Critical Issues Manufacturing/Supply Chain

Critical issues are thought provoking articles relating to strategy, legislation, technology, best practice and some of the most challenging business topics in the world of manufacturing and supply chain information technology. The articles in this section have been contributed by leading vendors, industry leaders, research analysts, trade associations and consultancies. 

 

This collection of articles cover a variety of topics relating to the manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, transportation and distribution marketplace across Europe. They look at market trends, improvements in technology and some thought provoking comment on all aspects of optimising and improving efficiencies throughout the supply chain from raw material to finished product.

 

Other important topics covered in this section concern Health and Safety in Logistics with articles from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).Taxation, government policy, climate change, recruitment and training schemes are all covered, as well as educational opportunities at various UK logistics educational facilities such at Cranfield University

 

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CBI comments on Government manufacturing funding package

CBI comments on Government manufacturing funding package

Commenting on the Government's announced 170 million manufacturing package, Dr Tim Bradshaw, CBI Head of Innovation, Science and Technology, said: "The Government's progress in rolling out Technology and Innovation Centres (TICs), and in particular the commitment to fund the manufacturing TIC for six years, is good news.

Planning in the Cloud: Reshaping Supply Chain Management

Planning in the Cloud: Reshaping Supply Chain Management

Over the past 24 months, the interest in cloud computing - a general term for software deployed through hosted, managed services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) models - has continued to grow.

Survey findings highlight revival of the freight forwarding market

Survey findings highlight revival of the freight forwarding market

Air, road and sea freight volumes have continued to rise this year despite the logistics industry entering a post-downturn phase in 2010, according to a recent survey conducted by Transport Intelligence (TI) and Kewill.

Poor foreign language skills cost small businesses billions, warns Forum of Private Business

Poor foreign language skills cost small businesses billions, warns Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is responding to evidence showing that poor foreign language skills cost British businesses 21 billion per year by launching a new language service for SMEs in conjunction with Peak Translations.

You already have the best people. Now give them the best tools.

You already have the best people. Now give them the best tools.

Discover how Vocollect voice-enablement solutions and Intermec 70 Series mobile solutions are driving superior employee effectiveness, increasing throughput and lowering total cost of ownership.

European manufacturers are turning to Mexico for NAFTA manufacturing, according to a newly published Entrada Group whitepaper

European manufacturers are turning to Mexico for NAFTA manufacturing, according to a newly published Entrada Group whitepaper

The Entrada Group has just released a whitepaper explaining why the credibility of Mexico's manufacturing sector has moved up in global ranks and why increasingly more European manufacturers are using Mexico as a manufacturing platform to service north America.

Small manufacturing businesses hit hardest by rising costs

Small manufacturing businesses hit hardest by rising costs

The UK's small businesses have suffered a 6.6 per cent annual hike in costs, three times higher than the government's inflationary target, according to the latest quarterly Business Inflation Guide (BIG) from MORE TH>N BUSINESS.

Spiralling legal consultants' fees hit small firms with almost 6 billion in annual compliance costs

Spiralling legal consultants' fees hit small firms with almost 6 billion in annual compliance costs

A month before October's common commencement date business owners are advised to rethink their own procedures and shop around for more affordable business services

Manufacturing orders and output expectations holding up

Manufacturing orders and output expectations holding up

UK manufacturers are reporting healthy order books and expectations for output growth are above their long-run average, reports the CBI.

Small businesses think going green can boost their bottom line but see tax and red tape as barriers to environmentalism

Small businesses think going green can boost their bottom line but see tax and red tape as barriers to environmentalism

Small businesses believe going green can boost their bottom line but see tax and red tape as major barriers to becoming more environmentally friendly, according to Forum of Private Business research.