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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Enabling supply chain strategies with RFID

Enabling supply chain strategies with RFID

Stuart Scott, director of marketing and business development for Intermec Technologies, explains what early adopters stand to gain from this emerging technology.

Orbis gets Sage Enterprise channel backing

The Sage Enterprise reseller channel has aligned its market strategy with pure-play Business Process Management (BPM) vendor Orbis Software Ltd. This move is seen by many as a serious shift by the channel to strengthen its solution portfolio against competitor applications that harbour varying forms of embedded BPM capabilities.

Sorting Out the Paper Trail A SAP

Sorting Out the Paper Trail A  SAP

How do companies extend the benefits of SAP ERP deployment to the edgesof their business, and break down information silos? Jonathan Symons, MD of ITESOFT, shows how to short-cut the paper trail in finance departments

PickMaster, a productivity enhancing software concept for high speed picking applications

Developed by ABB Robotics and based on Cognex vision technology

What to track and where?

What to track and where?

A mixture of regulation and the need to provide quality guarantees to customers, has made production tracking and traceability a business imperative for retailers and manufacturers alike, says Pierson Broome, business development manager at Aldata Solution. How can software ensure compliance?

Sidewinder Helps Orbis with Better Property Protection

Sidewinder today announced that its ServicePLATFORM real-time scheduling software has been selected by Orbis plc, Europe's leading empty property and neighbourhood improvement company. Orbis will be using the Sidewinder software to improve efficiency and reduce cost by more effectively scheduling its 250 work crews throughout the UK.

Sidewinder Europe invests in the future

Sidewinder Europe today announced its substantial minority shareholding in Datadialogs, a leading supplier of knowledge based solutions.

Fighting the fear factors in Logistics IT

Fighting the fear factors in Logistics IT

Technological advances in communications and computing have revolutionised much of the service industry with the advent of Internet-based commerce enhancing this further. Given the clear business benefits of embracing IT, it certainly begs the question, "Why are logistics operations being so cautious to adopt technology?"

Cut costs, track inventory and maximise efficiency

Cut costs, track inventory and maximise efficiency

Some of the leading retailers have had their supply chain inefficiencies laid bare when evaluating their performance versus competitors. Not to mention, the Sudan 1 Dye crisis where many food distributors and retailers had to recall/remove hundreds of food brands from their shelves/warehouses...

Global standards: Enabling implementation of RFID

Global standards: Enabling implementation of RFID

RFID is gathering pace with companies in the retail, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and packaging industries pledging their commitment to the technologythis was the key message to emerge from the GS1 UK EPCglobal Conference and Exhibition in June.