Supply chain management and container weights

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management for New Container Weight Regulations

The new container weight regulations will affect purchasing and supply chain management logistics, in many ways. New calls for a safer approach have been listened to, accept and will be in effect within the next couple of years. Due to the large amount of accidents that have happened previously it was evident change was needed but it will be rather a large shake up for the industry. In the year 2016 a new UN code of practice will come into force, which will require container weights to be verified … Read More

How are rises in arline surcharges affecting logistics companies?

Logistics companies complain as airline surcharges rise

The airline industry has been facing an increase in costs over the past five years. This comes from various factors logistics companiessuch as fuel and purported security cost increases and has an impact on air travel and the transport of cargo alike. The travel industry strongly opposes these increased costs, as does the cargo sector. Airline passengers regularly face increased security charges when booking flights, and the same is true for logistics companies. Whilst security is a critical element to ensure that the world’s cargo is moved safely around the skies, many logistics companies Read More

A Career in Supply Chain

Looking for a career in Supply Chain?

Watch this video below to where you can view Industry pros talk about the challenges and benefits of a career in supply chain management. Originally aired at ISM's 2013 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas

Supply chain and logistics is a great industry to get into as it is continually growing and changing to accommodate the needs of the consumer.

So what makes the supply chain industry a good choice of career move?

Nowadays, with the change in consumer purchasing patterns, many more retailers are moving towards the online market. This changes the requirements … Read More

How are consumers changing the work of logistics companies?

Consumer behaviour in the UK is shifting rapidly, and logistics companies must work hard to keep up

Logistics companies are making the transition to an entirely new business ecosystem. E-commerce, omni-channel marketing, steadily rising fuel and transport prices and a sharp rise in returned orders have combined to reshape the entire sector. Below, we will look at some of the challenges and opportunities logistics companies face, and how they are rising to meet them.

The e-commerce boom

The e-commerce boom in the UK has changed the face of logistics utterly. Once upon a time a consumer order placed by catalogue … Read More

The latest generation of Labour Management Systems may finally be showing cost effective results

Labour management systems in logistics

Many of us in the logistics management field hesitated to adopt LMSs (labour management systems) until they had third party logisticsbuilt up some kind of a track record. Well, the results are beginning to come in, and it seems like some users are reporting substantial gains in productivity after implementing the systems. Better still, there are several low cost, small scale systems available which have been giving good results, which should result in more systems entering service around the UK.

Labour management is a major expense, in terms of money, time and talent. Labour is frequently a … Read More

5 ways to reduce your LTL freight costs

Let's take a look at how you can reduce your LTL freight freight distribution costs

As the logistics field gets ever leaner, many shippers are coming to use less than truckload shipping (LTL) more often. Unfortunately, this can be very inefficient if not done carefully. Whichwarehouse investigates below.

Here are a few tips on saving money on LTL without getting (or providing) worse service

  1. Understand your suppliers and their network. Make sure you have a good understanding of where your suppliers are physically located, and how often they ship to you. Is it possible to reduce delivery frequency to
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What is the Process for Selecting a Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL)?

Just what is a 3PL?

3PLs for your logistics

Third party logistics providers or 3PLs are becoming more and more common in the supply chains of companies throughout the UK and abroad. A 3PL generally accepts the outsourcing of either all or part of the supply chain management process of their partner business. Most 3PLs offer a wide variety of services, and craft a bespoke service package for each of the companies they work with. Common logistics functions and components handled by 3PLs include warehousing and distribution, order fulfilment, inbound freight and freight consolidation, freight forwarding and outbound freight.

So what are the benefits

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Understanding Temporary Storage

Are you unsure what temporary storage is?temporary storage

Temporary storage is a term used to refer to goods imported from a country outside of the EU and placed within a neutral, authorised warehouse until they are assigned a customs-approved treatment.

Warehouse operators, transport companies and freight forwarders use this procedure, enabling them to defer duty and tax payments on their goods whilst they are stored in a customs designated area.

Temporary storage means just that: goods are placed there for a set period until they are officially declared to customs and therefore subject to tax and duty payments. They cannot remain … Read More

Package returns: how to make return customers even when things go wrong

Package Returns and your Ecommerce Businessreturned packages in your ecommerce shop

Package returns are a fact of life for e-commerce retailers, as they were for mail-order and catalogue sales before. Clothing is notorious for needing 2 or three tries to find the right size, and even if you only offer a choice of ‘black’ and ‘white’, people will be picky about the colour. Successful E-commerce retailers have embraced the idea that a returned package isn’t a failure or a loss, but a chance to generate real, meaningful customer goodwill and loyalty.

In a recent survey, nearly 2/3 of respondents reported having returned at least one … Read More

Preparing for disasters: engineering a resilient supply chain

They say a wise man expects disaster every seven years, but a supply chain manager expects it every day

The global, connected world economy has arrived, for all practical purposes. International trade has risen to levels that economists dismissed as idle dreams a few decades ago. Lean, agile supply chains have resulted in low cost, high quality consumer goods delivered to the customer’s door in a few days, and a higher standard of living in innumerable developing cousupply chain and logistics in the UKntries.

On the other hand, the new way of doing things leaves us all more exposed than ever to disaster. A hurricane, … Read More

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