Understanding how your storage fees are calculated – by square foot, pallet or SKU

Thinking about outsourcing your warehousing but need to work out the costs?

More businesses than ever are using third party logistics providers to move, store and deliver their goods. As more 3PLs enter the market, comparing the deals offered by competing companies becomes more important. The trouble is, you have an apples-to-oranges situation. Each potential logistics partner offers a different suite of services and there are at least three major pricing formats in use.

In an effort to make businesses who are just entering the market for a good 3PL better able to make the best choices, we will look … Read More

Weekly Round up of the Latest logistics news

Logistics trade shows – Commercial Vehicle Show started yesterday

The world of logistics both in the United Kingdom and abroad never stands still and profit margins are constantly being pressed due to government legislation or market forces.  Commercial vehicle operations are always looking in new directions to ensure that they remain viable.  Major trade shows help enormously and the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC Birmingham started yesterday on 29 AprilThis really is the gold standard for commercial vehicle shows where you will find representation from all elements of commercial vehicle operations. 

Delegates get together at this show … Read More

Using Mean Kinetic Temperature Measurement to ensure safe and reliable pharmaceutical storage

Storage and distribution for pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceuticals are a very big deal these days. R&D of new pharmaceuticals is very expensive, and requires extremely long lead times. If that wasn’t reason enough to be very careful of their materials, pharmaceutical companies are some of the most heavily regulated industries in the UK, as well they should be. Ensuring the quality and safety of their products, and the ever present drive to do so as efficiently and inexpensively as possible, means that every detail needs to be taken car of when storing or transporting these materials.

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Why is there a high demand for more warehousing space?

Retailers demand for e-commerce solutions fuels need for more warehousing space

E-commerce is nothing new, but as the global economy recovers the booming demand for home warehousing and ecommerce boomdelivery is changing the face of industrial real estate with new fulfilment centres being designed to fit the demand from consumers to provide home delivery networks, either from online ordering or in store.

This new drive for 1 and 2 million square foot warehouses is causing a boom in both the building trade and the equipment industry as warehouses need to provide racking and forklifts suitable for heavier loads and higher ceilings, as the … Read More

What new shifts are emerging in the supply chain?

As shale gas and fracking come to England, what shifts will they bring to local and international supply chains?

The shale boom in the US has affected its logistics sector dramatically. As these technologies are effects on supply chain and logisticsset to change things in the UK very shortly, we can learn a lot by studying how things have changed there.

The shale boom in the US is well established, and its supply chain managers and other transportation industry professionals have adopted innovative strategies to cope with the changes and disruptions it has caused. England is sitting on a not inconsiderable amount of gas shale … Read More

Warehouse Housekeeping You Need To Keep On Top Of

How can you keep on top of your warehouse housekeeping?tidy your warehouse

To have a warehouse running efficiently there are many things that you cannot afford to overlook, and this includes housekeeping. Due to the many health and safety rules and regulations of today any working environment needs to be 100% safe for all employees, and this means things like good ventilation, regular maintenance of machinery and clear working areas and floors. If an employee injures himself at work due to things such as spillages, the incorrect stacking of products or obstacles in the path then they will likely have a valid … Read More

How To Deal With Overspill Storage

So what is overspill storage and how can you deal with it?

Supply Chains that work effectively shouldn’t really have overspill stock, so say the experts, but show me a business that hasn’t struggled, especially around the holiday seasons toverspill storageo contain the stock ordered for the pre Christmas rush, or the launch of a new catalogue, and I’ll show you a company that really aren’t really doing so much business.

Preventing overspill is the ideal, however it doesn’t always work, sometimes we acquire things entirely by accident, which we need to find the space for. Returned shipments, or suppliers … Read More

How to protect your supply chain from the ‘butterfly effect’ of the digitally empowered consumer

What is the butterfly effect in your supply chain?

A ‘butterfly effect’ is when a small, localised change or disruption in the flow through a supplysupply chain and the butterfly effect chain has effects which cascade up and down the chain, sometimes having serious consequences for a business. The name comes from the thought experiment in Chaos Theory where a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil could cause a hurricane halfway around the world. A better cliché might be ‘for lack of a nail, the Kingdom fell.’ Billions of pounds have been lost to butterfly effects on too-strained or too lean supply chains, and it … Read More

Full service events & exhibitions logistics: beyond storage and transport

What's involved in events and exhibition logistics?

3PLs who specialise in the logistics of storing exhibition stands and equipment, and transporting them to exhibitions and meeting around the world are hardly new, but a few enterprising groups don’t stop there. Beyond mere storage and transport, they offer a host of revents logisticselated services (often through industry partnerships, but occasionally in-house) such as the design and construction of exhibition stands, full exhibition capability project management, and even help tracking and maintaining an acceptable ROI for your exhibition presence. Let’s look at these services in a bit more depth.

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What is the key to modernising your supply chain

Finding a technology partner you can work with for your supply chain solutionssupply chain solutions

Now more than ever, there are more supply chain solutions than problems. That sounds good at first, but choosing among them is its own problem. The key to this problem with solutions is to find a well-qualified technology partner who can work with them to meet their unique business challenges and get their product to market efficiently. Wise directors are evaluating their preferred carriers, their suppliers, and the changing demands of their customers with a mind towards creating a tightly knit, complex network which can meet the … Read More

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