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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Recession to cause permanent UK jobs exodus

Recession to cause permanent UK jobs exodus

*81% of large firms are considering moving major functions abroad *Nearly a third of UK jobs at global corporations could go overseas *UK competitiveness eroded by poor skills, high taxes, excessive costs and stifling regulations

Survey reveals 37% of workers would hand-over company secrets for 1m

Especially now that employee loyalty is at an all time low, with a third of workers saying they felt a lot less loyal towards their employers than they did a year ago.

Outsourcing might be the answer but whats the question?

Outsourcing might be the answer  but whats the question?

There are many reasons why organisations decide to outsource, and more often than not its a question of cost. However, there can be other drivers.

Government urged to increase scrutiny of banks lending to small businesses

Business owners struggling to access finance from major lenders are sceptical about support from the Government, despite its commitment to scrutinise the behaviour of banks via its Small Business Lending Monitoring Panel.

No respite for small businesses in the 2009 Budget

No respite for small businesses in the 2009 Budget

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is concerned that the 2009 Budget has failed to address the main issues threatening the UKs struggling small businesses.

Manufacturing workers needed down under

Manufacturing workers needed down under

With the UK manufacturing industry on its knees emigration experts are advising workers to look down under, where their skills are still in demand.

Manufacturing sector is the 'chameleon of UK industry'

Manufacturing sector is the 'chameleon of UK industry'

Research commissioned by Microsoft Dynamics has found that one fifth (20%) of all manufacturing companies in the UK has undergone a sale, merger or acquisition in the last 12 months and a further 15% expect to undergo a sale, merger or acquisition over the coming year.

Bank of England should be privatised says free-market think tank

Bank of England should be privatised says free-market think tank

The Bank of England should be privatised and once again empowered to regulate the banking system. This is the controversial conclusion of a new research paper Central Banking in a Free Society released by the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Hard grafting is more inspirational than money for SMEs

Hard grafting is more inspirational than money for SMEs

As 16 brave contestants prepare to battle it out to become Sir Alan Sugars next apprentice, a new report reveals what Britains small business owners look for in a role model.

Maternity leave and redundancy must be handled with utmost care by manufacturing firms

A leading law firm says recession stricken manufacturing firms can make women on maternity leave redundant but must follow the law to the letter.