White Papers, Industry Research & Reports

Here are a number of detailed reports created by vendors and independent research analysts and organisations within the manufacturing and supply chain environments. The reports take an-depth look into all aspects of certain manufacturing and supply chain technologies, as well as trends within specific market sectors, executive overviews of ways to improve efficiencies, cost savings, streamline processes, manage inventory, communicate and collaborate with partners, suppliers within manufacturing, production and supply chain/logistics operations.

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Integrated communication landscape - AIDC/Mobile Computing Technology Report- June 2014

Integrated communication landscape - AIDC/Mobile Computing Technology Report- June 2014

In the June 2014 issue of Manufacturing & Logistics IT magazine editor Ed Holden spoke with a number of leading vendors, analysts, systems integrators and distributors about current issues, developments and possible future trends in the world of auto-ID and mobile computing technology.

The truth about supply chain control towers – cutting through the hype

The truth about supply chain control towers – cutting through the hype

Few concepts over the past few years have generated as much interest within the supply chain community as the 'control tower'. It seems that nearly every trade magazine and analyst firm has written about supply chain control towers.

TouchStar 'State of the Union' survey reveals 65% of organisations are planning to invest in new mobile technologies before 2017

TouchStar 'State of the Union' survey reveals 65% of organisations are planning to invest in new mobile technologies before 2017

TouchStar Technologies Ltd., a Belgravium Technologies PLC company and specialists in the design, supply and support of rugged mobile devices has published the results of its first annual 'State of the Union' survey for mobile computing.

Mark of approval - Printing & Labelling Technology Report June 2014

Mark of approval - Printing & Labelling Technology Report June 2014

In the June 2014 issue of Manufacturing & Logistics IT magazine editor Ed Holden spoke with a number of leading vendors and analysts from the printing & labelling sector about recent, ongoing and possible future developments in this all-important technology space.

Achieving operational excellence with real-time plant floor visibility

Achieving operational excellence with real-time plant floor visibility

This IDC Manufacturing Insights' White Paper discusses the results of our most recent research analyzing the trends of manufacturing operations management. We conducted a survey of over 240 European manufacturing enterprises across multiple sectors including consumer packaged goods (CPG), high-tech/electronics, discrete manufacturing, and process manufacturing.

72% of businesses in Europe face tech deficit

72% of businesses in Europe face tech deficit

A research report commissioned by Colt Technology Services has identified a tech deficit, which affects almost three quarters (72%) of European businesses.

Companies failing to utilise full potential of mobility

Companies failing to utilise full potential of mobility

The corporate embrace of mobile technologies continues, but new research released today by CompTIA, the ICT Industry Trade Association, suggests many companies have yet to implement new policies and processes to tap into mobility's full potential.

Whitepaper: Planning for sporadic & slow-moving parts

Whitepaper: Planning for sporadic & slow-moving parts

This whitepaper looks at the challenge of managing forecasts for sporadic and/or slow moving parts within the normal business forecasting processes.

It discusses techniques that have been developed to accurately forecast demand and efficiently manage the inventory for such items. Download the report here.

New report shows businesses failing to realise ROI from IT investments

New report shows businesses failing to realise ROI from IT investments

According to new research, only one in four companies (25%) in EMEA meet the definition of a ‘Transformer’ – a company that describes its use of IT infrastructure to drive “innovation excellence.” The success of Transformer companies is supported by a number of metrics.

Seven methods that improve forecasting accuracy

Seven methods that improve forecasting accuracy

According to Gartner, companies that excel at demand forecasting average 15% less inventory, 17% stronger perfect order fulfilment , 35% shorter cash-to-cash cycle times, and one-tenth as many stock-outs as their peers.