Logistics concepts (articles)

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The "bullwhip effect" in the supply chain

The "bullwhip effect" in the supply chain

The bullwhip effect is a well-known phenomenon in logistics and refers to the large imbalances that can occur between the consumers’ real demand and the demand of the intermediaries who take part in the supply chain, affecting both the stock on the metal racks at the points of sale and the storage in the large palletised warehouses at the distribution centres.

Metal racking and traceability: 40 years of barcodes

Metal racking and traceability: 40 years of barcodes

Logistics is living a period when e-commerce, globalisation and the economy of scale are revolutionising all the different phases in the supply chain, with more and more severe productivity demands in the warehouses, which implies having to resort to a wide range of metal racking systems, automated warehouses and semi-automated picking and handling systems. But all this would not have evolved into what it is today if four decades ago modern tracking and traceability had not been born with the introduction of barcodes.

Metal racking and the “Long Tail” phenomenon

Metal racking and the “Long Tail” phenomenon

During the last few years, the market and business models have undergone great changes due to the growth of electronic commerce, gradual optimizations of storage costs and distribution and a greater efficiency in urban logistics; all of this partly due to the application of the new technologies to logistics, automated warehouses, semi-automated handling systems and the modernisation of metal racking.

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