Premier Foods “pay-to-stay” policy

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Laura Kuenssberg report on BBC Newsnight 5/12/2014 on Premier Foods asking suppliers for payments to stay as listed vendors. In retailing there is an argument for payments to be listed as a supplier because of shared…

Heartbleed

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The OpenSSL project describes itself as “a collaborative effort to develop a robust, commercial-grade, full-featured, and Open Source toolkit implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols as well as…

Results

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Today was the end of year exam board for undergraduate courses. This involves the careful and relentless examination of anonymised excel spreadsheets, only enlivened by the more outre courses taken by students on joint degrees. Who…

Lean in Public Services

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“Lean” methods are now being applied in operations way beyond the concept’s roots in manufacturing industries.  Barton describes in his conference paper “‘Lean’ policing: Initial findings from a study of 5 UK police forces” how Lean…

Nate Silver’s “Signal and the Noise”

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Nate Silver is famous for the accuracy of his predictions of US election results. His book The Signal and the Noise addresses prediction methods across a very wide front to develop his core arguments: that forecasts…

Randomised Control Trials in Operations

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I was reminded by Ben Goldacre’s excellent erudite discussion on Radio 4 last week on the role of randomised control trials (RCT) in the development of public policy that the importance of RCTs in operations management…

Fulfillment: Amazon’s Operations

Amazon Fulfilment Centre near Swansea south Wales opens its doors to the media during their pre-Christmas order rush

Earlier in the year we had a fascinating talk to our MBA class from John Abate of Amazon in Dunfermline. A long time ago I was involved in developing control systems for distribution systems and the…