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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Poor cloud performance management 'costing manufacturers more than 700,000 each every year'

Research released by Compuware Corporation has revealed that European manufacturers lose more than 0.7M (736,387) every year due to performance-related problems with cloud-based applications.

Output growth accelerates for first time since March, as new export orders increase at sharpest pace in five months

Output growth accelerates for first time since March, as new export orders increase at sharpest pace in five months

Growth of UK manufacturing production accelerated for the first time in seven months in October. Output rose in response to faster inflows of new business and a solid increase in new export orders.

Transport & Communications sector sees 13.6% increase in insolvencies

Transport & Communications sector sees 13.6% increase in insolvencies

The Quarter 3 Equifax Business Failures Report reveals a drop of 13.4% in the number of businesses going bust, compared to the same period in 2009.

Pick by Line with Voice at Somerfield Stores

Somerfield operates over 800 stores across the UK with nine out of 10 located in town centre or neighbourhood locations. The supermarket employs over 42,000 colleagues and has more than nine million customer visits every week.

UK manufacturing recovery continued to slow in September. New export orders declined for first time since July 2009

UK manufacturing recovery continued to slow in September. New export orders declined for first time since July 2009

The recovery of the UK manufacturing sector continued to slow in September, as growth of output lost further momentum and the rate of increase in new orders improved only slightly following the marked downshift seen in the previous month.

Prepare for wintry weather now through business continuity plans, small firms urged

Prepare for wintry weather now through business continuity plans, small firms urged

A business support organisation is urging small firms to ensure they prepare for weather-related disruptions this winter by drawing up continuity plans.

Reliance on manual processes puts customer relationships at risk

Reliance on manual processes puts customer relationships at risk

At the recent Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual conference, Sterling Commerce, an IBM Company, announced the findings of a new independent survey of manufacturing and logistics executives.

Managing supplier quality does not impact profits or supply chain efficiency despite concerns of food & beverage directors

Managing supplier quality does not impact profits or supply chain efficiency despite concerns of food & beverage directors

Tim Mohn, industry principle, Sparta Systems, explains how an enterprise-wide quality management policy can maintain supplier quality without sacrificing bottom-line objectives.

UK manufacturing sector loses 300 million* a year by failing to manage its business-critical systems

UK manufacturing sector loses 300 million* a year by failing to manage its business-critical systems

CA Technologies has announced the results of an independent report revealing that manufacturing organisations in the UK are each losing 64,000** in revenue per year from the time taken to recover from IT downtime.

The benefits of voice to avoid out of stocks

The benefits of voice to avoid out of stocks

A great deal is written in the trade media about the benefits of voice technology to improve productivity and accuracy, and how quickly the investment pays for itself in reduced operational costs.