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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EEF and UKTI to offer valuable advice to boost exports

EEF and UKTI to offer valuable advice to boost exports

EEF, the manufacturers' organisation and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) are giving manufacturers an opportunity to tap into expert advice which will help them take greater advantage of exports to emerging markets and the USA.

Resistance is futile - Change Management

My new automatic Thought-Translator (the TT2000) is brilliant. My wife recently asked me "would you like a cup of tea, darling?" I just typed the sentence into the translator and hit enter. In a split second, the screen displayed what she was really thinking: "I fancy a cup of tea. Make me one."

Warehouse design needs to manage demands of opposing retail strategies

Two major strategies in modern day retailing make opposing demands on the warehousing process and both need to be considered when designing a distribution centre, says Andy Blair, Sales Manager at Swisslog, the global supplier of logistics solutions.

Riding the Recession Part Two: Technologies Explained & Contrasted

Riding the Recession Part Two: Technologies Explained & Contrasted

In the latter part of 2010, Proteus Software and Belgravium Ltd offered the supply chain sector access to a series of succinct papers on key challenges facing today's professionals.

Supply chains seeking online services

Supply chains seeking online services

Rob Gibney, UK Country Manager of Imtech ICT Logistics Software, looks at what's behind the increasing popularity of SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions for logistics and warehouse management systems.

Early S&OP the lessons

Early S&OP  the lessons

Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others? John Pulling, Infor, considers the learnings of early sales and operations planning.

World class operational excellence helps to positively transform UK Businesses and Organisations

World class operational excellence helps to positively transform UK Businesses and Organisations

The North West based Manufacturing Institute is to help stimulate and transform local businesses and organisations' operational excellence through its internationally accredited Shingo workshops.

Building relationships to improve the supply chain

Building relationships to improve the supply chain

As nations across the globe continue to recover from the global financial crisis and consumer spending begins to increase, more pressure is being placed on logistics professionals to deliver goods quickly and cost effectively.

UK manufacturing expansion slowed further in April, as weaker domestic market subdued order book growth

UK manufacturing expansion slowed further in April, as weaker domestic market subdued order book growth

According to Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI UK manufacturing PMI eased to seven-month low of 54.6; growth of total new orders slowed sharply while exports increased at faster pace; and output price inflation remained close to March's series-record peak.

Research shows opportunity for logistics service providers to offer RFID as value-add to manufacturers in Asia

Research shows opportunity for logistics service providers to offer RFID as value-add to manufacturers in Asia

Logistics providers are in a good position to offer RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) service propositions to their manufacturing customers in China and South East Asia.