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Queen of the Road

Queen of the Road

In recent years the logistics and transport industry has begun to make strides in diversity and inclusion and in particular attracting more women to the sector. This has been especially important during times of growing skills shortages and lack of HGV drivers. ...

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What have we been up to in 2022?

What have we been up to in 2022?

Here we take a look at some of the highlights for The NX Group over the last year. Q1 The first part of the year saw a huge increase in the stock holding requirements of some key customers, impacted by the unprecedented costs of container shipping and the post covid...

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SWAPPING 18 WHEELS FOR TWO

SWAPPING 18 WHEELS FOR TWO

Local logistics consultant prepares for 600km charity cycle ride across Malawi Dave Howorth, non-exec director at Daventry-based logistics firm The NX Group, is preparing to take part in his fourth Cycle Challenge across southern Malawi to raise money for transport...

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NX scores again at the King Power Stadium

NX scores again at the King Power Stadium

The NX Group has once again secured their Executive Box for the upcoming 2022/2023 Premier League season. The company has had a presence at Leicester City’s King Power stadium for a number of years now, on and off the pitch. With exclusive use, the Executive Box...

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Amazon FBA

Amazon FBA

The introduction of Fulfilment by Amazon enables sellers to take advantages of the economies of scale achievable in an Amazon Fulfilment Centre. Instead of the seller dispatching each parcel to individual customers, they send a given number to their designated…

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Business Lessons

Business Lessons

Has anything happened in the last year to change the public perception of the product or service your company provides? How should your business plan or mission statement change compared to last year? Companies and organisations should be looking back to 2016 and…

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Product Life Cycle

Product Life Cycle

When your business works with products, there is a product life cycle that needs to be observed in order to maximise the efficiency of the supply chain operation. Many brands have lost money and integrity because of having too much inventory at a time…

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Distribution Centres

Distribution Centres

The Midlands is home to several distribution centres, which serve as logistics hubs for UK retailers. As well as third party logistics companies that provide warehousing and transport solutions, the large retailers themselves have a supply chain base in central England. The big…

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The Value of the Pound

The Value of the Pound

The dramatic fall in the value of the pound is the hot topic in UK economics. In June 2016, £1 was worth $1.37, but four months later it is worth $1.23. This may just seem like a few pence, but 10% is pretty significant. It is broadly being called the ‘Brexit effect’, and it stems from…

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Midlands Engine

Midlands Engine

Birmingham’s industrial progress has not caught the headlines in the way that Greater Manchester has in the last 5 years, so what opportunities are out there for the development of England’s second city? Midlands Engine describes a commitment to building economic and industrial…

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Q4 2016: Peak Season

Q4 2016: Peak Season

The final part of the calendar year, also known in shorthand as Q4 2016, is the most important season for the majority of businesses in the UK. Between October and December businesses of all shapes and sizes are preparing for the final 5 weeks before Christmas, when consumption…

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5 Job Interview Tips

5 Job Interview Tips

Job interviews or other one-to-one situations are famous for bringing out people’s nervous traits. In this article we look at a few job interview tips for when that dreaded day comes. It may seem obvious to most of us, but you must dress smartly…

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Dropshipping

Dropshipping

There are some companies that might fulfil your order directly to your customer without the need for you to handle it. This is dropshipping. You pass your order onto the mug dropshipper and they despatch the order with whatever labelling and packaging…

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Amazon Dash – Tech for Tech’s Sake?

Amazon Dash – Tech for Tech’s Sake?

Amazon Dash is a wifi-enabled button that can be used to quickly reorder items. When it was introduced in America on 31st March 2015, many assumed it was an April Fools joke, but after 18 months it is now available in the UK. A phenomenon known as the ‘Internet of Things’…

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Zero Hour Contracts

Zero Hour Contracts

The logistics industry is characteristic in its reliance on agency staff, some of which are on what is known as zero hour contracts. A zero hours contract is when an employer or agency does not offer a guaranteed minimum number of hours per week….

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Sustainable Supply Chain

Sustainable Supply Chain

Many companies are looking to the future of their logistics practices in order to achieve a more sustainable supply chain.
There are several benefits to a proactive environmental policy. On the face of it, the main benefit would be to the environment..

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The Big Four Supermarkets

The Big Four Supermarkets

Grocery sales in the UK are dominated by Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons; known as the Big Four supermarkets. Whenever one of these companies publishes any significant financial updates, the national media gives it heavy coverage because of the impact…

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How Important is Business Insurance?

How Important is Business Insurance?

For many companies a good business insurance policy is essential, if not legally mandatory. But is it just something that costs money and brings you nothing in return? Any working environment that involves contact with people needs a policy which covers…

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British Imports

British Imports

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland imported $663billion of products and materials in 2014, the last full year of available records. When compared with $472billion of exports, this represents a trade deficit of almost $200billion…

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Free Images for Commercial Use

Free Images for Commercial Use

Any user of social media will have noticed that it is tweets with images that get the most views and interactions. Reading an article or blog post without pictures can feel like climbing a mountain, whereas having an attractive image…

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The 80/20 Rule

The 80/20 Rule

The Pareto Principle, more commonly known as the 80/20 Rule, makes the claim that 80% of outcomes are the result of 20% of the causes. This is probably most apparent in terms of distribution of wealth, for example 80% of the income in a typical society is…

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What would happen after Brexit?

What would happen after Brexit?

Next week the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland votes in a referendum to decide whether to stay in the European Union or leave. The major issue with the Leave campaign is that we don’t know what would happen after Brexit. The representatives…

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Prepare for Black Friday

Prepare for Black Friday

Most businesses that handle physical products are aware of one or more peak trading periods in the year. For most retailers, the 6 weeks leading up to Christmas is the most concentrated sales period. Aside from gifts, there are lots of parties and…

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What is Rework?

What is Rework?

Sometimes a retailer or distributor will ask their suppliers to put their stock into a different format, in order to aid identification or handling. This can be something as simple as adding an extra label, or in some cases, removing items from one box and putting…

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The Business of Sport

The Business of Sport

In the week that the European Championships kicks off in France, let’s have a look at how sporting events can affect local and global business. The business of sport can be described in as direct terms as tourism local to the event, but it can also extend to the wider….

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What is Operation Stack?

What is Operation Stack?

Operation Stack is an emergency measure by Kent Police to manage the build-up of heavy goods vehicles on the M20 when services across the English Channel are disrupted. These disruptions could be from extreme weather, hazardous conditions (such as fire) at the Port of Dover…

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French Blockades: France’s Fuel Shortage

French Blockades: France’s Fuel Shortage

Petrol filling stations across France have been closing after Oil workers blockaded most of France’s oil depots, effectively cutting off supplies of fuel. This is in response to planned changes in the local employment laws by French Employment Minister Mariam El Khomri…

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Brand Synergy

Brand Synergy

Companies that engage well with the community enjoy a higher market position. One way to burnish the corporate identity is to associate the brand with charities, football clubs or local organisations. It can be very useful in managing the image of the company…

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Pricing Ethics

Pricing Ethics

Most shoppers look for the best value they can find, and this often means choosing the retail-pricing cheapest option. However, a few pence off the retail price can have huge ramifications further down the supply chain…

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Evolution of Online Retail

Evolution of Online Retail

Since the turn of the century, consumer behaviour has been steadily changing in favour of online shopping. Before the advent and popularisation of the Internet, distance selling had come in the form of catalogues and offers in newspapers. Mail Order still exists, but the…

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