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 orders disappoint but output increases – CBI

Manufacturing orders disappoint but output increases – CBI

New manufacturing orders fell slightly in the three months to April but output increased and firms are expecting orders to grow in the next quarter.

Retailers should watch out as ex-fraudster dubs new MI5 Web Portal System 'too easy'

Retailers should watch out as ex-fraudster dubs new MI5 Web Portal System 'too easy'

The BBC has announced the imminent launch of a new 'secure facebook' initiative that could help retailers save millions of pounds each year by sharing information on cyber threats. But, fraud specialist Tony Sales has serious doubts about the new system – because it only operates during office hours working hours.

Empowering the workforce to boost performance with analytics

Empowering the workforce to boost performance with analytics

By Phil Lewis, Infor.Maximising productivity in today's complex and competitive environments is top of mind for manufacturers, while improving company culture is often overlooked. What companies often don't realise is that through creating a more proactive company culture, productivity can be substantially improved.

Managing Product Complexity. Getting the right mix – real-world scenarios by ColumbusManufacturing

Managing Product Complexity. Getting the right mix – real-world scenarios by ColumbusManufacturing

......a series of case studies (issues – problems - remedies - benefits) developed by ColumbusManufacturing REAL WORLD

Perspective - Public Transport: What moves the sector?

Perspective - Public Transport: What moves the sector?

Scarcity of resources and demographic change are determining the future of public transport as shown by the industry survey "Perspective – Public Transport" initiated by PTV Group.

March 2013 Issue

March 2013 Issue

Special Report:
ERP

Automotive/Logistics special feature:
FERRARI

Also in this issue:
Fast order from chaos: the High-Tech industry
How the West is won back
Winning the inventory battle in consumer electronics
Retailers require only modest changes to survive

UK manufacturers call for an industry makeover

UK manufacturers call for an industry makeover

The 'Manufacturing Success' report, issued by SAP (UK) Limited at the Manufacturing Innovation Forum indicates that UK manufacturers are welcoming of change, with 82% citing innovation as the most important driver of business growth in 2013 and beyond.

UK small businesses focused on green shoots, not green credentials

UK small businesses focused on green shoots, not green credentials

A new study sponsored by UPS shows that nearly two thirds (64%) of small businesses do not have a written sustainability strategy (Q1) or set of sustainability policies (Q2), despite increasing pressure from customers and suppliers.

Failed appointments cost British business £53 billion in inefficiencies and lost productivity every year

Failed appointments cost British business £53 billion in inefficiencies and lost productivity every year

British businesses that carry out home appointments and deliveries are losing more than £53 billion every year due to customers not being at home.

Global study uncovers new postures driven by mobile technology

Global study uncovers new postures driven by mobile technology

Our reliance on technology in the workplace has led to nine new postures such as the "strunch", the "cocoon," and the "swipe" which frequently cause pain and long-term injuries, disrupting concentration and creativity.