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Digitalisation in the supply chain – Better solutions made easier

By Kevin Rogers, Managing Director, Elanders UK

The COVID pandemic has resulted in much being written about the importance of a robust supply chain and how it is managed and controlled. In that context, what has the past 18 months taught us as consumers and as managers in the supply chain? Amongst many:

  • The need for greater supply chain resilience and the better use of data / technology.
  • The need for agility in both the design and execution of a supply chain solution.
  • Cost is important – but – is it all that is important?
  • Greater clarity on product segregation that we now buy – critical to have vs like to have. 

Progress and evolution of supply chain solutions will always keep happening – what worked yesterday will probably have to change and adapt to meet tomorrow’s needs. Keeping businesses fresh and on point, utilising the latest technology and data to support this constant evolution is now the norm. For businesses – this constant progression and development of solutions is a fundamental strategic requirement to be successful in the future.

As consumers, we have seen a rapid change in both what we buy, but more importantly how we buy the products and items we need. The prolific rise in the e-commerce and omni-channel retail use is also changing the business landscape. For retailers, who historically managed the direct customer interface and engagement in a physical shop, they now must pivot their customer experience to more of the on-line solution – where the actual physical interface and engagement is now via the supply chain solution and delivery.

E-commerce solutions though have their problems. As consumers, we become increasingly more defined on what items we now want and buy on-line, and it is easy to get frustrated and “dissatisfied” with the buying experience because of the lack of personalisation, engagement and communication that may happen during a sale. Where this is really visible though is in how returns are managed and processed from consumer back to the retailer. 

This is where the Elanders Supply Chain return product integrated platform can support. Using technology and data to make better informed decisions that benefit both the consumer and the retailer. 

  • For the consumer – how they feel the returns process is conducted and how they feel the interaction back with the retailer values them.
  • For the retailer – how it allows both a bespoke classification of the individual consumer and what return rules apply per individual and how each specific SKU is assessed for its e-commerce profitability and contribution.

Historically – many organisations had one business solution for all return’s management and interaction with the consumer. Today, there is now a single returns management platform and operational solution that is agile in its structure, adaptable in its scale and customisable in its interaction with individual consumer. The Elanders platform integrates the customer returns experience with the retailing profitability needs – data driven technology that makes a better solution for all and helps make life that little bit easier.

Elanders Supply Chain: Customer returns solutions – Reimagined. 

For further info please visit www.elanders.co.uk or contact addingvalue@elanders.com.

Supply Chains 2023 – A dramatic focus shift in business requirement

By Elanders

As global economies start to extract themselves out from the grip of COVID restrictions, with the need for businesses to continuously pivot and adapt to short term blockages and lockdowns, the role of the supply chain has rapidly moved up the Board level agendas.

The short-term impacts like rising container shipping costs on core routes; the Suez Canal blockage; compounded by more longer-term impacts like the rise in e-commerce and Trade relationship changes (like Brexit) – it looks like the future will be based on a platform of continuous change and challenge for many organisations.

Supply chains must adapt and adapt quickly. The relationship between customers, their supply chain and any partners used in that supply chain will no doubt change as the post COVID transition period continues.

So, what can all this mean for a supply chain solution? One word and solution covers the many possible outcomes, and that word is “agility”. Where in the past, a customer may have tried to functionally optimise specific individual supply chain elements in isolation, going forwards he will no doubt need to synchronise the complete supply chain process and solution.

Organisations that provide just a single service or capability may well struggle – ones that can offer customers multiple solution capabilities will be the ones that drive the agendas and growth. The rise in environmental and sustainability of a supply chain has also started to impact corporate decision making – where in the past supply chain solutions were maybe chosen on cost and capability, going forwards it could be about sustainability / environment and customer service solutions that drive the agendas.

Agility in design and agility in supply chain execution will require new relationships between supply chain parties – one based on true integration capability, flexibility in business relationship and a wide geographical coverage. Welcome to the Integrated agile supply chain partner.

The Elanders Group is already well on the way to supporting its customers with the integrated offer.  Today, we are already offering the integrated solution capability:

  • Designing environmentally friendly e-commerce packaging for products that are then managed through agile e-commerce solution hubs, using the latest technology. 
  • When the product has reached its end-of-life stage, Elanders offers a value recovery solution that feeds into the circular economy strategic objective.
  • Sustainable solutions; customer service raised via integrated supply chain visibility; depth in solution execution with breadth in solution capability; responsive without a large corporate noose; business focused with the agile financial backing.

An agile complete supply chain provider that has an integrated customer focused offer today. Elanders Group – meeting the supply chain business needs of 2023 – today.

For further info please visit Elanders website www.elanders.co.uk or contact us on addingvalue@elanders.com

Post Brexit Supply Chain execution – managing disruption, testing resilience

By Elanders

The supply chain operational challenges caused by Brexit, compounded with the COVID-19 pandemic, have really tested the effectiveness and resilience of some current supply chain solutions. Managing the extra customs documentation; working out now what UK operational supply chain solutions are best for an organisation, the cost of getting things wrong – these and more challenges are raising the importance today of effective and agile supply chain operations.

Many market surveys in recent weeks constantly seem to report back that supply chain solutions and effectiveness post Brexit have the strong possibility of impacting overall business performance. For some organisations post Brexit, maintaining the customer market promise and service support when things go wrong for some has been a massive challenge. What was thought to be an effective supply chain solution pre-Brexit (and COVID-19) – for some, has rapidly been exposed. Global economies and extended supply chains are now seriously being challenged and recreated:

  • Brexit itself has been a one-off challenge for organisations to understand, navigate and maintain business continuity in the short term. 
  • Brexit for many has now identified that today’s supply chain solution needs a complete rethink, with a revised strategy now required that has an agile operational solution behind it. 
  • Brexit may be a unique challenge to manage today – but supply chain change and disruption will be a constant part of every business’s focus from now on. 

