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How to get your supply chain ready for the future of transport

New technology and power sources could revolutionise logistics In retail, much is made of the demand for flexible and even same-day delivery. However, this sector isn’t alone, with the need to find cost-effective solutions and new efficiencies evident throughout the logistics and supply chain industry.  Changes to transport as we know it – such as

Why We Need to Remove Single-Use Plastic from Supply Chains

How to head for a sustainable, cost-effective supply chain future  With over 8 million tons of plastic ending up in the oceans each year, businesses around the world are waking up to the fact that they need to review their corporate responsibility and address the environmental impact of their supply chains. There are benefits to

Battery disposal: big challenges for the supply chain

How can the industry deal with batteries in a safer, less wasteful way?  In February 2019, a recycling site fire in St Helens ignited an area of 50 x 50 metres and sparked public health warnings due to a resulting 30-metre-high smoke plume. It took firefighters a whole weekend to extinguish the blaze, which was

Why smart homes are the next technology supply chain challenge

Will you be ready for the next generation of supply, service and technological needs? According to the research and analytics group YouGov, “almost a quarter of Britons now own one or more smart home devices”. The figures refer to smart speakers, thermostats, lighting and security (although they exclude smart meters). Market data analysts Statista predict

Why supply chain managers are turning to new technology

From automation in production to picking and tracking tools, businesses are seeking new ways to streamline and enhance their logistics operations. In an age of heightened demand and greater consumer awareness, there is a growing need for brands to use innovative methods to reach targets, adopt sustainable habits and create a safer, more secure environment

Driving off into the sunset: how blockchain could protect automotive profits

Supporters say the possibilities with blockchain seem endless with a secure, transparent and shared system for automotive supply chains. However, not everyone agrees. Delivery delays, stolen parts and odometer fraud: what can be done about vehicle supply chain problems like these? The answer could be blockchain. According to a 2018 study by IBM, “62% of surveyed executives say blockchain will be

How recycled, used and remanufactured electronics will help satisfy customer demand

Why giving used gadgets ‘a new lease of life’ could be great for business It’s been suggested that consumers’ apparent interest in sustainability does not necessarily lead to action. However, the growing market for refurbished and second-hand mobile phones would seem to say something different.  As consumer pressure to be ‘green’ increases, electronics firms are

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Apple are one of the world’s most successful companies.  Their pioneering use of technology and design has made them a leader in the highly competitive market.  Their devices have become an integral part of their customers’ life – things they just cannot do without.  Apple is unrivalled for service and they want to ensure that customers

The security issue: why digital technology should put the automotive sector on guard

Smart technologies are now present throughout automotive supply chains. Is enough being done to protect them from possible cyber threats? On the one hand, new technologies enable more efficient running of automotive supply chains. They make it easier to manage complex processes across a fragmented sector. In addition, manufacturers are producing cars with increased connectivity

Why Returns Spell Success For The Consumer Technology Industry

Effective reverse logistics can satisfy compliance needs, improve the industry’s global impact and bolster profits. For the technology sector, a high performing supply chain is vital in the race to get the latest products into consumers’ hands. Short product life cycles and the high value of returns mean that reverse logistics is a core part

6 Business and Social Trends Reshaping the Supply Chain

The supply chain landscape is changing. Discover the six business and social trends responsible and what they could mean for your logistics operations. It’s only to be expected that an industry built on moving goods and services should also have to shift as technology and consumer tastes reshape the economic landscape. As revealed by industry

Top 10 Technology Trends Transforming Logistics

Download the PDF here Technology continues to transform traditional logistics processes, driving supply chain leaders to adapt. What do these technologies look like and how could you be impacted? Technology is driving change in all walks of life and logistics is no different. Connectivity and the widespread uptake of social media are increasing customer expectations, placing

Autonomous Vehicles in The Intelligent Supply Chain

In this article we discuss the impending role of autonomous vehicles in the intelligent supply chain—and how they could benefit enterprises. Self driving trucks and ‘platooning’ have featured a lot in the news lately, drawing a heavy amount of skepticism, criticism and concern from the public. While few doubt that the future will bring autonomous

Considering Supply Chain Technology? How to guarantee ROI

While the right technology (applied in the right way) can make your supply chain incredibly efficient, many companies are struggling to ensure that they get a sound return on their investment. Gone are the days when a single system or ‘killer app’ would deliver superiority in a sector. With the lightning fast pace of change

Automotive Supply Chains: the Coming Revolution

Automotive supply chains are facing a massive revolution that will see driverless cars, shrinking production volumes and highly customised products shaping the sector. While these developments are seemingly unconnected, they do have one thing in common—all of them will require greater agility in the supply chain. Driverless cars Autonomous vehicles are within sight, with the

