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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European Software Industry facing fundamental challenges as ISVs face new buyer types

European Software Industry facing fundamental challenges as ISVs face new buyer types

Independent software vendors (ISVs) face a wide-open market with great opportunities, but will need to focus to get the best rewards in the longer term.

Manufacturing and Logistics IT Magazine launches NEWS App

Manufacturing and Logistics IT Magazine launches NEWS App

The leading specialist supply chain IT solutions magazine has launched a new App delivering the very latest articles to your mobile device.

The Manufacturing & Logistics News App has live feeds from LogisticsIT.com and the material handling website LogisticsHandling.com. There are also links to the digital issues of the magazine and a live feed from the Blog zone on LogisticsIT.

Companies relying on ERP for supply chain visibility fall short of goals for the extended supply chain

Companies relying on ERP for supply chain visibility fall short of goals for the extended supply chain

GT Nexus has announced the availability of a new report conducted by Supply Chain Insights indicating that despite the explosion of global outsourcing and increased efforts to automate the extended supply chain, the focus of most companies remains on automation within the enterprise, leaving interactions between business partners to spreadsheets and EDI.

Two new-age ways for retailers to engage with consumers

Two new-age ways for retailers to engage with consumers

By Manish Grover, senior director at Mindtree

As the usage of mobile explodes and the digital revolution moves to take centre stage, retailers are investing to shore up their consumer engagement and commerce capabilities.

New report shows businesses failing to realise ROI from IT investments

New report shows businesses failing to realise ROI from IT investments

According to new research, only one in four companies (25%) in EMEA meet the definition of a ‘Transformer’ – a company that describes its use of IT infrastructure to drive “innovation excellence.” The success of Transformer companies is supported by a number of metrics.

How to tell if you need a new ERP system

How to tell if you need a new ERP system

We're being told in the press on a daily basis how the UK economy is growing. How companies have scaled up output in response to stronger inflows of new orders. And, that there is strong demand from the domestic market with rising levels of new business coming from overseas. According to EEF, The Manufacturers Organisation, the forecast for UK manufacturing output growth this year is 2.7%, the fastest rate of expansion in four years.

Is reshoring manufacturing a long-term solution?

Is reshoring manufacturing a long-term solution?

Figures released by the EEF manufacturers' organisation stating that one in six British companies has reshored its production within the past three years marks a positive outlook for the UK manufacturing sector.

Retailers need to wake up to the fact that when it comes to online fraud even good consumers break bad

Retailers need to wake up to the fact that when it comes to online fraud even good consumers break bad

Commentators on the retail sector were writing as recently as 2011 that a major advantage of ecommerce was that the financial drain of shoplifting would be alleviated by the shift to direct home deliveries.

5 processes to remember when exporting

5 processes to remember when exporting

By Ken Peters, Director of Global Solutions at Integration Point.

There are various measures to assess when exporting products internationally.In order to avoid fines, removal of export privileges or jail time, remember to perform the following five export processes to proactively ensure your goods are efficiently moving through your supply chain.

The Big Data challenge: Leveraging analytics to make better business decisions and enhance field service performance

The Big Data challenge: Leveraging analytics to make better business decisions and enhance field service performance

By Mark Forrest, general manager, Trimble Field Service Management (FSM).

Big Data is a buzz word making its rounds across a variety of industries and the field service sector is no exception. Gartner defines Big Data as high-volume, high-velocity and high-variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing for enhanced insight and decision making.

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