How to identify an effective Kaizen opportunity in logistics (and beyond)

Posted by Rob Walker, General Manager - Central Operations on 25-Mar-2019 10:20:00
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In business, everyone has their own preferred management style and way of working.  This is particularly relevant within logistics and supply chain management.  No two logistics operations will be the same and, even within the same warehouse, different operations will have specific and differing ways of working.  So, when it comes to change, how do you recognise what’s a good suggestion for improvement and what’s going to waste resources or distract you from achieving your primary goal?

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Supply chain management: Kaizen best practices in logistics

Posted by Darren Dennis - Continuous Improvement Manager at YLUK on 25-Feb-2019 09:19:23
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From higher job satisfaction to improved operational efficiency, the benefits of Kaizen to businesses of all shapes and sizes are vast.  The underlying principle of Kaizen is to focus on small continuous improvements that can be actioned quickly to create manageable actions that contribute to overall long-term improvements, rather than setting unrealistic goals that could potentially lead to failures.

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The wider impacts of Brexit in the UK

Posted by James Colson - AstraZeneca Global Account Manager on 08-Jan-2019 09:27:00
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Why it’s not just logistics supply chains that directly trade between the UK and the EU that will be affected

In the UK, we have already seen the uncertainty leading up to the Brexit withdrawal date impacting the financial markets and the value of the GBP.  In fact, since the results of the referendum, the value of the pound has taken a hit that it is yet to recover from. 

  

The laborious withdrawal process has been fraught with delays and setbacks which still today, with just 3 months to go, have failed to be resolved. So, what does this mean for the UK?

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Topics: Brexit, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Freight transportation

How Yusen Logistics’ European Control Tower can revitalise your healthcare operation

Posted by Frank Gosnell - General Manager, Asset Light Operations and Planning on 22-Nov-2018 14:45:59
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 A logistics Control Tower can bring supply chain visibility to your operation, improving both planning and efficiency. For the healthcare vertical, higher performance levels can reflect upon the end patient’s welfare with late, damaged or compromised products having a significant impact, as we discussed in our previous blog.  However, maintaining control of your logistics can be difficult to manage - especially as your supply chain grows bringing additional stakeholders, procedures, routes and end destinations to an already complex and intricate process.  

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Improving logistics management:  preventing drug shortages through better visibility

Posted by James Colson - AstraZeneca Global Account Manager on 01-Nov-2018 10:24:00
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Our previous blogs considered the causes of healthcare supply chain failures, which often result in product losses due to breaches in compliance.   Within logistics, minimising product losses will help contribute to reducing drug shortages overall – not just for the pharmaceuticals associated within a particular shipment but for the resource associated with replacing lost product too, which could have been spent elsewhere in the business. 

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European healthcare: how smarter logistics can reduce drug shortages

Posted by Frank Packman - General Manager, Healthcare on 16-Oct-2018 10:21:00
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Although logistics is only one step in the healthcare supply chain, research shows an average pharmaceutical organisation spends 6% of its revenue on logistics requirements, compared to 5%­ for the retail industry and just 2% for electronics.   Manufacturers must absorb these costs without compromising on the quality of medicines, which can lead to subsequent failures and shortages.  Yet, despite this, regulations such as the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) varies by region and therefore universal standards are not upheld.

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Healthcare logistics: preventing stock shortages in European healthcare supply chains

 Drug shortages are recognised as a global issue by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with research indicating that the problem has been increasingly affecting European countries.  The duration of medicine shortages can range from a few days to several months, with acute and chronic medicine shortages potentially compromising patient outcomes.  This, together with the expense and time burden of drug shortages, has led to medicine agencies expressing concerns about the long-term supply of drugs.  To understand how to prevent stock shortages in European healthcare supply chains, we first must define the true extent of the problem.   

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International trade: a guide to success

Posted by Lesley Batchelor OBE, Director General for the Institute of Export on 20-Sep-2018 13:38:17
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Trump and Brexit have brought international trade to the fore in recent years. Yet, while the tenets of free trade and the rise of globalisation may appear under threat, there remains plenty to be excited and encouraged by in world trade. 

At the Institute we’ve often spoken of the need to protect and enhance a rules-based order of trade between nations and international businesses – one that encourages fairness and clarity for exporters. We also believe that more can be done on an international level to encourage businesses of all sizes and from all places to enter international trade.

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Driving change with sustainable transport

Posted by Rodion Liashko - ESC Business Analyst on 04-Sep-2018 13:39:11
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Our responsibility to future generations is set as the main principle of Sustainable Development, a concept introduced by Brundtland Report in 1987.  Since then, we often read about the importance of sustainability when discussing the environment, climate change and corporate social responsibility (CSR).  And yet, what does sustainability really mean for logistics?  And how can your 4PL provider drive sustainable development?

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Topics: suppy chain, 3PL logistics

Brexit: preparing for the unknown

Posted by Pauline Bastidon, Head of European Policy at Freight Transport Association on 07-Aug-2018 10:16:00
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Long queues of lorries at the borders, grounded planes, complex customs processes, new regulatory requirements… Every day brings a new example of what a ‘no deal’ outcome in March 2019 could mean for logistics and supply chains and, by now, you probably feel that you have heard it all. And yet, with less than 9 months left before Brexit, knowing where to start and what to plan for in this thick ‘Brexit fog’ can be a real challenge.  

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