Richard Ludlam

The energy crisis and supply chain disruption

by Richard Ludlam

In recent months, the cost of energy for manufacturing and process companies has risen significantly.  As recently as April, the cost of gas per therm, which had been stable for some time, was under £0.50; by October, however, the cost had jumped to over £2.50 per therm.  That’s a staggering 400% increase in gas prices in just six months; a similar, although not quite so dramatic, situation is now taking place with oil prices, which have topped $80 a barrel for the first time in three years.

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Engineering the perfect working environment

by Richard Ludlam

The speed with which customer orders can be fulfilled is an essential criterion when measuring the success of most warehouse operations.  What is often overlooked, especially in major retail warehouses, is the impact that this can have on staff.  Many of them walk ten or more miles every day, are expected to meet tough pick/hour targets and often have to work in conditions that are generally considered as being far from ideal.

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How we’re building an industrial-strength customer experience

by Richard Ludlam

We live in a world where goods and services are rapidly becoming commoditised. From mobile phones, computer software and banking to industrial equipment nand components, it's increasingly difficult for consumers to identify clear points of differentiation between products from different suppliers.

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Strengthening the industrial supply chain: The route to 100% pick accuracy

by Richard Ludlam

Pick accuracy – the ability to ensure that every part or product delivered is exactly as ordered by the customer – is a term that’s widely applied throughout the logistics sector.

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Digitising the industrial supply chain

by Richard Ludlam

Industry 4.0 (I4.0) was first introduced as long ago as 2011 by a group of industrialists, business-people, politicians and academics with the goal of helping the German manufacturing sector become more competitive.  The official launch of the concept was at Hannover Messe that same year. 

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Power is Knowledge: Virtually improving your skillset

by Richard Ludlam

Every year we grow even more complacent with our skillsets and expertise, in fact, the average skilled person with 20 years’ experience is several years behind in skill despite years of training and qualifications achieved.

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Industrial supply chain: the need for speed

by Richard Ludlam

We’re living in a 24/7, always-on world.  A world where we expect and want everything now.  Many of us have become conditioned by the Amazon model, especially if we subscribe to Amazon Prime where we can manage and track our transaction online and next – or even same – day delivery is the norm.

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Fulfilment Centre of Expertise - exploring the anatomy of a 21st century supply chain...

by Richard Ludlam

In normal times, the subject of industrial supply chains is unlikely to set pulses racing.  But we’re no longer living in normal times...

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Tie the knot with ERIKS SupplyPartner Programme

by Richard Ludlam

Best-Selling American author, John. C. Maxwell once wrote “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – and at ERIKS Industrial Services we truly believe that by working together, we can achieve great things.

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Brexit: predictable uncertainty. How we’re working with customers to manage the challenges of Brexit

by Richard Ludlam

After four years of uncertainty, we have now moved to a position where the terms of the future relationship with our largest trading partner are becoming clearer.  However, the devil, as the saying goes, is in the detail; much of this still remains to be worked out if we’re to return to anything close to the seamless and business-friendly model that we’ve enjoyed for the last 40 years.

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