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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Manufacturers must embrace complexity challenge

Manufacturers must embrace complexity challenge

Manufacturing complexity has increased in the last five years, and is expected to continue to rise over the next three years, according to a global survey of 378 manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, high-tech electronics, and industrial equipment industries, undertaken by IDC Manufacturing Insights and sponsored by Infor.

Confidence in manufacturing leadership lags behind financial services sector

Confidence in manufacturing leadership lags behind financial services sector

Senior management teams are failing to inspire confidence in their organisation's managers, according to new UK research. The problem is particularly acute among the manufacturing and industrial sectors which policy makers are hoping will lead the UK economy out of its current difficulties.

Rising fuel prices means home working must be prioritised - end the tax on going to work

Rising fuel prices means home working must be prioritised - end the tax on going to work

While rising petrol prices caused by tensions in the Middle East and a weak pound are bad news for businesses in the UK, there are strategies which UK businesses can adopt to make themselves more efficient and actually lower costs in the medium to long-term.

Poor decision-making environments damage competitiveness, say manufacturers

Poor decision-making environments damage competitiveness, say manufacturers

Poor decision-making environments are being cited as a critical barrier to growth by manufacturers across the globe, according to a survey of 378 manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, high-tech electronics, and industrial equipment industries, undertaken by IDC Manufacturing Insights and sponsored by Infor.

The supply chain must source the crowd in 2012

The supply chain must source the crowd in 2012

Karsten Horn, director international sales of the Inventory and Supply Chain Division at Inform, discusses why crowd sourcing will shake up business processes in 2012. He also explains why the supply chain must be prepared to become more 'social' with its operations, in order to drive competitive advantage and thrive in the long-term.

Pharmavolution - have emerging markets finally emerged?

Pharmavolution - have emerging markets finally emerged?

Breaking into emerging markets has increasingly been the secret to success across almost every segment of the global pharmaceutical industry in recent years.

Exel invites you to a half-day ERP overview

Exel invites you to a half-day ERP overview

Businesses constantly strive to improve productivity, increase efficiency and reduce costs in order to make operations more competitive.

uShip survey: UK couriers' mobile dependence surges 70 per cent

Perhaps no other segment of the UK labour force is more reliant on mobile technology than couriers and drivers of the 3.24 million delivery vans.

Managing risk through collaboration with outsourcing partners

Managing risk through collaboration with outsourcing partners

Outsourcing has become an important issue to consider for businesses across a range of industries as they react to the global economic downturn and look to cut costs to their own payroll.

UK businesses being hampered by lack of process transparency

UK businesses being hampered by lack of process transparency

A lack of transparency of business processes is making it difficult for UK finance and management professionals to identify their most profitable business areas.