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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Greater flexibility and better customer service top ERP users' wish list

Greater flexibility and better customer service top ERP users' wish list

Over one in three (35%) UK IT decision-makers cite greater flexibility as the top improvement they would make to their existing ERP systems, according to an independent report launched today by global enterprise applications company IFS.

Intermec to acquire Vocollect

Intermec to acquire Vocollect

Intermec has announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement under which Intermec will acquire Vocollect,provider of voice-centric solutions for mobile workers worldwide.

Five top tips for ERP strategy planning

Five top tips for ERP strategy planning

Too often, a company will not know exactly what it wants from its ERP from the outset. Without proper clarification of the implementation plan, it can be flawed from the start, leading to complications further down the line.

Technology will play a big role in making the food safety modernisation act successful, according to Infor

Technology will play a big role in making the food safety modernisation act successful, according to Infor

"Every year tens of millions of people are affected by tainted food supplies containing bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella," said Venkat Rajaji, global PLM product manager for Infor.

Making the right investment in improved warehouse visibility

Making the right investment in improved warehouse visibility

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with Mike Smith, business development director of Clydebuilt Solutions, about how better warehouse control can reduce the level of required working capital.

Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI final data

Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI  final data

The Markit Final Eurozone Manufacturing PMI rose to 57.1 in December, up from the earlier flash estimate of 56.8 and its highest reading since April's 46-month peak.

Business chief warns of 'challenging' year ahead but says swift tax and red tape reform could lift SME sector

Business chief warns of 'challenging' year ahead  but says swift tax and red tape reform could lift SME sector

The head of one of the UK's six main business groups has warned that smaller companies face a 'challenging' year ahead.

RFID inventory tracking - goodbye databases

RFID inventory tracking - goodbye databases

RFID has created substantial supply chain efficiencies. But there's a bigger shift coming: what if logistics management didn't require the use of databases because inventory tracked itself?

Labour isn't working?

Labour isn't working?

Managing the labour requirements for a busy distribution centre is a tough call.

UK manufacturing PMI at sixteen-year high in November, as jobs growth accelerated to survey record rate

UK manufacturing PMI at sixteen-year high in November, as jobs growth accelerated to survey record rate

UK manufacturing operating conditions showed a marked improvement during November. Employment rose at the quickest pace since the survey began in 1992, reflecting stronger growth of output and faster inflows of new work and new export orders.