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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Research shows opportunity for logistics service providers to offer RFID as value-add to manufacturers in Asia

Research shows opportunity for logistics service providers to offer RFID as value-add to manufacturers in Asia

Logistics providers are in a good position to offer RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) service propositions to their manufacturing customers in China and South East Asia.

Is cloud computing a data centre in the sky?

Is cloud computing a data centre in the sky?

Research by Infosecurity Europe of 1000 commuters aimed to find out if office workers understand 'geek speak' has discovered that many are not as tech or security aware as they could be.

Driving automotive manufacturing into the cloud

Driving automotive manufacturing into the cloud

Despite cloud computing being one of the most talked about topics in IT and business, there is still some uncertainty within the manufacturing industry around when and how it should be used, as well as what is actually meant by the term 'cloud'.

Common sense advice on implementation of the Bribery Act

Common sense advice on implementation of the Bribery Act

On 30 March The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) published its long-awaited guidance on the Bribery Act 2010 and confirmed that the Act will come into force on 1 July this year.

Avoid embarrassing questions about your supply chain

Avoid embarrassing questions about your supply chain

The CEO of a global automotive manufacturer was giving a press conference at the Geneva Car Show in March 2011, when reporters asked him for comments regarding the news that their competitor had just purchased a stake in a key supplier.

Strengthening domestic demand boosts manufacturing output, but prices continue to rise - CBI

Strengthening domestic demand boosts manufacturing output, but prices continue to rise - CBI

The recovery in UK manufacturing remains in place, with an improvement in domestic demand further boosting expectations for output growth, according to the CBI. However, price pressures remain intense.

Second chance saloon

Second chance saloon

Andrew Kinder, director product marketing, Infor, provides his take on what to look for in an ERP system, second time around.

Measuring sludge stock

Measuring sludge stock

The theory is that products continuously flow through the supply chain. Sometimes they dont. They slow down or stop moving. This is Sludge Stock.

The Disconnected Supply Chain

The Disconnected Supply Chain

Too many times SCM buying decisions are about meeting corporate requirements that have little to do with day-to-day supply chain operations. The resulting disconnect is a common reason why overall costs are out of line with requirements and measurable ROI is largely impossible to achieve.

Cash to cash cycle

Cash to cash cycle

Here is a little exercise to help you take Supply Chain decisions. First, think about your company and imagine that your personal money is involved.