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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YORKSHIRE FORWARD INVESTS 6.5M IN 'FACTORY OF THE FUTURE'

Yorkshire Forward has invested 6.50 million to build a 'Factory of the Future', as part of the second phase of development of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing located at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Waverley, Rotherham

Critical components: What you need to know about product traceability

Critical components: What you need to know about product traceability

Food and beverage companies face intense competition and extremely tight margins in the manufacture and distribution of their products...article by Marcus Bennett (pictured right) and Hugh Murphy (pictured left), 3M Supply Chain Solutions

The voice on a hand held bandwagon gathers speed

The voice on a hand held bandwagon gathers speed

Caveat emptor! Let the buyer beware says VoiteQ, a leading supplier of of voice-directed supply chain solutions. David Stanhope, the company's CEO speaks out.

Concerning the food and beverage supply chain...

Concerning the food and beverage supply chain...

Allen Scott, Manhattan Associates, looks at some of the supply chain challenges facing the food and drinks industry and offers some solutions.

Configured for success

Configured for success

How much simpler the days when you could limit choice according to supply for mass produced goods...

Enterprise IT budget increases signal continued recovery of the global IT market

IT budgets have grown in 2006 and further growth is expected in 2007

SMEs love the trade press when it comes to IT

WStore survey reveals lack of trust in manufacturer website info

Food industry QA managers influence technology selection

Food industry QA managers influence technology selection

More than half of all quality assurance (QA) managers in food manufacturing do not currently interface with their company's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Thomas R. Cutler discusses the implications.

Grid and SOA Friends or Foes?

Grid and SOA  Friends or Foes?

There has been much coverage in the press recently over two architectural approaches to technology: grid computing, where hardware assets are virtualised so that applications can share resources, and service oriented architectures (SOAs), where discrete items of functionality are created that are brought together on the fly to meet the business process needs.

ERP not delivering? Try looking at it from a different perspective

ERP not delivering? Try looking at it from a different perspective

For many manufacturing companies, the use of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems has become a necessary condition for success. But the complexities of todays more demanding manufacturing strategies call for ever greater visibility and control over every process.