SMEs have the advantage when it comes to logistics

Black Friday and Christmas both epitomize the importance of logistics and the supply chain to companies wanting to keep ever more demanding customers content. To keep shelves stacked and meet same or next-day delivery obligations, businesses are having to work with an ever-increasing range of specialists who have managed to identify and fill a niche.

This ability to see the opportunities in gaps left by the huge players puts SMEs in an advantageous position according to Richard Wilding, professor of supply chain strategy at the Cranfield School of Management, and chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.


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Could overnight deliveries be the solution to traffic congestion?

You’ve seen the large trucks double parked, blocking travel lanes — or taking up precious parking spaces — while making their deliveries. It happens daily downtown, often at the height of the morning rush hour.

Now federal transportation officials are looking for a solution to get the delivery trucks blamed for clogging the roads off the streets during the busiest hours of the day.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a pilot program to encourage overnight deliveries in an effort to relieve congestion on city streets. The District started experimenting with this idea last spring, also hoping to reduce congestion downtown and in other busy corridors.

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