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Containers and pallets used in delivery processes cost companies thousands of pounds monthly – yet many organisations are grinning and bearing the losses as these often ubiquitous transport assets are deserting the frontline rarely to be seen again. But why isn’t more attention paid to the demise of the container in an industry of ever tightening margins?
This year’s Tour de France gets underway in Leeds on Saturday (yes, Yorkshire beat off all challengers) before heading to Harrogate, York and Sheffield over the weekend – taking in well-known locations such as Harewood House, Haworth and Holmfirth along the way. Then on Monday the race starts again in Cambridge and finishes in central London.
The confirmation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to uphold its decision made last year to ban the MyFerryLink ferries, Berlioz and Rodin, from the port of Dover for ten years, has brought a strong reaction from Eurotunnel.
In markets subject to globalisation, volatility, economic uncertainty, changes in demand channels and different distribution strategies, companies face tremendous challenges to match increasing supply volumes and product ranges to customer demand while keeping costs down at the same time. The amount of inventory a company holds can be a significant cost factor, based on the cost of the inventory itself and the cost of shipping, handling and storage. So naturally, most companies want to hold...