The way freight transport is bought here in the UK is changing and now is the time to react if you don’t want to be left by the kerbside.Read More
Key to the exploitation of these developments lie in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) systems. Large amounts of data are collected by machines and transmitted to others to be analysed. The results are then sent to yet other machines for execution.Read More
There is effectively no joined-up ‘spot’ market for intermodal freight, which is typically seen as complex and inflexible. So, there is a clear case for further developing intelligent freight matching solutions, to link rail freight capacity, shipper needs, road carriers to and from railheads, and perhaps railhead transfer capacity as well.Read More
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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Up to now, ‘digitisation’ has largely been about ‘playing the game better’ by using IT to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. However, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles and additive manufacturing, will not just change the rules of the game but the very game itself. Now commonly referred to as ‘digitalisation’.
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