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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It was a 'Mardy March' for retail sales

It was a 'Mardy March' for retail sales

The Retail Sales Statistics for March 2017 revealed a month-on-month drop in sales, despite the spike in spending for Mother's Day.

UK manufactured goods in demand with strong domestic and export performance - CBI

UK manufactured goods in demand with strong domestic and export performance - CBI

The UK's manufacturers have reported strong growth in orders both at home and from abroad over the first quarter of 2017, although costs and prices have also continued to rise at an elevated pace, according to the latest quarterly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

Digitalisation will launch logistics industry to new heights of innovation

Digitalisation will launch logistics industry to new heights of innovation

The ongoing trend of digitalisation will launch the logistics industry to new heights of innovation. Greater availability and quality of data lays the foundation for better integration of transport service providers.

Only 34 per cent of manufacturing executives believe their staff take cyber security seriously

Only 34 per cent of manufacturing executives believe their staff take cyber security seriously

The government's Cyber Security Breaches Survey: 2017 demonstrates UK business' soft underbelly when it comes to cyber-attack vulnerability.

Eurozone manufacturing industry at a six-year high and still growing

Eurozone manufacturing industry at a six-year high and still growing

Markit Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data shows a continued upturn in the sector, now at a six-year high and counting... Figures show a particular boost in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Retailers urged not to overlook reverse logistics as pressure to boost profits in 2017 continues to mount

Retailers urged not to overlook reverse logistics as pressure to boost profits in 2017 continues to mount

Retailers are failing to adequately review the efficiency of their reverse supply chains, particularly when it comes to the quick and effective disposal of returned, excess and unwanted stock, claims retail expert Howard Rosenberg, CEO of B-Stock Solutions.

'Action gap' in global retail

'Action gap' in global retail

Retailers across the world are aware a threatening combination of transforming forces are disrupting their industry, with 98% of executives recognising that the sector is set for fundamental change.

3D printing’s proposition to the retail & exhibition markets

3D printing’s proposition to the retail & exhibition markets

Although to some retailers, 3D printing might seem like a relatively new phenomenon, it has in fact been around for over three decades, transforming the production processes within the manufacturing world.

Broadening horizons- ERP Special Technology Report - March 2017

Broadening horizons- ERP Special Technology Report - March 2017

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke to a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent trends and ongoing areas of development within the world of ERP – including those concerning integration, Cloud/SaaS and Big Data.

British CIOs must shift balance from keeping the lights on to innovation

British CIOs must shift balance from keeping the lights on to innovation

Research by managed services provider Claranet has revealed that UK IT departments are spending less time than their European colleagues on innovation, instead demonstrating a preference for operational projects and maintenance tasks.