Blockchain or to be formal, Distributed Ledger Technology, (DLT) is not just the IT process enabling Bitcoin. It is real, valuable, and coming to a supply chain near you.
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Any supply chain manager, listening out above the day-to-day noise generated by continually evolving markets and requirements, will be rightly concerned about bigger geo-political issues. Like Brexit, US-China tariffs wars, relations with Russia to name just a few…
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Supply Chain Managers understandably focus on the physical movement of goods and, increasingly, on the supporting flows of information. Typically, how money moves through the chain is somebody else’s problem. However, this approach is flawed because cash flow issues are the most avoidable cause of supply chain vulnerability and failure.
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Academics love to quibble over definitions, but the two-letter difference between ‘digitisation’ and ‘digitalisation’ does have profound, real- world, significance. The currently accepted distinction comes from market researcher Gartner. It says that Digitisation “takes an analogue process and changes it to a digital form without changes to the process itself”. But Digitalisation “is the use of…
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According to the report ‘Making urban freight logistics more sustainable’, freight traffic accounts for 10-15% of urban kilometres travelled. Which doesn’t sound excessive until you realise that it represents 300-400 freight vehicle trips, per 100 people per day in, out, through or within a city. Many of these spend much of their time blocking roads to unload perhaps just one or two roll cages.
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The problem is simply stated. The European Commission reports that while road freight represents just 3% of vehicles, they account for 29% of road derived emissions. Consisting of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, but also pollutants such as oxides of nitrogen and particulates. Exhaust emissions aren’t the only issues either. Fuel spills, tyre ‘crumb’, accidents, noise & vibration, congestion, infrastructure degradation… It all has a real impact on the health and well-being of people and the environment. Whether at local, regional or higher level it still says nothing of future ‘climate change’. Download our latest whitepaper, to learn what you can do today to start improving your sustainability profile.
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In our previous blog, we learned that the problem with Supply Chain Management (SCM) lies in the word ‘chain’. It forces us to think in sequences where ‘B’ can’t begin until ‘A’ is completed.
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In our previous blog post, we learned that Supply Chain Management (SCM), was born in an era of transition. From manufacturers ‘pushing’ the products they could most easily or profitably make… To one where they had to be responsive to customers demand for choice and variety.
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In this 3-part blog series, we will look at the evolution of supply chains, from the profound changes in business organisation and technology in the 1970s. To where we are today on the cusp of yet another evolution which will prove even more significant.
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Since 2010, EU trucks have been allowed to undertake three ‘cabotages’ in a period of seven days in their country of destination before returning home. Importantly, though, these ‘cabotages’ have to be essentially casual – not part of a regular cont
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