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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Quad-core vs hexa-core – why a sports car is not always faster than a hatchback

Quad-core vs hexa-core – why a sports car is not always faster than a hatchback

In logistics or the trade sector, optimised internal mechanisms are a key part of high-quality production processes.

Bridging the complexity gap

Bridging the complexity gap

By Stephen Hardy, Managing Director, FPX Ltd.

The business-to-business (B2B) sales ecosystem is an inherently complex space which presents challenges to manufacturers. Regardless of what you sell, how you sell it, and who you're selling to, there are numerous obstacles to ensuring the right product gets to the right customer at the right price via the customer's preferred channel.

The Cloud offers distributors a silver lining for managing product information

The Cloud offers distributors a silver lining for managing product information

By Colin Wells, Pimberly.

Consumers have more choice and make greater demands than ever before. More products, more channels through which to buy them, more ways to take delivery. But as distributors, more choice means more complexity and more data to manage.

A closer look at Industry 4.0

A closer look at Industry 4.0

By Arno Ham, Chief Product Officer, Sana Commerce.

Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution has been tabled as a radical change ahead for the manufacturing and production sectors. It'll be brought through the integration of the Internet of Things, cloud computing, data integration and other 'game changing' technological developments as the new 'beating heart' within production and manufacturing systems.

Communication breakdown - the big mistakes that can make negotiations in the logistics sector fail

Communication breakdown - the big mistakes that can make negotiations in the logistics sector fail

A study from Huthwaite International, specialists in sales and negotiations in the logistics industry, has revealed the five most common errors negotiators are making that can risk both parties walking away from the table dissatisfied, unhappy, and in some cases, without a deal at all.

Tech sector SMEs – flagbearers for diversity?

Tech sector SMEs – flagbearers for diversity?

The Aldermore SME Future Attitudes report reveals that over two thirds (69%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the IT sector say they have a diverse workforce, with nearly half (45%) stating that improving diversity in the workplace is a focus over the next 12 months.

The revision of ISO 22000 on food management moves one step further

The revision of ISO 22000 on food management moves one step further

Revision is ongoing for ISO 22000 on food safety management systems, which has just reached the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage. The revised standard will incorporate a new core structure as well as recognised key elements to ensure food safety at every step of the food chain.

More businesses to manage data on hybrid cloud

More businesses to manage data on hybrid cloud

Gartner reports that half of all enterprise content will be machine authored, as well as managed on hybrid cloud systems by 2018.

Apple's announcements signal that the ship will soon sail on voice-activated technology

Apple's announcements signal that the ship will soon sail on voice-activated technology

As the announcements from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference sink in, developers will seek to unpack the implications of the new technology in a range of settings.

IT and business compete for the Digital Transformation crown, finds CIF research

IT and business compete for the Digital Transformation crown, finds CIF research

IT directors believe that cloud adoption in their organisation is driven principally by their IT function as part of a technology strategy, rather than the need for change driven by business decision makers. This is according to the latest research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF).