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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The Connected Vehicle is set to revolutionise in-vehicle information systems to the benefit of businesses and staff alike

The Connected Vehicle is set to revolutionise in-vehicle information systems to the benefit of businesses and staff alike

The convergence of different technologies is pushing vehicle manufacturers to develop networked strategies that will bring connection and convenience to drivers that were previously only imagined. This technology will also enable businesses to more effectively manage their mobile assets while providing greater benefits to staff. Sergio Barata, General Manager of Telogis EMEA explains.

Advanced provides top ten predictions on the future of third party logistics

Advanced provides top ten predictions on the future of third party logistics

The landscape for third party logistics (3PL) has altered significantly in the last decade, and is tipped to experience further growth and change as mobile technologies and 'smart' working practices develop.

Putting the ERP in customer experience initiatives

Putting the ERP in customer experience initiatives

By Erik Johnson, Vice-President, Technology Strategy, Epicor Software Corporation.

How much thought have you given recently to the role your ERP system plays in enabling your customer experience initiatives? When you implemented the system efficiency, scheduling, and getting more flexibility were probably on the list of goals, but not necessarily customer experience, even though it is impacted by all the other goals.

Discrete deployment terms unfit for the hybrid world, warns Claranet

Discrete deployment terms unfit for the hybrid world, warns Claranet

In a hybrid world, in which any combination of cloud services may be consumed by a single customer, rigid definitions of cloud deployment models may serve to hinder rather than promote innovation, Claranet warns.

Production Planning and Scheduling – 8 characteristics of highly effective food and beverage supply chains – Management Briefing from Quintiq

Production Planning and Scheduling –  8 characteristics of highly effective food and beverage supply chains – Management Briefing from Quintiq

The insights in this briefing have been derived from the practices of some of the world's most successful F&B manufacturers. They point to eight key opportunities for value creation – opportunities that many producers are still unaware of.

Manufacturing business owners working 41% longer than the average Brit

Manufacturing business owners working 41% longer than the average Brit

Micro business owners in the manufacturing industry are working an average of 45 hours a week, according to new research. That's nearly 41% longer than the average Brit's working week.

Major Components: It's the basis of your business, but is it part of your supply chain?

Major Components: It's the basis of your business, but is it part of your supply chain?

By Howard Roddie, FuturMaster Senior Supply Chain Consultant (@HowardRoddie)

Farmers are famous for complaining about the weather, but when the chairman of the National Farmers Union says "The biggest uncertainty for UK agriculture is extreme weather events"[1] and links it to climate change, any business dependent on agricultural products should sit up and take notice. We move out of a world where it's about yields, quality and price into a world where it's about the ability to supply.

Innovation boost for manufacturing & materials industry in the North West

Innovation boost for manufacturing & materials industry in the North West

Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in the North-West of England focused on materials and manufacturing have been given the opportunity to expand their business with an investment to help develop innovative new products.

Manufacturing software specialists expand their workforce in-line with UK industry trends

Manufacturing software specialists expand their workforce in-line with UK industry trends

Finally, UK manufacturers' order books increased sharply during July to the best level in 7 months.

Supplier management with PLM-early visibility key to optimising sourcing strategies

Supplier management with PLM-early visibility key to optimising sourcing strategies

By Chuck Cimalore, CTO and President, Omnify Software.

It's no surprise that supply chains are growing in complexity as manufacturers continue to globalise in order to reduce costs and expand their market. With this shift, manufacturers need to take a new approach to managing their supply chains by finding ways to improve communication with suppliers, obtain early visibility into sourcing information and better mitigate supplier risk.