Elanders UK Supply Chain solutions provide businesses with an alternative. Global coverage but delivered locally to the specific customer needs. Managing the post Brexit challenges on documentation, visibility and movements; working out for your business what the new storage strategy and the associated operational solution should now be all requires a combination of executional capability, practical experience and business partnership. 

Our bonded warehouse solutions in mainland Europe and in the UK with dedicated customs experts; our end-to-end global supply chain execution solutions – these all combine to support many leading global organisations create and maintain their post-Brexit supply chain operational solution for today’s needs – but we are also agile and innovative to meet tomorrow’s challenges. 

To find out more please visit www.elanders.co.uk/brexit-services/ or contact us at addingvalue@elanders.com.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: LGI End-to-end supply chain services

LGI, an Elanders Group owned company, offers global E2E solutions in supply chain management. LGI can take an overall responsibility for complex and global deliveries encompassing procurement, transportation, warehousing, configuration, production, pick/pack and distribution.

Our offer also includes e-commerce services, order management, payment solutions and after sales services for our clients. Elanders business concept is to be a global, strategic and long-term partner to its customers in their work to streamline and develop their business critical processes.

Contact LGI/Elanders today to find out more : kevin_rogers@lgi.de

https://www.elanders.com/

Elanders supporting fashion & lifestyle brands

By Elanders

If one thing fits like a glove, then it’s our tailor-made concepts in textile logistics for the Fashion & Lifestyle sector. A portfolio of global fashion services from Elanders Group ensures you receive integrated solutions from a single source. Our clients retain full control, from pre-production through to suppliers and all the way to the point of sale.

Our textile finishing services guarantees your products are looking their best, crease-free and spotlessly clean, for their big appearance at the end customer.  Fine feathers make fine birds – and we deliver your garments safely to their destination.

  • Picking of individual items
  • Quality control of goods incoming and outgoing (fit control, initial sample comparisons, AQL, processing & blocking station)
  • Packaging, repacking, shipping

Contact Elanders today to find out more : kevin.rogers@elanders.com

https://www.elanders.com/industries/fashion-lifestyle/

Value Recovery service – Generate 30% extra revenue from your old IT assets

Discover LGI’s unique IT Asset Value Recovery service. LGI, an Elanders Group owned company, offers a global service for IT Asset Value Recovery. Our business model compares the market to unlock the hidden value of IT assets and focuses on achieving the best price for our clients. 

We help companies increase the value of their old IT Assets, on average by up to 30%.  Our offer is completely transparent regarding market value.   We have a certified & secure supply chain for recovery of assets, data deletion and refurbishment.

We auction your assets to our trusted and certified IT re-furbishers.  When the value is assessed and accepted by you, we collect the assets, wipe all sensitive data and manage the transaction process.

Contact LGI/Elanders today to find out more : kevin_rogers@lgi.de

https://vr.elanders.com/

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Elanders E2E solutions

Elanders offers global E2E solutions in supply chain management. Elanders can take an overall responsibility for complex and global deliveries encompassing procurement, transportation, warehousing, configuration, production, pick/pack and distribution. 

Our offer also includes e-commerce services, order management, payment solutions and after sales services for our clients.

Elanders business concept is to be a global, strategic and long-term partner to its customers in their work to streamline and develop their business critical processes.

https://www.elanders.com/

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Elanders electronics

The market for electronics is growing dramatically. Consumption is on the rise because of a growing middle class and the fact that prices for home electronics have dropped in the last few years.

The electronics industry is generally characterized by sensitive technology that requires special treatment and infrastructure in order to protect fragile units and instruments.

Handling returns, recycling and the reuse of products are becoming increasingly important in supply chain management.

Electronics is one of our largest customer segments. We have continually developed our offer in recent years to include services like quality control, assembly, installation, after-sales market, repairs and recycling/reuse of electronics in our Value Recovery Services.

Contact Elanders today to find out more : kevin.rogers@elanders.com

https://www.elanders.com/industries/electronics/

Elanders supply chain supporting high-profile brands in Fashion & Lifestyle

By Elanders

If one thing fits like a glove, then it’s our tailor-made concepts in textile logistics for the Fashion & Life Style sector. 

A portfolio of global fashion services from Elanders Group ensures you receive integrated solutions from a single source.  Our clients retain full control, from pre-production through to suppliers and all the way to the point of sale.

Our textile finishing services guarantees your products are looking their best, crease-free and spotlessly clean, for their big appearance at the end customer.  Fine feathers make fine birds – and we deliver your garments safely to their destination.

·  Picking of individual items

·  Quality control of goods incoming and outgoing (fit control, initial sample comparisons, AQL, processing & blocking station)

·  Packaging, repacking, shipping

Contact Elanders today to find out more : kevin.rogers@elanders.com

Alternatively, visit: https://www.elanders.com/industries/fashion-lifestyle/

Elanders Value Recovery service – Generate 30% extra revenue from your old IT assets

By Elanders

Discover Elanders’ unique IT Asset Value Recovery service. Our innovative software solution compares the market to unlock the hidden value of IT assets and achieves the best price for our clients. 

We help companies increase the value of their old IT Assets by up to 30%.  Elanders’ offer is completely transparent regarding market value. We have a certified & secure supply chain for recovery of assets, data deletion and refurbishment.

We auction your assets to our trusted and certified IT re-furbishers.  When the value is assessed and accepted by you, we collect the assets, wipe all sensitive data and manage the transaction process.

Contact Elanders today to find out more : info@elanders.com

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