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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Autumn Statement must deliver for SMEs, warns Forum of Private Business

Autumn Statement must deliver for SMEs, warns Forum of Private Business

A number of key issues affecting small business must be addressed by Government in next week's Autumn Statement if the economy is to grow next year, a not-for-profit lobby group has said in a letter to ministers this week.

PV Manufacturing Equipment Revenues to More Than Halve in 2012 According to IMS Research

PV Manufacturing Equipment Revenues to More Than Halve in 2012 According to IMS Research

The market for PV manufacturing equipment will more than halve in 2012, according to the latest quarterly-updated report from IMS Research.

UK manufacturers bid to make ethical trading a key selling point

UK manufacturers bid to make ethical trading a key selling point

As the Prime Minister calls for UK companies to use ethical trading to create competitive advantage overseas, a report newly published by UK law firm DMH Stallard confirms that UK manufacturers are increasingly focused on operating ethically and transparently to be more competitive and as a means of winning business.

Business growth and profitability stymied globally by costs attached to Enterprise Software Change

Business growth and profitability stymied globally by costs attached to Enterprise Software Change

UNIT4 has announced further findings of a new international research project undertaken by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) which surveyed 307 senior managers from a range of industries about their ERP and enterprise applications' ability to support business change.

Uncertainty could delay investment in manufacturing sector

Uncertainty could delay investment in manufacturing sector

Despite GDP being up marginally a slow and challenging recovery is expected to ensue in the forthcoming quarters. However, the data from the UK manufacturing PMI represents a clearer picture of where manufacturing is heading in the short term.

Two in three UK workers not adhering to IT policies

Two in three UK workers not adhering to IT policies

According to a new report published by Mitel (Nasdaq:MITL), provider of unified communications software solutions, UK IT departments are struggling to accommodate insatiable end-user demands.

CBI comments on Government manufacturing funding package

CBI comments on Government manufacturing funding package

Commenting on the Government's announced 170 million manufacturing package, Dr Tim Bradshaw, CBI Head of Innovation, Science and Technology, said: "The Government's progress in rolling out Technology and Innovation Centres (TICs), and in particular the commitment to fund the manufacturing TIC for six years, is good news.

Planning in the Cloud: Reshaping Supply Chain Management

Planning in the Cloud: Reshaping Supply Chain Management

Over the past 24 months, the interest in cloud computing - a general term for software deployed through hosted, managed services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) models - has continued to grow.

Survey findings highlight revival of the freight forwarding market

Survey findings highlight revival of the freight forwarding market

Air, road and sea freight volumes have continued to rise this year despite the logistics industry entering a post-downturn phase in 2010, according to a recent survey conducted by Transport Intelligence (TI) and Kewill.

Poor foreign language skills cost small businesses billions, warns Forum of Private Business

Poor foreign language skills cost small businesses billions, warns Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is responding to evidence showing that poor foreign language skills cost British businesses 21 billion per year by launching a new language service for SMEs in conjunction with Peak Translations.