Supply Chain

No hiding place

No hiding place

It is interesting how few food manufacturers have a hard measure of the profits they really make from individual customers. An ambient food...

Time for supply chain quid pro quo

Time for supply chain quid pro quo

Isn't it interesting how retailer-enforced changes in the supply chain are often better supported by suppliers than by the retailers' own staff!As...

Cool new approach to cut freight costs

Cool new approach to cut freight costs

By Elaine Watson

While the industry is littered with the carcases of dot.coms that have bitten the dust, those that have proved they are more than a bunch of...

Transparency is the key to happiness

Transparency is the key to happiness

I recently came across a bad example of a warehouse draft contract, which failed the two basic rules of 'fit for purpose' for relationships where the...

Beware those inflexible contracts

Beware those inflexible contracts

I had a call the other day to be a 'marriage guidance' counsellor for a third party logistics provider (3PL) and a customer who had fallen out over...

Food goes radio ga ga

Food goes radio ga ga

By Elaine Watson

There is a business case for RFID tags on returnable assets, but the jury is still out when it comes to mass tagging of cases, says Elaine Watson

The true cost of our journeys

The true cost of our journeys

It's roughly 1,000 miles from Northern Spain to the UK Midlands by road. That journey has a current commercial cost of around 70p per case for double...

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