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Read More about Change is a Constant – speaking at the UKWA conference

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Change is a Constant – speaking at the UKWA conference

Linzi Parry, Hatmill’s change and transformation expert was asked to moderate the panel session ‘Change is a Constant’ at the recent UKWA Conference. Panellists included: Adam Jones, Carlton Forest Group […]

Read More about 5S and the warehouse: a practical 5S approach to deliver a best-in-class operating warehouse and workplace

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5S and the warehouse: a practical 5S approach to deliver a best-in-class operating warehouse and workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has put significant pressure on supply chains – forcing organisations to reassess their warehouse and estate strategy to meet unprecedented demand. Ensuring a world class warehouse […]

Read More about Warehouse automation – getting it right

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Warehouse automation – getting it right

Covid & Brexit are exacerbating labour shortages, companies are looking to automation as an answer

Read More about Taking your people with you: Manage change to accelerate ROI on supply chain and logistics automation

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Taking your people with you: Manage change to accelerate ROI on supply chain and logistics automation

Adapting your supply chain to meet current challenges and be fit for the future is a significant investment; don’t let the change overwhelm your teams.  

Read More about Flow Rooms: Getting More From Warehouse Automation

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Flow Rooms: Getting More From Warehouse Automation

A high performing flow room brings rigour and confidence to all aspects of warehouse operations. 

Read More about Ask the expert: Building resilience in supply chains

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Ask the expert: Building resilience in supply chains

Simon Dixon, CEO of Hatmill, looks at how to adapt supply chains and warehouse operations to build resilience in the wake of Covid and Brexit.  

Read More about Don’t plan warehouse automation in a silo – automation touches every part of your organisation

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Don’t plan warehouse automation in a silo – automation touches every part of your organisation

When you’re thinking about automating your warehouse or supply chain, you’re impacting every part of your organisation, says Terry Murphy, consultant at Hatmill.

Read More about Greener Transport Logistics: 10 things to think about when making your transport logistics operation carbon neutral

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Greener Transport Logistics: 10 things to think about when making your transport logistics operation carbon neutral

Climate Change has been at the forefront of the conversation about transportation and logistics for some time. Change is coming and we all need to be ready for it. With […]

Read More about In 2021 flexibility is the key to solving supply chain challenges

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In 2021 flexibility is the key to solving supply chain challenges

In conversation with procurement consultancy firm Proxima, Hatmill’s founder Simon Dixon discusses how supply chain challenges posed by COVID-19 and Brexit will continue into 2021. Embracing technology and automation, and […]

Read More about How do organisations approach demand forecasting?

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How do organisations approach demand forecasting?

A few weeks ago, we published a series of LinkedIn polls to discover more about how organisations approached their demand forecasting.

Read More about Pop-up warehousing – creating online shopping fulfilment capacity, and fast

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Pop-up warehousing – creating online shopping fulfilment capacity, and fast

Traditionally supply chains require large budgets and take time to build capacity, but online shopping demands are here with us now. Is this a short-term phenomenon or an emerging trend? […]

Read More about M5 – are we forecasting for forecasting sake?

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M5 – are we forecasting for forecasting sake?

Can we apply outcomes from the M5 forecasting competition to real world supply chains?

Read More about Challenging, rewarding, defying the impossible: Building a supply chain network to deliver PPE to the front line.

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Challenging, rewarding, defying the impossible: Building a supply chain network to deliver PPE to the front line.

I’ve just finished a 14-week spell working to build a network to deliver #PPE to the @NHS. I can honestly say it was the hardest yet most rewarding job I […]

Read More about Preparing Your Supply Chains for the Logistics of Brexit

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Preparing Your Supply Chains for the Logistics of Brexit

With many businesses still reeling from the impact of COVID 19 on their supply chains and their business, there’s another major wave coming on the horizon – Brexit.

Read More about Demand Forecasting after COVID Lockdown

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Demand Forecasting after COVID Lockdown

Supply chain forum, the Intent Group, held a Covid huddle on managing demand & supply as we move into the next phase of the pandemic and towards a “new normal”. […]

Read More about When Lockdowns End: Preparing to Remobilise Your Supply Chain

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When Lockdowns End: Preparing to Remobilise Your Supply Chain

There’s no doubt that businesses large and small have been reeling from the impact of COVID-19 and trying to manage the impact on their business. Many are now turning their […]

Read More about Forecasting demand post COVID? 3 things management teams should do

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Forecasting demand post COVID? 3 things management teams should do

Being prepared for life post lockdown is where forecasting becomes paramount. A few connections have been asking me “How can you forecast COVID19?”. And there’s one simple answer: “You can’t!” […]

Read More about What is Demand Forecasting? And other common forecasting questions

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What is Demand Forecasting? And other common forecasting questions

Why forecast demand? How? And what’s the difference between forecasting and planning? Your questions answered…