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How does traffic affect delivery times?
Stream Late Delivery Index x TomTom Traffic Ranking Index It seems obvious, doesn’t it? Of course, traffic levels affect delivery times, don’t they? Well, you might be surprised. We cross-referenced data from TomTom’s traffic ranking index and our own late delivery index to discover that actually, traffic might not be the number one risk factor […]
How Supply Chain Innovation Will Enable Next-generation Healthcare
How Supply Chain Innovation Will Enable Next-generation Healthcare A report by DHL, Delivering Next-Level Healthcare, has analysed how supply chain and logistics innovations are facilitating new approaches to healthcare. Healthcare systems across the globe are changing rapidly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accessibility, efficiency, and depth of choice have come increasingly into focus, […]
What is Route Planning?
‘By failing to plan, you are preparing to fail’ Route planning plays a key role throughout logistics, particularly when multiple deliveries are made in a run and multiple routes are therefore used. It creates a number of logistical complexities that a Transport Planner, Logistics Planner, or their equivalent in an organisation are there to solve. […]
What are Empty Miles in Logistics?
Empty miles in logistics are a circumstance that has long plagued the transportation industry, but those who are not familiar with the concept may be wondering: What are empty miles in logistics? What are the side effects of empty miles? And finally, how do transportation and logistics companies avoid empty miles? Well luckily, we’ve dived […]
The Key Logistical Challenges of Last-mile Delivery & How To Solve Them
DHL recently published a report outlining some of the key logistical challenges that complicate last-mile deliveries, whilst presenting solutions to these challenges that evolve the final leg of delivery so that it’s fast, cheap, reliable and green. The answers can be found in a diverse selection of emerging logistics solutions and trends, with logistics and […]
Bracketing: The Billion Dollar Headache for eCommerce Businesses
If you’re a business operating in the e-commerce space, then you may already be familiar with the concept of ‘bracketing’ and how much it could be costing your business each year. If not, then perhaps you’ve even ‘bracketed’ goods yourself without realising it had its own definition! Research conducted by Narvar in 2022 stated that […]
How is technology transforming the future of deliveries?
Whenever the ‘future of deliveries’ topic crops up, one of the first things that springs to mind is the swarm of Amazon drones piercing the skies as they deliver packages to the homes of their 200 million Prime subscribers. And while this may not be something we see quite come to fruition tomorrow, it’s certainly […]
The Ecommerce Delivery Trends You Need to Know in 2023
Research conducted by Auctane in association with Metapack has assessed the upcoming ecommerce delivery trends that should be prevalent throughout 2023, and how shifting consumer and economic landscapes will shape them. More than 8,000 consumers across eight countries (UK, USA, Australia, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) were surveyed to gauge their shopping behaviours and how […]
How Stream supports cold chain logistics operations
Cold chain in logistics can often be a complex battle between compliance and technology, and making sure you have the right tools in place to successfully complete your deliveries within the confines of your compliance requirements. Well the good news is that Stream can help support your cold chain logistics operation and in this post […]
What is Track and Trace in Logistics?
Defining and contextualising track and trace in logistics In simple terms, track and trace determines the current and past locations of objects (such as raw materials, products and vehicles) or people. It creates visibility, traceability and resiliency throughout a supply chain, and allows goods to pass from point-to-point securely. This is achieved through scanning unique […]
How to manage deliveries at different temperatures
With tens of millions of people here in the UK receiving their Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster jabs this winter, as well as their flu jabs, conversations around vaccines have been reinvigorated in the media. In this post we’ll be diving into: Why are controlled temperatures important in the supply chain Distributing temperature controlled (cold chain) pharmaceuticals […]
Three key emerging trends that are transforming intralogistics
Over the past two years, three key trends: eGrocery, micro-fulfilment centres and automation, have precipitated unparalleled growth and change within intralogistics. Logistics processes for micro-fulfilment for groceries in particular have witnessed significant innovation over that time period to such an extent that customers in major cities across the globe can have their food shopping delivered […]
What is a ‘Milk Run’ in logistics?
When it comes to the transportation of goods, you may have heard the term ‘milk run’ being mentioned. So what exactly does it mean, what’s the official definition and what are some examples of them being used? Milk Run Meaning: A ‘milk run’ is the name given to the process where a vehicle picks […]
Three Simple Ways to Lower Your Shipping Costs and Boost Your Profits
Businesses and consumers feel the impact of continually rising fuel prices Brightpearl by Sage’s guide ‘10 Techniques to Lower Shipping Costs and Boost Profit’ is essential reading at the moment, given that the cost of petrol and diesel continue to hit fresh records daily here in the UK. At the time of writing The RAC […]
How to combat rising fuel prices in the transportation & logistics industry
We know that cutting costs without cutting corners is high on the list of priorities for any business, so what steps can delivery and logistics companies take to combat rising fuel prices? Fuel prices in the UK have once again hit record levels this week, with the average price of petrol and diesel now reaching […]
The role of a Transport Manager: The glue that holds your delivery operation together
The importance of the Transport Manager (or relative figure) within your fleet business cannot be understated. Their role is defined as being ‘responsible for directing, coordinating, planning and overseeing tasks and operations within an organisation involving transportation activities.’ Directly or indirectly, they set the standard for numerous parts of a collective whole, including: compliance and […]