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 firms must have trustworthy outsourcing partners

Manufacturing firms must have trustworthy outsourcing partners

Firms from the manufacturing sector are increasingly adopting cloud computing technology as they seek to increase output and streamline costs. However, according to cloud specialist Node4, firms need to be fully aware of the service they are receiving, and have control over each element of it.

Downturn in UK manufacturing sector eases sharply in August

Downturn in UK manufacturing sector eases sharply in August

The downturn in the UK manufacturing sector showed signs of easing during August, following a severe contraction in the previous month. The seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) rose to 49.5, from 45.2 in July, a four-month high and only slightly below the 50.0 mark that separates expansion from contraction.

Gartner highlights best practices for supply chain leaders to improve demand planning processes

Gartner highlights best practices for supply chain leaders to improve demand planning processes

A functioning demand-planning process is a key enabler for supply chain organisations, and getting the process right is fundamental to improving demand-planning effectiveness, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner analysts have identified some best practices to help supply chain leaders improve their overall demand-planning processes to deliver against business goals.

How distribution companies can sell more and improve customer satisfaction at the same time

How distribution companies can sell more and improve customer satisfaction at the same time

A Qurius White Paper (August 2012)

Distributors today often find their margins squeezed from all sides. While customers expect their orders to be filled faster and more accurately than ever before, a low price continues to be a primary decision factor.

Fast order from chaos: the high tech industry

Fast order from chaos: the high tech industry

By Alexander Renz, Director of Product Management, Infor.

High Tech is most probably the most dynamic industry to be in. Over the last few years, firms have had to deal with volatile demand as consumers preferences have rapidly changed in view of innovative products and services.

Gartner says Cloud adoption in Europe will trail US by at least two years

Gartner says Cloud adoption in Europe will trail US by at least two years

European privacy rules, multi-country business processes, the euro crisis and a lingering recession will conspire to delay Cloud computing adoption in Europe by at least two years when compared to the US, according to Gartner, Inc.

Manufacturing insolvencies reach three year low

Manufacturing insolvencies reach three year low

The manufacturing sector is benefiting from a more supportive environment. Over the past three years there has been a slow but steady decrease in the number of administrations.

Fragmented mobile payments market will lead to its demise, warns paythru

Fragmented mobile payments market will lead to its demise, warns paythru

According to KPMG, mobile payments are set to reach £591 billion by 2015. Businesses have been quick to respond with Google Wallet, Barclays' Pingit and PayPal's InStore app coming into the fore.

India power failures raise questions about supply chain exposures

India power failures raise questions about supply chain exposures

The recent prolonged and widespread power failures suffered in Northern India have highlighted the potential exposures to businesses which rely on offshore outsourcing to deliver key services to their customers worldwide.

Oracle report shows retailers are accumulating data at unprecedented rates

Oracle report shows retailers are accumulating data at unprecedented rates

Oracle has announced the results of its "From Overload to Impact: An Industry Scorecard on Big Data Business Challenges" report, which surveyed 333 C-level executives from US and Canadian executives from retail and 10 other industries to determine the pain points they face regarding managing the deluge of data coming into their organisations and how well they are using that information to drive profit and growth.