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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RFID is on the rise – and DENSO joins in: Experts for mobile data capture at the 'RFID & Wireless iOT tomorrow 2017'

RFID is on the rise – and DENSO joins in: Experts for mobile data capture at the 'RFID & Wireless iOT tomorrow 2017'

Companies are willing to invest in the digital transformation of their business. This was recently shown in the results of the 'Digital Change Study' done by business software provider IFS.

'One in ten IT SME bosses understand new data protection regulations'

'One in ten IT SME bosses understand new data protection regulations'

The latest Aldermore small and medium sized business owners (SMEs) Future Attitudes study has stated that just over one in ten (12%) SME owners in the IT sector fully understand what the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) actually means for their business and have taken the appropriate steps to prepare themselves for it.

The Supercomputing Race depends on Network Security

The Supercomputing Race depends on Network Security

By Alastair Hartrup, Global CEO of Network Critical.

The speed and processing power of modern day computers is astonishing. High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies are developing at an astronomical rate.

Finding the right EDI provider

Finding the right EDI provider

Having the right EDI provider is vital. Stefan Köhler, Sales Director at Data Interchange offers guidance on what makes a good one.

SME manufacturers in the UK are more confident around revenue growth, despite Brexit uncertainties, skills shortages and production cost rises

SME manufacturers in the UK are more confident around revenue growth, despite Brexit uncertainties, skills shortages and production cost rises

The sixth annual MHA Manufacturing and Engineering report, compiled by MHA, the UK-wide group of accountancy and business advisory firms, supported by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking and in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, reveals an industry delivering revenue growth and with increased optimism this will continue in the coming year.

British businesses are unprepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with just 3% of employers viewed as 'leading edge'

British businesses are unprepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with just 3% of employers viewed as 'leading edge'

Most British businesses are seemingly unprepared for the dramatic technology developments set to reshape the workplace in the next decade, according to the findings of a research report released by TalkTalk Business.

Supply chain friction costs businesses 6,500 hours a year

Supply chain friction costs businesses 6,500 hours a year

Study reveals UK businesses are wasting time and money handling the payment process. The average UK business loses £88,725 per year through clunky payment practices causing friction in their supply chain, according to new research by Tungsten Network.

Lack of sick pay leaves manufacturing employees on financial cliff edge

Lack of sick pay leaves manufacturing employees on financial cliff edge

Two in three workers are at risk of financial shock if they fall ill, according to a nationwide report published by health and wellbeing provider BHSF.

End-to-end automation drives supply chain efficiencies

End-to-end automation drives supply chain efficiencies

The eCommerce boom has transformed manufacturing, retail and 3PL. Driven by growing customer demand for faster delivery times, added convenience and a seamless multichannel experience, organisations face unprecedented pressure to gain efficiencies, improve accuracy and reduce costs at every stage of the supply chain.

European workers identify digital empowerment as key to plugging the productivity gap

European workers identify digital empowerment as key to plugging the productivity gap

Europe's workforce is calling for innovative technology and digital solutions to increase their productivity, according to a study commissioned by Ricoh Europe.

65% of the 3,600 workers surveyed say automation technology will enable them to be more productive, while 52% agree that artificial intelligence will have a positive impact on their role.