Supply Chain

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...

A chilling thought...

A chilling thought...

Keeping food and drink at the right temperature throughout the supply chain isn't an especially complex task, but when corners are cut to save costs, problems can arise. Robin Meczes reports.

Pan-European disaster area?

Pan-European disaster area?

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is the forum in which operations and sales directors organise themselves to balance their sales effort and...

It's good to talk

It's good to talk

By Elaine Watson

Effective demand planning for promotions continues to be scuppered by poor communications both within and between companies, according to a new study...

On the road to compliance

On the road to compliance

By Lynda Searby

The Road Transport Directive has made a 48 hour working week for drivers mandatory. But at what cost to the food industry? Lynda Searby finds out

Tesco: shelf- ready or else?

Tesco: shelf- ready or else?

Tesco has started the roll-out of shelf-ready packaging by making a special offer to suppliers. It runs roughly like this: "Commit to shelf-ready...

Fears subside over road transport directive

Fears subside over road transport directive

By Rick Pendrous

Fears of soaring driver costs as the road transport directive comes into force this month have been allayed, according to a new survey.The survey of...

Good planning meets demand

Good planning meets demand

I recently saw a very successful example of sales and operations planning (S&OP), whereby manufacturing, distribution and sales have been welded...

Heinz shares gains at its NDC

Heinz shares gains at its NDC

By Rick Pendrous

Wincanton operates Heinz's national distribution centre (NDC) at Wigan under an open contract which runs until 2009. Rick Pendrous describes an arrangement where both parties benefit financially from efficiency gains made

Crystal gazing for the 21st century

Crystal gazing for the 21st century

Enterprise resource planning and advanced planning systems can both help companies with their forecasting. But which one is best suited to you? Kathy Watson reports

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