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iPad domination within the retail sector!

So it would appear that the iPad is revolutionising the way we shop

Recently, Argos introduced their new digitalised stores where shoppers visit the outlet and rather than browsing through the trusty conventional catalogue, they are able to view and place their orders as well as check current stock levels via iPads set out within the store. You place the items you wish to purchase in the basket, check out by adding a quick memorable word and then collect and pay at one of the checkout points. The Argos store at the Tollgate centre in Colchester was one of the … Read More

The art of selecting the right site for a storage and distribution centre

Considerations when choosing a logistics supplier for your storage and distribution

The storage and distribution site selection process is trickier than it seems at first, and is one of the most important decisions facing a  growing fulfilment company today. Those who choose a location that aligns with their strategic objectives will have a substantial advantage over those that don’t. After all, this is too expensive a prospect to ‘fudge now and fix later’.

No matter what the details of your operation, you need to address your ability to serve your customers and thStorage facilities with distribution services in the UKe projected operating cost of doing so … Read More

Fulfilment outsourcing versus in-house

Should you outsource your fulfilment or deal with it in-house?outsource fulfilment

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear on a daily basis is “will it be cheaper for me to outsource to a 3PL or carry out fulfilment in-house”?   So I thought we would take a look and weigh up the different options available in the current market to distributors in the UK as it is apparent this is a big consideration for some businesses. 


Renting warehouse space

The first thing to factor is whether renting an industrial property that could accommodate your operation from storage through to … Read More

Ideas for wooden pallets

My top 10 unique & crazy uses for wooden pallets

Researching for this article, I must confess, the versatility of pallets amazed me!

I always thought wooden structures for storing products effectively in a warehouse facility was a rather dull commodity to write an article on!  However, just recently having seen some of the amazing pictures floating around on Google+ and  Twitter  , it got me thinking for the topic of my next article.   If nothing else, perhaps my post will aide your sleeping pattern!

History of the pallet

Did you know that the wooden pallet was first … Read More

Visibility is the key omnichannel warehousing dynamic today

Visibility in omnichannel warehousing warehousing

You will be hard pressed to succeed in building a modern omnichannel retail operation without good warehousing visibility – that is, complete, accurate and real-time knwolege of your inventory levels at all points along your supply chain. You need to know, at a moment’s notice, how much has been sold, is awaiting stocking, or is actually on hand. You need this level of visibility to make sure fast moving SKUs are always available, but slower SKUs are not overstocked.


How can this kind of warehousing dynamic work for me?

Improved warehousing visibility allows you to … Read More

Real Time Inventory and Supply Chain Management

Why real-time inventory visibility needs to be a part of your supply chain management strategy

The necessity of adopting omnichannel commerce techniques is old news. Every brick and mortar retailer has a plan to bring a shiny supply chain management solutionsnew mobile-responsive website online in the next few months or a plan to run a home delivery line out of their existing warehouses. What many don’t have, though, is a supply chain management plan that will give them the responsiveness and resilience they’ll need to keep all these new customers happy. 

The customers you will gain through multi-channel marketing demand real time and … Read More

Supply Chains and Omnichannel Marketing

Supply chains worldwide are not generally optimised for omnichannel marketing

A recent study from PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the Big Four auditors, recently released a survey of retail supply chains and omnichannelexecutives, and the results have a lot to tell us. In short, big retail is not prepared to take advantage of omnichannel marketing, and doesn’t plan to do much about it.

The study polled several hundred executives representing retail companies from all around the world. Taken as a whole, only 17% of those polled felt that their supply chains were optimised for omnichannel marketing, even though fully half believed their supply chain … Read More

Shipping, Tracking, Logistics and Satellites

Shipping, tracking, logistics and satellites – key features of GPS fleet management systems

No fleet management system can be all things to all companies, and the unique characteristics of your organisation will of course determine the best choice of solution to use for your shipping, tracking, logistics and fleet control needs. Still, there are some features common to almost all such systems, and things nearly every user should look for.

Modes of access for shipping tracking logistics and managshipping logisticsement software

With any management solution, there is the choice between locally hosted solutions or cloud-based options. In general, web- or … Read More

Healthcare logistics industry

Major challenges face the healthcare logistics industry today, but most are adapting well

healthcare logistics

Healthcare logistics has always been a complicated field, but that landscape seems to be shifting faster than ever, making strategic decisions on supply chain matters more critical than ever. TNS conducts its “Pain in the (Supply) Chain” healthcare survey annually for UPS, based on data they have gathered from 440 senior healthcare logistics decision makers across Western Europe, The Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. Their answers have a lot to tell us about what challenges face the market today, and what we might expect in … Read More

Temporary Storage – Planning For Peak Season and steps to take to avoid an influx

Temporary storage for peak seasons

temporary storage for peak seasons

Temporary storage is something that needs to be correctly planned for and looked at it many ways. Considering the weather is one vital element. To eliminate product damage through mould, mildew, damp or heat is part of your general day-to-day operation and ensuring that you have the staff to cover periods of greater demands is equally as important. Whatever time of year it is, due to the boom of the online retail world, customers now have the market in the palm of their hands; they can be selective with which companies they choose and one … Read More

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