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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IoT enabling the experience-based retailer

IoT enabling the experience-based retailer

The Internet of Things (IoT) will be pivotal in shaping the experience-based retailer of the future, says Beecham Research in its new 'Internet of Retail Market Brief'.

Government Office for Science to address transport challenges of the future at Microlise Transport Conference

Government Office for Science to address transport challenges of the future at Microlise Transport Conference

A senior UK policy maker, who supports the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser in providing advice directly to the Prime Minister, will speak at the Microlise Transport Conference on the 17 May.

Manufacturing SMEs optimistic about post brexit opportunities

Manufacturing SMEs optimistic about post brexit opportunities

Almost half of SMEs (49%) across the manufacturing sector have aspirations for growth over the next three months, compared with only 31% six months ago immediately after the EU referendum, according to the new quarterly research from Hitachi Capital's British Business Barometer.

RFID: Fact or Fiction?

RFID: Fact or Fiction?

By Andrew Blatherwick, Chairman, RELEX Solutions.

The industry may have been talking about RFID for 20 years, but it still has not come into common use or delivered significant value to retailers.

AI will power 95% of customer interactions by 2025, says Servion

AI will power 95% of customer interactions by 2025, says Servion

Businesses are failing to prepare for a future led by Artificial Intelligence (AI), virtual reality, augmented reality and holograms, Servion Global Solutions has warned.

Beyond ERP; how manufacturers can become a digital enterprise

Beyond ERP; how manufacturers can become a digital enterprise

By Phil Lewis. Vice President, Solution Consulting EMEA at Infor.

As manufacturers strive to be on the front line of innovation, they must stop, look, listen and plan their strategy for being the Digital Enterprise of the future.

As food waste hits the business agenda, manufacturing should be a priority as a profitable waste reduction target, says InfinityQS

As food waste hits the business agenda, manufacturing should be a priority as a profitable waste reduction target, says InfinityQS

Champions 12.3, an international coalition dedicated to moving the world towards halving the amount of global food waste by 2030, has released research demonstrating how organisations can save $14 (approximately £12) for every $1 (approximately 80p) invested in reducing food waste.

Survey reveals a need for EDI integration among ERP users

Survey reveals a need for EDI integration among ERP users

Almost 88% of EDI users have an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, a MRP (Materials Resource Planning) system or other planning system, according to a survey of companies conducted recently by leading EDI company, Data Interchange.

The need to systemise critical business processes could mean the end of the spreadsheet, suggests Crimson & Co

The need to systemise critical business processes could mean the end of the spreadsheet, suggests Crimson & Co

Organisations can no longer afford to be heavily reliant on spreadsheet programmes to manage increasingly complex planning processes.

According to Eddie Groom, Consultant at global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co, spreadsheets are often introduced as a temporary technology to support planning and modelling processes, but typically end up taking permanent residence within an organisation, leading to massive deficiencies amongst critical business practices.

Retailers losing out to hidden 'soft costs' as staff plug the gap left by 'no frills' IT warranties

Retailers losing out to hidden 'soft costs' as staff plug the gap left by 'no frills' IT warranties

Retailers opting for basic warranties for their IT equipment are losing money through hidden 'soft costs' associated with standard 'Back Door Fix' services, leading to further delays, poor staff time utilisation and lost sales, warn experts at Barron McCann.