The Impact of Big Data on Logistics

Almost 85 percent of organisations using big data expect it to dramatically alter the way they do business. Let’s look at the impact of big data on logistics. Data is all around us. When we leave the house in the morning, our mobile devices can tell us our ETA to work—without us even telling them

The Milkman Was Ahead of His Time

As recently as 1980, 89 per cent of all milk consumed by British households was delivered by a milkman. Expansion of supermarket chains has all but made this job extinct, but looking back, we can see that the milkman was way ahead of his time, and not just because he used an electric vehicle. So

Four-Wheel Data Drive

Big data is on the agenda of most corporations and represents an opportunity to learn more and do more—to get better, you might say. Consider this scenario from the customer of a recently purchased four-wheel drive vehicle: “As a family, we have been experiencing difficulties with an 18-month-old car we had from new—a dashboard notice

Lessons for Health Logistics from the Automotive Sector

With the dual challenges of increasing demand and cost pressures, addressing supply chain challenges is becoming even more difficult for well-established healthcare companies. What if health logistics looked to different sectors for evolution? Within the health sector, supply chain management has been seen as a relatively niche concept. Across the healthcare system both clinical and

The Ghost of Network Providers’ Future

With mobile network brands almost invisible, what can the present state of utilities tell us about the future of the mobile network sector? The mobile network sector is consolidating. Most people will identify the logo of the major network, but one imagines they would not be able to spell out a unique characteristic or brand

The Secret to Balancing Process and Agility in Manufacturing

We caught up with Unipart Expert Practices MD Alan Kelly earlier this month to discuss the relevance of process and agility in promoting success up the supply chains of today—and tomorrow. Whether you are reassessing the efficiency of your existing operations or planning to future-proof your supply chain, process and agility are two words that

How Could Smart City Technologies Save Supply Chains Millions?

Smart cities could significantly reduce supply chain costs for enterprises. How can they achieve this, and what are the barriers standing in the way? Navigating our most congested cities, the average commercial vehicle driver wastes 129 hours a year sitting in traffic. In supply chain speak, that’s 16 work days of inactivity—for every driver. This

Are You Overspending on Your Field Engineer Network?

By optimising stockholding across field engineer networks, enterprises can ensure their engineers always have optimum inventory levels to routinely meet service requirements—and no more. In coming years, the most successful field engineer networks are going to be those that deliver service, efficiency and management of their vehicles—without overspending. Many businesses hold excessive inventory on their

Unclogging City Arteries: It’s All in the Last Mile

Part 1 As cities are being challenged by congestion and pollution, businesses must work with municipalities for a smarter, strategic approach. Smart city logistics represent a significant opportunity for businesses to optimise supply chain performance, in particular around last mile deliveries, but it is not technology alone that is making this possible. Nor is it

Are You Maximising the Full Value of Your Returns?

Faced with today’s pressures, many enterprises are rethinking their returns management, looking not only at the efficiency of their processes but whether or not they are getting sufficient financial yield for their returns. As shopping habits change and consumer expectations rise, traditional returns processing is struggling to keep up, leading many retail enterprises to consider

Sensors Can Make Sense of the Urban Bottlenecks

Part 2 As cities are being challenged by congestion and pollution, businesses must work with municipalities for a smarter, strategic approach. City bosses find themselves in a race against time to address a wide range of challenges before they become critical, with issues like rising emissions as a result of congestion directly affecting the health,

How Intelligent Fleet Solutions are Transforming Field Engineer Networks

We accurately align engineer stock holding with service requirements, enabling enterprises to maintain optimised inventories across their fleet network—at a reduced cost. We connect field engineers in even the most complex supply chains. Efficiencies are achieved by using data from Smart Vans to find new ways to optimise assets and build competitive advantage for our

Set Your Watch by Robotics, the Future of Warehousing

Where should you start when looking to embrace automated warehousing, and what are the challenges you might face along the way? An automated warehouse is a breathtaking sight: picture a circuit-board of activity as scores of box-shaped robots soar between pallets, scanning shelves and retrieving stock for delivery to a picking station. This is just

Can Your Logistics Provider Meet the Ever Changing Needs of the Automotive Industry?

By building agility into the supply chain and reducing inventory, logistics providers enable automotive enterprises to adapt more quickly and efficiently to new and emerging supply chain challenges. Not since Henry Ford improved mass-production with the first conveyor belt-based assembly line in 1913 have automotive supply chains experienced such a period of rapid change. China’s

Five Ways Blockchain Can Unblock Your Supply Chain

Futurist Don Tapscott said blockchain will allow companies to revolutionise their business models, but how can the technology unblock your supply chain? The conversation around data sharing can be a particular challenge for enterprises because of issues such as cost, information security, implementation, data standards, and relationship management. And yet, for urban logistics strategies and

How Automotive Enterprises are Harnessing Our Experience to Deliver Supply Chains of the Future

Our broad automotive network and experience in solution design can be harnessed by automotive companies to deliver more agile and capable supply chains—now and in the future. Drawing from our experience of production logistics and our manufacturing capability, we ensure automotive enterprises receive the right part, in the right place and at the right level

How Do You Meet Rising Customer Expectations Cost-Effectively?

