Outsourcing Independent Specialist Expertise is on the increase

Whilst outsourcing has always been prevalent in the logistics and supply chain sectors, there has been a marked increase in the requirements of businesses in all sectors, for independent specialist consultants. This is not just due to economic slowdown or uncertainty, making companies more cautious in employing permanent resource, but mainly due to the diversity,…

Prepare for the unexpected – It probably will happen!

Business continuity planning should be a priority for every company. A growing number of businesses suffer a major disruption every year and the current economic climate increases the risk of your suppliers going out of business which could seriously impact on your ability to manufacture or produce your own products – so how would you…

WAREHOUSE & INVENTORY OPTIMISATION COMBATS AGAINST RECESSION

A key factor for minimising costs and maximising operational effectiveness in the current and future economic climate is an effective Logistics, Warehouse and Inventory Management strategy. Many companies, regardless of industry sector, have survived the recession to date through drastic cost cutting exercises frequently having reduced the workforce and either closing or “mothballing” manufacturing and…

The role of Returnable Transit Packaging in the Supply Chain

The emphasis today across all industry sectors is ensuring a sustainable supply chain, (a continual improvement process), with the key considerations of improving environmental and social impacts. This is achieved through the management of raw materials, products and services at all stages within the chain. Materials Handling Equipment (MHE) and the way in which it…

Lowering the Cost of Pallet Fleets

The only real solution to managing pallet fleet costs is managing specific supply chain processes and an effective management and control system which can be easily integrated into the existing supply chain operation. Pallet fleet specifications and costs vary depending on the industry sector, application and budget. However one thing common to many established fleets,…

Developing a Beautiful Logistics Solution

Gideon Hillman Consulting has been working with the Urban Retreat group of Companies, the luxury hair, beauty and spa specialists, to develop and deliver an improved and reduced cost warehouse, order picking and distribution strategy for their own brand products and their online e-commerce site, Beautique.com. The project focus included the distribution of Urban Retreat…

Gideon Hillman Caters for the Masses

Gideon Hillman Consulting, the supply chain management specialists, has been working in partnership with Cygnet Foods Ltd, to further improve its supply chain and service to its customers. Based in Warrington, Cygnet Foods Ltd is dedicated to the provision of high-quality food and catering services to Business and Industry under the umbrella of Compact Catering…

RFiD System Planning – A Simplified Overview

The debate for extending the use of RFiD across supply chains and negating barcodes has gone on for many years and will doubtless continue for many more. However the debate, whether held in the media or at conferences, is being argued by individuals within the food and retail sector with significant technology knowledge and understanding…

Supply Chain & Manufacturing – Acronyms and Glossary of Terms

4S: Arrangement, Organization, Cleanliness, Act of cleaning 5M : manpower, machine, method, material and measurement – sources of variation 5S : seiri (sort), seiton (straighten), seiso (shine), seiketsu (standardize) and shitsuke (sustain) 5W2H: Who, What, When, Where, Why & How and How Many (root cause analysis) 8D: Eight Discipline Problem Solving Method and Report ABAP:…