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Read More about Hatmill supports the Greggs Foundation in providing free breakfasts

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Hatmill supports the Greggs Foundation in providing free breakfasts

Hatmill is proud to announce a partnership with the Greggs Foundation to provide free breakfasts to a number of pupils at Casterton Primary Academy in Burnley. This healthy, nutritious start […]

Read More about Hatmill supports Burnley and Pendle Young Carers Christmas appeal

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Hatmill supports Burnley and Pendle Young Carers Christmas appeal

Hatmill, the employee-owned supply chain and logistics consultancy, has supported the Burnley Young Carers Christmas appeal. Earlier this year, the Hatmill team completed the 22-mile Chatsworth Challenge walk, raising over £2500 to buy Christmas gifts […]

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 Hatmill founder shortlisted for the IoD Awards

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Hatmill founder shortlisted for the IoD Awards

Simon Dixon, the founder of Hatmill has been shortlisted for The Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Awards 2021 for Yorkshire and the North East. 

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 Highly commended in the Medilink Healthcare Business Awards 2021

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Highly commended in the Medilink Healthcare Business Awards 2021

Simon Dixon, the founder of Hatmill has been shortlisted for The Institute of Directors (IoD) Director of the Year Awards 2021 for Yorkshire and the North East. 

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 Hatmill becomes employee-owned

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Hatmill becomes employee-owned

Hatmill has become an employee-owned business. The founder of Hatmill, Simon Dixon, has transferred 100% of shares to an Employee-owned Trust (EOT) for the benefit of employees.

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 Are you ready for a No Deal Brexit? Webinar by ILG

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Are you ready for a No Deal Brexit? Webinar by ILG

On Thursday 10th September, Hatmill’s Simon Dixon joined the ILG webinar to discuss the main areas of concern as the 31st December approaches.

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 Supply Chain Webinar with Proxima

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Supply Chain Webinar with Proxima

Watch a replay of the insightful webinar hosted by Hatmill & Proxima on the topic of building a modern playbook for supply chain and logistics stardom.

Read More about A Guide to Warehouse Automation Technology

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A Guide to Warehouse Automation Technology

Our experience in warehouse automation projects delivery and implementation means we’ve developed an in-depth understanding of the various warehouse automation technologies available. We can help you navigate the options to […]

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…

Read More about Beating Peak Fatigue – Preparing Supply Chains

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Beating Peak Fatigue – Preparing Supply Chains

Preparing your supply chain operations for the next high-intensity trading season – A Step-by-Step Guide to Post-Peak Recovery

Read More about Logistics Automation – A Guide for the Savvy Supply Chain Director

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Logistics Automation – A Guide for the Savvy Supply Chain Director

The adoption of automation technology in logistics is on the rise. Our guide will help you consider if automation is the right solution for your warehouse.

Read More about How Much Does Demand Planning Cost?

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How Much Does Demand Planning Cost?

You’re keen to reduce the number of lost sales and excess stock, and unlock precious working capital. But, what does demand planning cost? And what are your options?