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



Voice: Not just for simple case order picking

Voice:  Not just for simple case order picking

Many people may be under the impression that pick-by-voice is only used for straight-forward case picking and who could blame them? Here we look at different scenarios that demonstrate how this amazing technology can offer a lot more.

Driving voice through automotive aftermarket logistics

Driving voice through automotive aftermarket logistics

Voice technology offers a solution to better manage complicated order picking in the aftermarket parts warehouse.


A state-of-the-art facility that will help regional companies compete more effectively in both national and global markets is to receive funding from Yorkshire Forward.

Swisslog Receives 2005 Platinum Sales Award From TGW-ERMANCO, Inc

Swisslog Receives 2005 Platinum Sales Award From TGW-ERMANCO, Inc

TGW-ERMANCO has awarded their 2005 Platinum Sales award to Swisslog Logistics, Inc. based on sales leadership as a TGW-ERMANCO business partner.

Zetes acquires Powersys

Rolling out growth strategy in the Spanish market

Zetes to expand and increase its activities on the personal authentication market thanks to the takeover of the assets and know-how of the Idoc Cards division

Zetes Industries announces the takeover of the Cards division of the Belgian company Idoc. This acquisition means that the Zetes Group now covers the entire smart card production chain.

Western European Process Manufacturing IT Spending to Reach $36.7 Billion in 2009, Says IDC

IDC estimates that overall IT spending in the Western European process manufacturing industry will reach $31.8 billion in 2005, with a CAGR over the forecast period of 3.6% to reach a market value of $36.7 billion in 2009.

Innovate Logistics Opens Centre of Excellence at Space27

The Centre is intended to provide continuing professional development for all Innovate staff in a variety of areas including warehouse management systems, IT software and health and safety, as well as providing the best first impressions for new employee inductions.

The perfect order

The perfect order

For manufacturers that involve make to order and extensive product customisation the idea of the perfect order becomes a more elusive yet critical goal.

Wilson Alexander, the 1st life science manufacturing search consultancy launches internationally

Wilson Alexander Ltd, the 'first of a kind' executive search and interim management consultancy, has launched this month.