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Centre of gravity for warehouse location – try the working model

June 8th, 2011 | By: Martin Arrand

I’ve just posted up a development version of a centre of gravity model for distribution centre location. It uses Google Maps, and it is really easy to use, and completely free. Try it here now. I regard it as a “toy” application, but I’m surprised how usable it is (down to the familiar Google interface […]

LOG: Logistics Operations Guide for humanitarian logisticians

August 3rd, 2010 | By: Martin Arrand

Here is something very useful for humanitarian logisticians: the Logistics Operations Guide, or LOG for short, brought to you by the Logistics Cluster. But not only is it useful for those in the humanitarian sector, it is an excellent model for the clear communication of logistics know-how: succint, practical and well-referenced. Click here to go […]

Office muda on YouTube

April 24th, 2009 | By: Martin Arrand

It’s a classic technique: follow an order from receipt to fulfilment. Shapiro, Rangan and Sviokla wrote an influential article on the subject in HBR in 1992 (Staple yourself to an order). Now, with more humour, a YouTube version. An outfit called Business Process Excellence in the US have posted an 8 minute animation on the […]

Define “Supply Chain Management”…

April 23rd, 2009 | By: Martin Arrand

Here’s a great set of half a dozen slides that does just that. The use of freely available images is very neat, and the definition is concise but descriptive. Thanks to my colleague Paul James who made this available via his Linkedin page. Paul acknowledges his sources (a textbook I couldn’t track down – Ganesham […]

Free Excel files for Six Sigma and business statistics

November 13th, 2008 | By: Martin Arrand

I enjoy making useful things freely available on Supply Chain View, so it’s good to find other people doing the same thing. There are 57 useful business statistics Excel files to download from the McGraw Hill website (to accompany the book Complete Business Statistics by Aczel and Sounderpandian). Among others, there are calculations for testing […]

Inventory managagement 101 – How reorder point control works

November 12th, 2008 | By: Martin Arrand

This is basic stuff, but as usual there is a lack of clear and concise explanations of this on the web. It is also very important, as most methods of inventory control can be reexpressed as some form of reorder point method. Hence this simple introduction. I have also prepared a Reference Sheet that summarises […]

50 ways to make your warehouse seem bigger

November 8th, 2008 | By: Martin Arrand

There’s a commercial profile of Aricia Limited in this month’s Logistics and Transport Focus – I’d not heard of them, but it appears to be a micro-consultancy in the supply chain field, run by Kirsten Tisdale who wrote the Focus article. Kirsten’s website has a one-page document available to download entitled 50 ways to make […]

Storage capacity calculator – try it out

August 14th, 2007 | By: Martin Arrand

I have added a permanent page containing a storage capacity calculator that I have put together. This little widget is based on something I knocked up years ago to aid warehouse planning and design. Please follow the link under the site banner or click here for the storage capacity calculator.

Wallace Hopp’s Supply Chain Science NO LONGER available as free download (sorry)

July 20th, 2007 | By: Martin Arrand

UPDATE 20/03/08: Since I wrote this post, Hopp has published a print version of the book with McGraw-Hill and moved from Northwestern to the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. As a result, the download that was available free from the Northwestern website is no longer available. Apologies to anyone who has […]

Online summary of Taiichi Ohno’s Gemba Keiei

April 20th, 2007 | By: Martin Arrand

This has been on the web for some time but I’ve only just come across it. Gemba Panta Rei is a Lean weblog that consultants Gemba have been posting since 2003. Gemba’s press are about to publish a translation of Taiichi Ohno’s Gemba Keiei, or Workplace Management. This is one of the three books he […]