Why robots aren’t packing much yet

Robots are getting great at picking things up but not yet so great at putting them down… My role involves helping clients sort through emerging technology applied to the supply chain space. A lot of my work these days is focused on robots. While robots from companies like Invia, ...

Crimson & Co sponsors MODEX 2020 event, Atlanta

In no time in my 30-year career has there been more innovation fighting to get into our mature but reliable supply chains. The MODEX show in Atlanta was a great way to see some of this in action and more importantly to talk to people who are developing it, using it, and assessing it. It’s

One-number forecasting

Simon Clarke examines the challenges and potential approaches that promote alignment of different functional groups in forecasting. Previously, I shared the importance of being clear about the purpose of the forecast and ensuring it aligns with the organisational mission. In this ...

Forecasting with a purpose – context is crucial

In Simon’s previous article he shared some of the typical areas where forecasting opportunities can be found. Before taking a deeper dive into what these are, and what to do about them, it is important to first take a moment to reflect on the purpose of a forecast. A forecast ...

Future imperfect: why forecasting still matters and what we can do to improve

For several decades’ companies have attempted to optimize procurement, manufacturing, inventory and distribution decisions using forecasts. Despite significant investments in the development of people and technology capability, results have been disappointing. In one of the few ...

Assessing flow management to increase capacity

As supply chain leaders continue to look to improve costs and agility in their operations and networks, there may be an untapped solution right under the surface of existing business practices: flow management. Flow management can unlock additional throughput and capacity in existing ...

Why supply chain planning matters

It seems like almost every day that we hear of an emerging development in the global trade environment, whether it be the fallout of US-China trade talks, United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) or Brexit. This is, however, only one of the key trends that is affecting the supply ...

The Ecommerce Operations Summit 2019: Summary & Sessions

The summit at a glance This year’s Ecommerce Operations Summit  three day event held April 9–11, 2019 in Columbus, OH. Joining me on the trip was Consultant Rachel Patel. There were several learning events offsite; where I spoke at a roundtable (Robotic Choices for the Warehouse: From ...

Annual SDI Executive Leadership Forum (SELF19)

Annual SDI Executive Leadership Forum (SELF19) At this year’s SDI Executive Leadership Forum, Bob Oullette  co-presented with Carter’s Peter Kok, VP Global Supply Chain Management in Las Vegas. They discussed a proven approach for eCommerce organisations to use when  preparing a ...

Peak season 2019: The key stages and implementation steps to consider

Part 1: Operational assessment It is mid-February and there is one thing our consultants know happens every year: companies around the world are finishing up their analysis regarding how they performed during peak season 2018, because we all know a peak season can be 30-50% of your ...

Using RPA to refocus teams on added value tasks

Robotic Process Automation in the supply chain: why and how to engage in an RPA process? A study carried out by two Oxford University researchers has shown that 47% of American jobs are liable to be replaced by computers or robots. Among the 702 jobs in the study, several supply chain ...

Emerging trends in supply chain

Crimson & Co Mumbai recently hosted an event on ‘Emerging trends in supply chain’. Consultants from our US, UK, France, India, Singapore and Australia offices were all in attendance with a range of topics shared over the event. Jon Gibson, Associate Director, Crimson & Co UK ...

Crimson & Co and Argon Consulting are merging to create a leading international consulting firm that specialises in operations transformation

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Crimson & Co North America: two weeks, two events

Crimson & Co North America have had an exciting couple of weeks exhibiting at two events across America. MODEX 2018 conference took place at The Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, where the focus was ‘The foolproof way to futureproof your business’, looking at next-generation ...

Real time labor balancing and other new warehouse software features that matter

Article by Steve Mulaik, Crimson & Co North America. I have been doing WMS selection projects and watching the WMS space for almost 30 years. Alas it is like watching the grass grow. Change happens slowly. However, I just got a copy of our internal 2017 review of the WMS ...

The Progress Group becomes Crimson & Co North America

Crimson & Co, the global management consultancy, is delighted to announce that its partner in the US, The Progress Group (TPG), has today become Crimson & Co North America. This allows the company to extend its services to its US-based clients, working with them to transform ...

Businesses must prepare for a world Trumped for trade

President Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric at his Presidential inauguration and his subsequent withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) herald a period where the progress of free trade could well grind to a halt. Businesses with extensive supply chains should therefore ...

The business benefits of APS systems – as clear as ABC

Businesses are tying up working capital and limiting improvements to service levels by relying on dated planning tools which simply can’t account for the complex decisions and trade-offs in today’s supply chains, according to research carried out by global supply chain consultancy ...

Crowd Engineering Gets the Job Done Better

Lately, we’ve been fielding lots of questions about employee turnover rates and warehouse associates’ pay rates, especially after a peak holiday season when competition for labour was at an all time level of frustration – unfilled positions and low retention. Wage pressure and ...

Warehouse Automation: The Pros and Cons

When companies contact consulting firms to help expand their distribution capacities, it is often specifically to help with Warehouse Automation. They are looking for assistance with their processes–whether for design, implementation or both. It is an inherent assumption that, once ...

Nearly a third of all supply chain processes are inadequate

Poor processes are arguably the biggest issue preventing supply chain executives from transforming performance. This is according to research from global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co. The most striking discovery is that 29% of supply chain processes are deficient. This ...

Lean and Green: Implementing Green Initiatives

Lean initiatives often include reducing one’s energy consumption, sometimes referred to as being “Green.” Being ‘green’ is a ubiquitous term to many. What does it mean? How does one know?..

Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail Training

Every so often we’re asked to train Microsoft partners/retailers who install Dynamics AX in the nuances of retail warehousing. Crimson & Co USA has the skills needed to provide training on the Microsoft Dynamics AX warehouse management system..

Crimson & Co Academy

Crimson & Co recently held its annual supply chain academy, dedicated to sharing worldwide best practice across the end to end supply chain. The Academy brought together consultants from Crimson & Co’s offices in London, Atlanta, Melbourne, Mumbai and Singapore with a focus on ...

Crimson & Co drives global expansion of its supply chain consulting expertise

Two successful consultancies join Crimson & Co and a new office is opened in Asia, doubling the existing global footprint. Global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co has extended its footprint in North America, Australia and Asia so that it can guarantee its clients the same ...

Software solutions don’t guarantee effective forecasting

Crimson and Co are pleased to announce Director, Crispin Mair’s comments on forecasting in Logistics Business IT and Bdaily. Effective forecasting is essential for organisations trying to reconcile excellent customer service with high supply chain efficiency and provide a solid ...

Crimson & Co launches updated supply chain excellence book

Crimson & Co has launched a substantially updated version of its successful scprime® book, covering the journey to supply chain excellence. It provides practical guidance and insight when developing supply chain processes or identifying and improving people capabilities. The ...