Logistic Partners Business Briefings
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Lynn Parnell, the author, has over 20 years experience in technical & operational roles within logistics management
Below are some links to Logistics Partners briefings on current topics within the Logistics and Distribution industry. If you have any questions on how Logistics Partners can help you analyse your requirements or assist in implementations please contact us. You can also sign up for email updates in the box on the left. Lynn will publish new briefings throughout the year and you can be the first to find out.
Traditionally logistics outsourcing has focussed on cost and physical service levels, with Information Technology (IT) playing a small part in the decision process. Effective IT is now key to the success of most supply chains and therefore needs to be an important consideration in the logistics outsourcing process. This briefing document advises both the Customer (i.e. manufacturer, retailer) and the Logistics Provider on why IT is important, who should provide the IT, key considerations for IT during the outsourcing lifecycle and challenges to getting effective IT in an outsourced logistics environment. IT includes software (e.g. warehouse management, vehicle management and transport management systems) and technology (e.g. RF terminals, voice picking, automation, ePODs)
There have been several high profile failures in the implementations of Supply Chain Systems. In 2004 Sainsburys £3 billion investment in Supply Chain systems resulted in a lack of stock on the shelves and a £260M write off. In 2011 SuperDry’s stated that a £6 - £9 Million loss in profits were due to issues with a warehouse system implementation. So if large corporations can’t get it right, what steps can SME’s take to ensure a successful software implementation? Download the business briefing to find out
Voice Technology has been around for 20 years but only in the last few years has the technology become suitable for implementation in the warehouse environment.
RFID is the use of a "tag" with a semiconductor to store information. These "tags" can be placed on items, case or pallets. The "tag" information can be accessed and sometimes updated throughout the supply chain.
RFID is believed to be the "next big thing" by many people within the logistics and supply chain industries allowing increased visibility of stock and enable accurate tracking of merchandise.