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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Manufacturing demand weakens slightly CBI

Manufacturing demand weakens slightly  CBI

Overall demand for UK manufactured goods weakened a little in June, after a significant improvement in May, but total order book levels are still close to their long-term average, the CBI has announced.

World Cup 2010 Survey reveals IT Are the Unsung Heros

World Cup 2010 Survey reveals IT Are the Unsung Heros

Survey reveals that, while the rest of the workforce may skive to watch the World Cup, its the IT Team that can be relied on in a crisis.

The Manufacturing Institute warns UK manufacturing not to talk itself into an early grave

The Manufacturing Institute warns UK manufacturing not to talk itself into an early grave

The past twenty years has seen the information technology and professional services industries as the be all and end all of great British business.

Special report Software as a Service

Special report  Software as a Service

Following on from our Cloud computing report in the March edition, Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with a number of leading industry spokespeople about Software as a Service; a software deployment model that is stimulating accelerating interest within the business-to-business software solutions space.

Cloud vendors still 'missing a big trick', research shows

Cloud vendors still 'missing a big trick', research shows

Cloud computing vendors are missing a big trick when it comes to targeting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), according to the results of a survey conducted by ICM.

Exports drive UK manufacturing improvement, but pricing pressures remain CBI

Exports drive UK manufacturing improvement, but pricing pressures remain   CBI

Foreign demand for UK manufactured goods has strengthened further, with export order books above par for the first time in over two years, although overall demand is still lagging, the CBI has commented.

UK PMI highest since September 1994. Growth of new exports hits record peak

UK PMI highest since September 1994. Growth of new exports hits record peak

Underpinning the latest rise in output was the sharpest growth in total new business since January 2004 and a series record increase in new export orders.

Businesses still failing to embrace social media

Businesses still failing to embrace social media

Only 33% of businesses have a social media strategy in place, while 77% of companies are not yet engaging with their customers via social media channels.

Global Logistics Industry left with acquisition hangover

Global Logistics Industry left with acquisition hangover

Annual results of 20 of the worlds largest publicly listed freight transport and logistics companies.

Manufacturing recovery remains fragile, warns Begbies Traynor

Manufacturing recovery remains fragile, warns Begbies Traynor

The recovery in the manufacturing sector remains fragile, according to the latest Red Flag update, which shows that the companies in the sectors experiencing significant or critical financial problems rose 12% in the first quarter of 2010.