NEWS

Consumers want smaller stores with bigger ranges (huh!)

Gone are the days when consumers are willing to trawl through massive supermarkets to find their trolley of goods, today they insist on convenience and availability. Small format stores are the rage, affording consumers their pleasures and necessities. But how do you achieve a smaller footprint with a complete range?
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Predicting demand

Apologies for the misleading header, or is it really? There seems to be some debate over the ability to accurately forecast demand, and quite rightly so.
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Change in mindset from Just in Case, to Just in Time

With increased focus on processes and people in today's cost centric market, we see an inclination towards a silo mentality (as oxymoronic as that sounds). People know they are being measured..
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Improving on-time arrival

Many carriers / suppliers complain about excessive standing times at the back-door of retailers, however the retailers often have to deal with the complexity of deliveries arriving out of schedule. Scheduling of deliveries into a dock door provides benefits to
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Increasing visibility and communications

The distribution resource planning is optimised and ready to execute, driving it’s success is ensuring that your network partners are aware of your plan, and any exceptions that occur during the distribution process are communicated. With intelligent planning and optimisation
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The Tolls are Taxing

Last week saw the introduction of the much published, debated and contested Gauteng E-Tolls. The impending effect on the cost of distribution is hard to ignore with an obvious increase in the price of distribution. Some commentators have noted that …
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The supermarket of the future

In an ever innovative and changing world, one has to think what the face of retail will look like in the near and distant future. The inevitability of technology and consumer demand shaping what we now know as our retail …
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Understanding Demand

Many Supply Chain participants look at supply chain in isolation without understanding the importance of demand planning. Demand planning and the subsequent supply alignment thereafter are critical to any supply chain model and the basis of a profitable and efficient …
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End of year peak - To do

The now infamous “Silly Season” is on our doorstep and retailers and their suppliers gear up for what they hope will be a period of trade growth, whilst carriers and distributors are hopeful for a well-planned few weeks of uninterrupted supply. As …
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Supply Chain Strategy

What is your supply chain strategy? In a recent workshop hosted by Joe Francis of the SCC (Supply Chain Council), it was highlighted that only 5 % of businesses globally properly segment their supply chains and incorporate the correct strategy …
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Skills deficiencies

It is no groundbreaking news that skills within the CPG industry in South Africa contribute to additional costs in the supply chain of FMCG goods. Where skills are present, they are often not relevant. Numerous symptoms of poor skilled labour …
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Defining value in CPG supply chain

With increased competitiveness in the FMCG supply chain industry (read article), it is important to understand where value lies and is perceived by strategic partners. Too often value is perceived to be the Rands and Cents associated with the cost …
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Consolidation and increased competitiveness

Over the past years the FMCG industry has seen an increased trend of consolidation, creating a very competitive distribution environment. One of the key factors was the introduction of the PnP Centralised distribution centres, equating to less vendors being delivered …
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Innovating in the FMCG industry

I am sure you will agree that every conference or meeting you attend these days has someone incorporating “Innovation” into their presentation. Its a topic that gets everyone motivated but do we truly grasp the concept and how can we …
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2012 in review

We have recently released our annual stats report “2012 in review” which contains insightful information on current challenges, proposed interventions and data analysis. During 2012, Logtrix handled in excess of 45 000 queries relating to delivery exceptions / problems. This is …
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2012 Yearbook

Logtrix has published it’s 2012 Yearbook which summarises all articles and happenings during 2012. This short resource makes for interesting reading and will give a snapshot of our operations and industry happenings. As always we welcome feedback on our resources …
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Fuel cost increase

The Department of Energy announced that on Wednesday 3 April 2013 the cost at the pumps will again increase. This on the back of a significant increase on 6 March 2013, which increased the petrol cost by 81c per litre
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Good data = lower costs

Reducing costs in supply chain processes has become a critical strategic mission for most businesses over the past few years. Supply chain executives invest heavily in technology to ensure there is a comprehensive integration process that allows them to drive …
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Understanding Demand

Many Supply Chain participants look at supply chain in isolation without understanding the importance of demand planning. Demand planning and the subsequent supply alignment thereafter are critical to any supply chain model and the basis of a profitable and efficient
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