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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Mobilising and managing supply chains on the go

Mobilising and managing supply chains on the go

By Paul Swaddle, Co-Founder, Pocket App.

All types of transportation services, whether trucking, public transport, aircraft, charter & shuttle bus services, railroads or shipping, and the warehouses that support them, are drowning in paperwork.

New technologies revolutionising the omni-channel experience

New technologies revolutionising the omni-channel experience

A strong omni-channel B2B customer strategy is vital for many manufacturers these days, but it must go beyond simply ensuring the online experience matches the offline experience, to fully support the buyer throughout the entire, often complex sales process – however they choose to buy, says Michiel Schipperus, CEO, Sana Commerce.

Cisco survey reveals close to three-fourths of IoT projects are failing

Cisco survey reveals close to three-fourths of IoT projects are failing

IDC predicts that the worldwide installed base of Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints will grow from 14.9 billion at the end of 2016 to more than 82 billion in 20251.

Skills shortage is top risk facing manufacturers, survey finds

Skills shortage is top risk facing manufacturers, survey finds

New statistics, taken from a manufacturing industry survey by audit, tax and consulting firm RSM, show that recruiting and retaining talent is a top risk for the sector.

Print management software can be a crucial pillar in a sound financial strategy, says Y Soft

Print management software can be a crucial pillar in a sound financial strategy, says Y Soft

As organisations deal with a growing need to remain competitive, finance teams are faced with the constantly expanding challenge of effectively managing budgets.

£15.5bn invested in deals between manufacturing corporates and UK SMEs since 2013

£15.5bn invested in deals between manufacturing corporates and UK SMEs since 2013

Deals between large manufacturing companies and UK SMEs are widespread with more than 770 since April 2013, known to have exceeded £15.5bn.

BSI's Global Supply Chain Intelligence report reveals top supply chain risks in 2016

BSI's Global Supply Chain Intelligence report reveals top supply chain risks in 2016

In 2016 global supply chains continued to face a range of security, social responsibility, and business continuity risks, with many of these issues provoked by one another. BSI noted multiple incidents that started out as a security, social responsibility, or a business continuity risk that cascaded into other supply chain issues.

PodsystemM2M and Anytrek respond to growing trend in 'strategic' cargo theft through covert tracking device

PodsystemM2M and Anytrek respond to growing trend in 'strategic' cargo theft through covert tracking device

Cybercriminals are not limited to hackers on the web. Businesses lose more than US $55bn a year due to interruptions in the supply chain according to a report from BSI.

Amazon Business: a viable alternative to B2B e-Commerce?

Amazon Business: a viable alternative to B2B e-Commerce?

By Michiel Schipperus, CEO of Sana Commerce.

In April Amazon's growing business offering officially opened its doors in the UK. Although the online marketplace has been eyeing the B2B market with intent since the launch of Amazon Supply in 2012, the arrival of Amazon Business represents its biggest step yet to appeal to corporate procurement.

Businesses preparing to sever supply chain ties between the UK and the EU to avoid Brexit tariffs

Businesses preparing to sever supply chain ties between the UK and the EU to avoid Brexit tariffs

Businesses either side of the English Channel are preparing contingency plans which could sever supply chains between the UK and EU, according to the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).