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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British tech CEO Jones hails 'critically important' data laws

British tech CEO Jones hails 'critically important' data laws

Lawrence Jones MBE, the CEO of British data hosting and cloud computing specialist UKFast, is hailing the government announcement on the regulation of personal data.

Brexit uncertainty will lead to tough survival decisions for ICT businesses

Brexit uncertainty will lead to tough survival decisions for ICT businesses

The ICT (information and communications technology) sector is being hampered by uncertainty caused by Brexit with a slowdown in growth, thin margins and fierce competition, reports trade credit insurer Atradius.

The Industrial Internet 2.0: driving profitability

The Industrial Internet 2.0: driving profitability

By Jason Dies, President, Document Messaging Technologies, Pitney Bowes.

From toasters to dog collars, thermostats to hair brushes, our hyperconnected world is transforming the way we live.

UK shoppers more likely to be positive in on-line reviews than negative

UK shoppers more likely to be positive in on-line reviews than negative

UK shoppers are more likely to post a positive on-line review than one that is negative, research by global reviews and customer insights company Feefo has found.

French election victory reduces supply chain risk in Europe

French election victory reduces supply chain risk in Europe

Western and Central Europe's contribution to global supply chain risk fell in Q2 2017 to 29.94%, compared with 30.14% in Q1, according to the CIPS Risk Index, powered by Dun & Bradstreet.

Stores dominate as primary sales channel and will continue to play a key role in retail’s future, finds Qmatic

Stores dominate as primary sales channel and will continue to play a key role in retail’s future, finds Qmatic

Research from Qmatic UK Ltd, which leads the market in customer journey management solutions, has revealed that the majority of sales for multi-channel retailers in the UK still come from in-store transactions.

Manufacturing SMEs in line with national average for business savings

Manufacturing SMEs in line with national average for business savings

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing and engineering sector hold an average £444,000 in business savings accounts, according to new research from specialist challenger bank Hampshire Trust Bank.

Increased appetite for last mile logistics boosts H1 returns, says CBRE

Increased appetite for last mile logistics boosts H1 returns, says CBRE

The Logistics property sector recorded a 5.0% total return for the first half of 2017, according to figures released in the CBRE UK Logistics Index.

Confidence in disaster recovery plans falls for second consecutive year

Confidence in disaster recovery plans falls for second consecutive year

New research from business continuity and disaster recovery service provider, Databarracks, has revealed that organisations are now less confident in their ability to recover from an incident. Contributing factors include a lack of testing, budgetary constraints and the growing cyber threat landscape.

Investors take interest in Online-Pricing-Platforms: Logistics Start-up Cargonexx is in the Fast Lane in Europe

Investors take interest in Online-Pricing-Platforms:  Logistics Start-up Cargonexx is in the Fast Lane in Europe

According to the venture capital data firm CB Insights, logistic tech start-ups are on track for their first billion-dollar year in cumulative funding after already having raised $583M across 33 deals in 2017.