professionalism. 

Working with many mutli channel fashion and beauty companies, Amethyst provides warehousing and distribution services for both retailers and wholesalers, domestically and worldwide. The Luxury Fashion Multichannel was looking for a logistics partner who were able to provide flexibility and handle large daily volumes of orders.

Amethyst put together a … Read More

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