The UniPro group’s annual tradeshow took place in Palm Beach from May 9th-11th. In preparation for the show, LIDD launched the second edition of its WMS assessment report. We designed the report to better understand how companies in the foodservice industry are using their warehouse management… Read More
Logistics has been dramatically transformed in the information age. The ability to collect and transmit data; to build logic using that data to direct work and plan complex, global networks; to see patterns in human consumption that were at best guessed-at only decades ago: we have managed amazing things… Read More
At the end of August, I’ll be out in Sacramento for the UniPro Scope event where I will present the results of a WMS assessment survey that we are conducting with UniPro companies.
It has been fascinating reviewing the responses as they trickle in. And while we are only sharing the results with participants, there are a couple of interesting findings that apply to almost anyone running a WMS in their distribution center.
Almost nobody uses the full… Read More
A recent meeting with a prospective client had me wondering about the wisdom of where venture capitalists park their money.
They were working with no systems, a slap-dash layout and painful processes designed almost to guarantee nothing made it out the doors in time. Sales were booming. After touring the operations, I sat with the COO for what became a short and unsuccessful meeting.… Read More
An article published in La Presse presents a study done by LIDD in regards to infrastructure requirements for recycling glass in the Province of Québec Done for the SAQ, the study highlights the large investments tied to implementing a parallel network that would transfer to the organisation the management of empty wine & spirits bottles.
Read the article here (in French).
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The Apple Watch is [almost] here. Hooray! Another gadget for our multi-device connected lifestyles.
Whether you believe this new product will be successful or a complete failure, one thing we know is that Apple is facing some additional logistical complexity in addition to the usual challenges surrounding new product launches (adoption rates, product reviews, investors’ reactions, etc.)
A typical Apple product launch (iPhone or iPad) is usually comprised… Read More
It’s hard to imagine that when 2015 comes to a close, people won’t point to Target’s Canadian collapse as one of the year’s biggest business stories. In the United States, Target is a sure-footed colossus that, until recently, had a well-deserved reputation for a chic assortment of products at rock bottom prices. Before their much heralded expansion into Canada, it had a loyal tribe of Canucks who flocked to their US locations on cross-border shopping sprees. The promise of a neighborhood Target… Read More
March 16, 2015
LIDD is pleased to announce that Charles Fallon has contributed to Supply Chain Quarterly’s first edition of 2015. Charles’ article, “Infrastructure: Supply Chain’s Missing Link”, addresses the often-overlooked yet critical role infrastructure plays in a company’s supply chain. Access the article at www.supplychainquarterly.com
At LIDD’s offices, we like to keep our fridge and pantry stocked with food to stave off mid-afternoon hunger or to make a convenient and healthy lunch. The easiest way for us to do this is through an online grocer. In fact, for established online grocers, like Fresh Direct, corporate offices are a significant part of their business.
Montreal is not blessed with many options when it comes to online grocery.… Read More
Because e-commerce is a relatively new retail horizon, often business leaders and entrepreneurs think that every aspect of an e-commerce company has to be cutting edge, awash in technical wizardry. It’s a dangerous notion – fatal in some cases like Webvan – that can lead companies down a path of wasting precious capital on operations gadgetry and gizmos.
So here are three little bits of history.… Read More