07 Aug 2017

Abject Normality

I was talking with my brother-in-law about one of the Rugby League Challenge Cup matches and he used a wonderful phrase about the performance of one of the teams – abject normality.

07 Jul 2017


Sitting in an airport lounge recently, taking a libation to stave off dehydration, I found a seat near a group of lads clearly on their way to a Stag do somewhere. They were having a great time, mainly making fun of the groom-to-be.

06 Jun 2017

Getting Married

What a stupid thing to do. You take two disparate entities, from entirely different backgrounds, with completely different ways of communicating and shove them together. What could possibly go wrong?

19 Apr 2017

Call the Midwife

Some uneducated people seem to think that the most intense emotional event that one can experience is the birth of a child. These people have obviously never been through a warehouse system go-live. The birth of a new system is always intense and you always remember the people you have around you when the great moment arrives.

13 Mar 2017

Trench Warfare

About 100 years ago, some stupid old men, a bit like me, decided that some small bits of France and Belgium were worth fighting over. Huge amounts of effort, planning, time, equipment and, unfortunately, lives were expended to move the boundary between two huge masses a few metres either way. Some people think that such foolishness was the product of the early 20th century, but let me tell you that the same nonsense and muddled thinking is happening right here, right now and in the warehousing world.

22 Feb 2017

I hate Excel

At the risk of alienating one of the great global corporations and many of their customers, I hate Excel.

I hate Excel because people use it for the wrong job, particularly in the warehouse environment for reporting.

08 Feb 2017

Are your production devices talking back? They should be!

There’s the obvious benefits for connecting your production line devices to SAP. You can control them from a central point. SAP does the work of selecting which label template you need. And, you can send data to them at the touch of a button, instead of having an operator manually keying in data into every individual machine. But all that communication is very one-way. And we all know in any good relationship, communication needs to be a two-way process. So, what might your devices be wanting to tell you?

24 Jan 2017

Is 2017 the year of RFID (again)?

Without wishing to reveal how long I’ve been in this industry, I’ve been hearing the phrase “this is the year of RFID” for at least 15 years. But it’s never quite taken off like everyone has been expecting.
RFID is pretty cool technology and given the right application it can solve a lot of business challenges, so what’s stopping everyone from getting on board?