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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UK businesses being hampered by lack of process transparency

UK businesses being hampered by lack of process transparency

A lack of transparency of business processes is making it difficult for UK finance and management professionals to identify their most profitable business areas.

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Global survey reveals most companies naive when it comes to energy management

Global survey reveals most companies naive when it comes to energy management

Epicor Software Corporation has announced the results of its first ever global carbon accounting survey.

UK aerospace sector relatively upbeat as global demand stays healthy, says KPMG

UK aerospace sector relatively upbeat as global demand stays healthy, says KPMG

Airbus revealed at its annual press conference that it took in a record number of orders for new commercial aircraft last year, Glynn Bellamy, Head of Aerospace and Defence at KPMG, said: "Recent order pronouncements from significant airframe manufacturers clearly illustrate that global conditions are currently favourable for the aerospace supply-chain in the UK.

Manufacturers must get set for London 2012 economic boost or risk missing out

Manufacturers must get set for London 2012 economic boost or risk missing out

Manufacturers are facing one of their most challenging times, but whilst over half are expecting increased demand from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 29 per cent are in danger of missing out on a potential economic boost because they see them as irrelevant.

Driving growth

Driving growth

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with Arnaud Giuliani, IT director for Norbert Dentressangle's UK Transport business, and Grant Robertson, IT director for the company's UK Logistics business, about the transport and logistics giant's recent landmark acquisitions, the benefits of a lean management structure, and how a sound IT infrastructure is critical in order to provide the best possible service to the end customer.

Manufacturers identify areas for improvement in their supply chain

Manufacturers identify areas for improvement in their supply chain

A new survey* commissioned by DHL Supply Chain has revealed UK manufacturers' priorities for further improvement in their supply chain. Although just 1% of respondents outsource inventory management processes, 30% recognise it as an area of their supply chain that needs improving.

Taxman seizing more assets of late paying businesses, warns Mitchell Charlesworth

Taxman seizing more assets of late paying businesses, warns Mitchell Charlesworth

North West accountancy firm, Mitchell Charlesworth, is warning manufacturers to tighten credit control procedures as it emerged HMRC is increasingly seizing assets of late paying businesses.

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Manufacturing industry needs to get its 'supply chain house' in order

Manufacturing industry needs to get its 'supply chain house' in order

Still recovering from the impact of Japan's Tsunami disaster earlier this year, the manufacturing industry has been dealt another blow as Thailand recently suffered its worst floods for more than 50 years.