Walker Logistics, warehousing experts speak to Whichwarehouse

So how have Walker Logistics, a third party logistics provider based in Berkshire found the last few years

Offering over 200,000 sq ft of warehousing in a fantastic location within easy reach of London, Walker Logistics clearly have their finger on the pulse in the logistics industry. Whichwarehouse spoke to Walker about their views on the industry as we have done with many of our other members to find out exactly how they see the industry going and what changes they have seen of late.

During our interview with Walker Logistics we asked what type of industries they see … Read More

The challenges presented by a implementing a lean supply chain

Running a lean supply chain part two: supply chain solutions

A truly lean, optimised supply chain will be amenable to flow modelling, which in turn should produce shorter lead times, reduced inventory (and the consequent improvement in working capital numbers), and lower waste all along the supply chain. Your supply chain management team should be looking at the chain systemically, looking for improvements that can be made at any point and not just within your department or even within your organisation. Collaboration with all of your supply partners will be required for a full analysis, so you will first have to get a … Read More

Running a lean supply chain part one

The business case for a lean supply chainlean supply chain

There exist many forces in today’s markets that push us towards refining our supply chains, and advocate leaner practices. There is an overall shift to high volume, low margin products, which necessitates lower overhead. Most customers expect, and demand continual improvement of price, delivery speed, and service levels. The success of the globalisation movement has made supply ‘chains’ into complicated nets that defy the traditional ‘flow’ and ‘process’ models. Growing complexity in our SKU rosters is further complicating supply chains. Markets are becoming less stable, and shorter lead times have become … Read More

Logistics Talk – Whichwarehouse speaks to AKW

Let's take a look at how AKW Group can help your business with warehousing and distribution

Originally starting out as a freight forwarding company over 30 years ago as AK Worthington Limited named after the chairman Tony Wothington, after expanding into other areas such as warehousing, AKW Group was formed early in the 21st century to join the group of companies together that had succesfully been formed. With 500,000 sq ft of warehousing situated in the prime location of Trafford Park, Manchester, AKW offer a range of warehousing and distribution services for their customers and provide wet and dry … Read More

Third Party Logistics professionals RT Page speak to Whichwarehouse

So what are R T Pages thoughts on the logistics industry?

Successfully running a logistics company in West Sussex for over 50 years now, R T Page have  assisted many a customer large and small over those years. Having an extensive amount of experience in the warehousing and distribution world, Whichwarehouse were keen to speak to them about their thought on the industry and how they have seen things over the past few years.

As with many others in the logistics industry, R T Page have noticed the need for more ecommerce fulfilment services due to more online retailers and … Read More

Why carrier prices are expected to rise throughout 2014

How are rising carrier prices going to affect the logistics industry?

Whichwarehouse believes that first, many carriers are still experiencing a shortage of skilled drivers. courier servicesMost, it seems, have under-reported this to the press to avoid panicking customers, as well. Even with immigration from Europe, the UK trucking industry isn’t bringing in new drivers as fast as it would like to, and capacity is not growing as fast as demand is.

If this continues, carrier prices will have to go up.

To add further pressure to the trucking sector, many of the best drivers are quite close to retirement. The … Read More

Fulfilment company Technical Fulfilment offer their views on the industry in 2014

With the increase of ecommerce businesses how are Technical Fulfilment finding the logistics industry?

Technical Fulfilment is a fantastic fulfilment company based in Newark and a member of Whichwarehouse. They deal with all types of pick and pack services and order fulfilment for  companies large and small.

With the increase of fulfilment services needed for more and more online businesses in the UK today, we were keen to see what Technical Fulfilments thoughts were on the industry of late and see how their business is doing in 2014..

We asked Technical Fulfilment about the type of business they generally receive … Read More

Supply chain worker management solutions

The tools you need to do the job for supply chain management

Management is about making sure your resources are used correctly and efficiently, and your supply chain managementnumber one resource is your employee’s time and effort. Here are a few kinds of tools that supply chain managers use to keep their employees productive and effective.

General Time Management Solutions

Something as basic as ‘time clock’ software can give your employees the kind of structure they need to be productive, and helps them see for themselves where time is being wasted. Whenever you are managing personnel, making it clear what your expectations … Read More

The world of third party logistics is changing, and we all have to adapt to make the most of it.

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There was a time when the typical interaction between a shipper and an outsourced logistics provider was essentially: “Go and do this.” The modern 3PL supplier is more sophisticated and capable. Now, the interaction is usually “This is what we want to achieve. How can you help us do it better, faster, and less expensively?” This is better, but there is farther to go, yet. In the near future, it is hoped that the conversation will be more along the lines of: “Here is the situation. Let’s decide together how to proceed now.”

Make your logistics provider a key part

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What to look out for when outsourcing your Logistics Services

When looking for an outsourced logistics provider, look for one who does not themselves outsource key functions.

Using an outsourced logistics provider or 3PL can do wonders for some companies. It can turn third party logisticswarehousing and distribution over to experts and let you carry on with the rest of your processes. It can even cut costs. Since a specialist 3PL can be expected to be more efficient at it than a generalist business, you can save money while both partners profit. Since most 3PLs work with many businesses, they can operate large facilities and benefit from the economy of scale. At … Read More

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