Tender Types and Procedures

Before a tender is prepared and released to prospective suppliers the purchasing company will need to decide on the type of tender procedure they wish to use. The tender procedure used will define the interaction with any prospective suppliers and how these suppliers will submit their tender contract application.  Each procedure has its advantages and disadvantagesContinue reading “Tender Types and Procedures”

Ethical Procurement

Ethical procurement is no longer just a matter of trust between the buyer and supplier in the supply chain. There are a number of factors that must be considered. Of course, purchasing ethics plays a part in both global and local procurement but it can be more of an issue internationally. A willing or previouslyContinue reading “Ethical Procurement”

UK Port Congestion – what happened?

Most of the UK seaports have been (and some still are) suffering from severe congestion. It is extremely frustrating for the ports, freight forwarders and importers alike. If you have been effected, like me, you may be wondering – what happened? From what I can observe, like most problems, a number of factors have contributedContinue reading “UK Port Congestion – what happened?”

The Five Main Tender Principles

Tendering is the process of enabling prospective suppliers to bid and compete for a specific purchase or service requirement for your company. The tender document outlines the specific requirement and the whole process filters prospective suppliers to determine the most suitable to fulfil the requirement. There are five main ethical and legal principles that mustContinue reading “The Five Main Tender Principles”

Energy – The Hidden Waste

No company likes waste, in fact many companies implement systems to actively try and eliminate waste such as Lean 5S and Six Sigma. The problem is – these systems are designed for reducing time and process waste and do not directly address company energy waste. Surprisingly, the most efficient ‘Lean’ manufacturing or logistics company canContinue reading “Energy – The Hidden Waste”

Green Logistics – an environmental cause with an economic effect

All companies have a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), not only to their shareholders and stakeholders but to all of society in which they operate including the public and the global environment. More than ever companies are realising the need to take action to acknowledge how their operations affect and impact on the surrounding and globalContinue reading “Green Logistics – an environmental cause with an economic effect”

What is Postponed VAT accounting?

On the 1st January 2021, the UK will leave the EU VAT scheme. This means import VAT will be charged on all applicable import shipments entering the UK. What is Postponed VAT accounting? Postponed VAT accounting (PVA) is a new tax system being implemented within the UK. If your business is registered for VAT youContinue reading “What is Postponed VAT accounting?”

Are exoskeletons the future of warehousing?

This is the hybrid assistive limb, or HAL, exoskeleton and is the invention of the Japanese company Cyberdyne (yes, like in Terminator) that can be worn by anyone. It can be used to improve and augment the users natural strength and by physically impaired people to improve their mobility. The full suit provides additional supportContinue reading “Are exoskeletons the future of warehousing?”

What is an EORI Number?

As many UK and European companies prepare for the UK transition period to end, this has been one of the most googled questions lately. See the ‘What’ and ‘How’ below and, if you trade between the UK and EU, take action. What does EORI stand for? EORI is an acronym and stands for Economic Operator RegistrationContinue reading “What is an EORI Number?”

What is 7PL?

In the rapidly advancing logistics industry, party logistics (PL) services are continuing to evolve. Many customers are still just becoming familiar with 4PL and 5PL as workable supply chain solutions – let me introduce 7PL. 7PL, like 4PL, is a management service but it can also incorporate 3PL services. So it is in essence theContinue reading “What is 7PL?”