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



IBM Introduces New Solutions, Services for Mid-Sized Businesses

Industry and infrastructure offerings focus on security, business performance and ease of use; Designed and priced for mid-market, offered by business partners

Manufacturing companies face data crisis

Survey shows that crucial data left unmonitored


As soon as legislators start interfering in business decisions about how supply chains are structured and the way in which freight is moved, business costs go up.

IBS acquires specialized Java company

IBS has signed an agreement to acquire all the shares in the system development company Iptor AB in Gothenburg, Sweden. Iptor is a niche company that works with open-source business software, Java and integration.

RedPrairie Donates Over $60,000 to Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Employees donate heavily and company generously matches

Western European SRM Applications Market on the Upswing as Strategic Sourcing Fuels Growth, Says IDC

Demand for supplier relationship management (SRM) applications in Western Europe increased in 2004, according to a new study from IDC. Much of the demand has come from a surge in orders for strategic sourcing solutions integrating and leveraging existing procurement systems.

Supplying the major retailers: How to meet customer requirements and still make a profit

Supplying the major retailers: How to meet customer requirements and still make a profit

Neville Merritt of SSI looks at the challenges faced by food manufacturers, and provides tips on how computer systems can be used to help.

Supply-Chain Council Partners with Proforma to Release Object-Oriented SCOR-Model

The Supply-Chain Council (SCC), an international, not-for-profit trade association of companies from multiple industries and responsible for all development, maintenance, enhancement and distribution of the Supply-Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model, is undergoing a major project to restructure the Model and publish it in a software technology neutral database format. The new version of the Model is expected to be SCOR Version 8.0 and will be released in the first part of 2006.

Web services: A healthy clientless world

Web services: A healthy clientless world

As businesses grow beyond national borders, the need to support multiple languages, time zones and even legal requirements forces many organisations to re-evaluate the roll of IT to serve a wider global need and bridge the gap between partners and customers across the world.

CTL Director Publishing Next Must-Read for Supply Chain Professionals

Book to be released October 1, 2005