As consumer expectations rise, so too does the cost of meeting them. How can today’s supply chain directors balance service standards and cost to consistently satisfy—and retain—their customers? The digital world has given consumers unparalleled access to businesses the world over. With this comes choice, convenience, and the ability to make more economic purchasing decisions.

3 Ways Smart Contracts Will Transform Supply Chains of the Future

Smart contracts, and the blockchain technology that underpins their use, are almost tailor-made for today’s complex, multifaceted supply chains. A study conducted at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, found that, on average, there are 200 different interactions between 30 different parties involved in moving one container from one location to another. Each of those interactions

How Do You Get a Supply Chain to Really Perform?

More often than not, a supply chain may operate moderately well and deliver within tolerable limits. Customers may find the service acceptable, but nothing exceptional. Inventory levels may be higher than needed but for some traditionalists, plenty of inventory is a good thing, isn’t it? Actually, we think that most supply chains can improve performance

How Unipart is Reducing Lead Times and Improving Quality in Enterprise Repair Models

Our background in innovation and experience in reverse logistics means we produce tailored solutions that enable our customers to repair products better and deliver them faster—reducing costs and improving customer satisfaction. Our tailored repair solutions means we design, implement, and manage your repair model according to your specific requirements. With market leading turnaround times, we

How to Create a Cost-Effective Supply Chain that Delights Your Customers

Our supply chain systems provide end-to-end visibility, helping businesses to assess the cost-effectiveness of their operations and optimise supply chain performance in line with customer expectations. A competitive advantage is everything in today’s business, and a world-class supply chain can deliver this. Information leads to intelligence. In particular, the accuracy, relevance and timeliness of information

5 Top Warehousing Challenges You Shouldn’t Ignore

While overcoming the challenges faced by warehouse managers stands to improve the cost-effectiveness and profitability of warehouse operations, the issue extends much further than that. Customer engagement and operational excellence need to go well beyond cost reduction to make the supply chain a source of customer value. And in today’s customer-centric landscape, providing value to

Recognise These 5 Warning Signs? Your Supply Chain Could Be At Risk

The ability to sense danger before it occurs is paying dividends for many organisations both in maintaining high performance levels and reducing costs. At a time when agility and flexibility are of increasing importance, even the most well managed supply chains can be susceptible to unexpected short term problems that can have significant impact and

Productivity, Are We Giving Ourselves the Complete Picture?

Productivity has always been important but it is becoming increasingly so. Achieving and setting productivity standards underpins cost budgets, whilst also informing the resource levels needed to reach service levels. A miscalculation will nearly always have a consequence, in this scenario operations either overspend or under deliver and neither are palatable. Get it right consistently

Shaping the Supply Chain Through Smart Resource Planning

In one of our previous articles we highlighted the value of tracking efficiency and utilisation as a means of measuring productivity across the supply chain. Equipped with this information, operators will be able to plan activities with higher degrees of precision and accordingly become more reliable in terms of achieving both cost and service expectations.

6 Data Skills Your Supply Chain Shouldn’t Be Without

In part 1 we explored why data literacy is so important to supply chain success. In part 2, let’s take a closer look at the key skills required for using data more effectively. ‘The purpose of this role is to mine, collate, interpret, and recommend detailed and summarised decision-making analysis of sales forecasts for our

AI and the Future of Supply Chain Management

Encompassing multiple, often overlapping disciplines across the supply chain, artificial intelligence is set to empower supply chain management on a global scale. As Forrester puts it, we’re six years into the Age of the Customer, when digitally empowered consumers place increased service expectations on every brand interaction. The Chartered Management Institute suggests that emerging technology

Looking East to Supply Chain Perspectives and Issues in China

China’s booming economy is turning heads. Is there space for Western companies to establish business there and what supply chain issues will they face? China investing heavily in transport logistics As with the rest of the world, mass globalisation has heightened pressures for logistical speed, paving the way for China’s $900 billion Belt and Road

Moving East: Optimising Your China Supply Chain Strategy

2017 saw the fastest economic growth in China for two years, signalling a wealth of opportunities for automotive, retail, and players from other industries looking to reach and engage new consumers around the world. Optimising the supply chain strategy around China’s logistics challenges is key for businesses looking to capitalise on the country’s exciting market conditions. But

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