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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Increased disruption will create new imperatives to modernise the mainframe in 2017

Increased disruption will create new imperatives to modernise the mainframe in 2017

As businesses face new pressures to modernise their operations, 2017 will see an inflexion point when legacy mainframes cease being an asset and become a liability.

Research reveals worrying lack of cyber security among UK manufacturing organisations, with over half lacking a digital brand protection plan

Research reveals worrying lack of cyber security among UK manufacturing organisations, with over half lacking a digital brand protection plan

Research from RiskIQ on the state of digital risk management in large, UK organisations, reveals that while 85 percent of C-Suite and senior managers in the manufacturing industry are concerned about the vulnerability of their websites, mobile applications and social media accounts to cyber attack and impersonation, half (52 percent) do not have a digital brand protection programme or team in place.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT editorial planner 2017

Manufacturing & Logistics IT editorial planner 2017

During 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics IT will continue to feature a series of ‘cover story’ end-user interviews from the manufacturing, logistics and retail environments.Also, in each issue of the magazine we will continue to run a specific technology report with comment from the vendor and analyst community.

Manufacturers expect to grow in 2017 despite Brexit disruption, research shows

Manufacturers expect to grow in 2017 despite Brexit disruption, research shows

More than two thirds of manufacturing firms are expecting to grow this year despite the impact of Brexit - that's according to the findings of a newly published Business Census 2017 report.

Optimising goods-in efficiencies

Optimising goods-in efficiencies

For manufacturers, an effective goods-in regime – i.e. taking delivery of components and raw materials for production/sub-assembly and booking them in quickly and accurately – is key to production and storage good practice. However, for many companies this ideal remains a goal rather than a reality.

Retailers must utilise current growth amid 2017 uncertainty

Retailers must utilise current growth amid 2017 uncertainty

2016 has been the year of many U-turn events affecting the British economy, none more so than the Brexit vote. However, according to latest Bank of England report on business conditions, retail has seen an unforeseen growth in the final quarter of 2016 despite this political action.

BMW Group to start research with IBM Watson

BMW Group to start research with IBM Watson

IBM has announced a new collaboration with the BMW Group, through which the companies will work together to explore the role of Watson cognitive computing in personalising the driving experience and creating more intuitive driver support systems for cars of the future.

Is price the only weapon in the retailer’s armoury?

Is price the only weapon in the retailer’s armoury?

By Andrew Blatherwick, Chairman, RELEX Solutions.

Retail is one of today's most dynamic industries with a constant flow of new ideas, new products and ways to entice customers into the store.

NordVPN analyses online privacy situation and offers predictions for 2017

NordVPN analyses online privacy situation and offers predictions for 2017

It's clear that 2016 was probably the worst year ever in online privacy - considering increasingly restrictive surveillance laws of governments around the world, major online hacks - such as compromised accounts of over a million Yahoo users - and authoritarian regimes blocking Internet to restrict the freedom of speech.

Failure to automate data collection processes is hampering the digital transformation of manufacturing firms, warns InfinityQS

Failure to automate data collection processes is hampering the digital transformation of manufacturing firms, warns InfinityQS

Despite digital transformation being seen as a critical issue at board-level, research from InfinityQS has revealed that organisations are failing to automate their quality management and data capture methods.