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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Failed appointments cost British business £53 billion in inefficiencies and lost productivity every year

Failed appointments cost British business £53 billion in inefficiencies and lost productivity every year

British businesses that carry out home appointments and deliveries are losing more than £53 billion every year due to customers not being at home.

Global study uncovers new postures driven by mobile technology

Global study uncovers new postures driven by mobile technology

Our reliance on technology in the workplace has led to nine new postures such as the "strunch", the "cocoon," and the "swipe" which frequently cause pain and long-term injuries, disrupting concentration and creativity.

Automotive industry still has great potential for savings

Automotive industry still has great potential for savings

The European automotive industry still has considerable potential for savings. Alone in the area of transportation logistics, companies can save up to nine per cent of their costs, according to logistics provider Global Supply Chain Solutions (G-SCS).

F1 technology innovation – fast but not too fast

F1 technology innovation – fast but not too fast

Formula 1 racing teams that continually explore new innovations in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage may actually be damaging their chances of success

Manufacturing sector accuses IT vendors of too much hype and jargon

Manufacturing sector accuses IT vendors of too much hype and jargon

A survey commissioned by managed data service provider, Six Degrees Group, has found that there is a growing sense of discontent among both IT and business decision makers within the manufacturing sector, in relation to how technology service companies are promoting and selling cloud services.

Cloud computing provides key for food manufacturers seeking provenance guarantees

Cloud computing provides key for food manufacturers seeking provenance guarantees

By Marcel Kars is Senior VP Sales and Marketing at Zetes.

The recent food fraud scandal, which is affecting producers and retailers of many meat-based ready meals, perfectly illustrates the dilemma facing food manufacturers as they seek to offset rising costs with the need to operate a sustainable business.

Roundtable for small manufacturing firms reveals 'business as usual' no longer exists

Roundtable for small manufacturing firms reveals 'business as usual' no longer exists

A roundtable of small businesses involved in design and manufacturing has uncovered the pressure these companies are under to constantly evolve to meet changing market conditions. "If we stand still we will go out of business," said one attendee. Business consultant Nina Dar, who attended the event, agreed saying that the world was going through 'a third industrial revolution' and businesses needed to find new ways to bring together and share fragmented global knowledge to stay ahead of market developments.

Weather, riots and horsemeat: what's next for the uncertain supply chain?

Weather, riots and horsemeat: what's next for the uncertain supply chain?

Contingency planning and thorough processes are the key to avoiding supply chain turmoil says Richard Powell, Managing Director at end-to-end supply chain consultancy, Crimson & Co.

The recent horsemeat scandal has brought supply chain, and more specifically, procurement to the forefront of business leaders minds, leaving them questioning why these issues occur in the first instance, and what can be done to mitigate against these in the future.

Fleet telematics and the growth of the local delivery sector

Fleet telematics and the growth of the local delivery sector

Greg Nichols explores why local fleets represent the fastest growing segment of the telematics market in North America.

With the exception of the slowdown following the recent recession, the commercial telematics industry has been growing steadily in North America for the past two decades. There are now approximately four million units in service.

The Distribution Evolution: Survival of the Fastest Technology and the Evolving Distribution Business Model

The Distribution Evolution: Survival of the Fastest Technology and the Evolving Distribution Business Model

An Industry Viewpoint based on an Infor Distribution Webcast 26 June, 2012

In a hyper-competitive, global industry, distribution companies are looking for any advantage that will help them attract business, boost efficiency, and help customers shift to enterprise platforms that will sustain and build their operations. In this June 2012 Infor webcast – hosted by Industrial Distribution, Eric Ryerson, Director of Development, Distribution at Infor, and Braden Green, Director of Operations at Tenaquip Ltd. – the success factors that have helped Tenaquip meet and stay ahead of its market’s needs are discussed in detail.