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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Breaking the fulfilment speed barrier

Breaking the fulfilment speed barrier

Speed of fulfilment was identified as a top challenge for 40% of the companies that responded to a Supply Chain Management Survey carried out for Access.

"The Future of Manufacturing" from IDC Manufacturing- the most comprehensive whitepaper on the issues driving growth in manufacturing

"The Future of Manufacturing" from IDC Manufacturing- the most comprehensive whitepaper on the issues driving growth in manufacturing

You've heard the analysts and blogging pundits point to the manufacturing industry and expound on the new technologies reinvigorating the outlook for growth. But have you heard any of those experts offer reliable advice on what to do about the increasing rate of change and new market demands? Unlikely.

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.