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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Fragmented mobile payments market will lead to its demise, warns paythru

Fragmented mobile payments market will lead to its demise, warns paythru

According to KPMG, mobile payments are set to reach £591 billion by 2015. Businesses have been quick to respond with Google Wallet, Barclays' Pingit and PayPal's InStore app coming into the fore.

India power failures raise questions about supply chain exposures

India power failures raise questions about supply chain exposures

The recent prolonged and widespread power failures suffered in Northern India have highlighted the potential exposures to businesses which rely on offshore outsourcing to deliver key services to their customers worldwide.

Oracle report shows retailers are accumulating data at unprecedented rates

Oracle report shows retailers are accumulating data at unprecedented rates

Oracle has announced the results of its "From Overload to Impact: An Industry Scorecard on Big Data Business Challenges" report, which surveyed 333 C-level executives from US and Canadian executives from retail and 10 other industries to determine the pain points they face regarding managing the deluge of data coming into their organisations and how well they are using that information to drive profit and growth.

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A Qurius white paper

The rise and availability of computing power, coupled with the minimal cost of mass data storage, has created some fantastic opportunities for business, science and society as a whole. This Qurius white paper looks at what effect this increase in data storage has on distribution businesses and investigates how to embrace, exploit and profit from it.

RFID Market Reaches $7.67 Billion in 2012 - up 17% from 2011

RFID Market Reaches $7.67 Billion in 2012 - up 17% from 2011

By Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx. The latest RFID market research from IDTechEx finds that in 2012 the value of the entire RFID market will be $7.46 billion, up from $6.37 billion in 2011.

The logistics of protecting profits

The logistics of protecting profits

By Steve Howells, EU VP Merchandise Visibility at Checkpoint Systems.

Some were surprised when Amazon acquired Kiva Systems for 775 million dollars earlier this year. For those in the logistics industry, however, the huge value placed on the warehouse robot system is a positive sign and doesn't come as a complete shock.

UK manufacturing firms getting the raw deal with late payments, survey finds

UK manufacturing firms getting the raw deal with late payments, survey finds

Businesses in UK manufacturing are waiting longer than any other sector to get paid by their buyers, according to a report by trade credit insurer Atradius. The company's recent Payment Practices Barometer revealed that during the first quarter of 2012 the manufacturing sector waited on average 32.4 of days to be paid, whereas the financial sector had the lowest average wait, at just 19.3 days.

Poor supplier planning costs UK manufacturers £228,000 a year

Poor supplier planning costs UK manufacturers £228,000 a year

Business disruptions are costing each 'mid-size' UK manufacturer an average of £228,000 a year - the highest of any sector surveyed. That's according to 'The Weakest Link: UK Plc's Supply Chain', a new report published by Zurich Insurance that explores the impact of supply chain disruptions on mid-corporate businesses in the UK.

Home-grown success

Home-grown success

Chief editor of Manufacturing & Logistics IT Magazine, Ed Holden, spoke with Mike Padfield, IT director of Cath Kidston, about the company's rise to retail prominence, and the IT backbone that facilitates greater data control and operational efficiencies.

Savvy UK Manufacturing Plc outsmarts the recession, PwC report shows

Savvy UK Manufacturing Plc outsmarts the recession, PwC report shows

Britain's UK manufacturing industry is outsmarting the recession and the stock market, according to a new report by PwC.