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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Why CPG companies and retailers must address the gap in digital transformations

Why CPG companies and retailers must address the gap in digital transformations

Millennials as a consumer group are expected to spend $10 trillion over their lifetimes in the USA alone.

Enterprise Resource Planning system helps manufacturing company reduce lead times

Enterprise Resource Planning system helps manufacturing company reduce lead times

By Chip Johns, President and Chief Operating Officer, Butler Automatic Inc.

Why would a relatively small business choose to make the significant investment needed to implement an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system?

2016 the year of economic nationalism as supply chain risk reaches record high

2016 the year of economic nationalism as supply chain risk reaches record high

Global supply chain risk grew to a record high at the end of 2016 as the CIPS Risk Index, powered by Dun & Bradstreet, rose to 82.64, from 79.14 at the end of 2015.

Manufacturing driving production increase in the UK but IoT investment must not leave Britain behind

Manufacturing driving production increase in the UK but IoT investment must not leave Britain behind

UK manufacturing contributed to a 1.1 percent increase in total production between November and December 2016, according to Office for National Statistics figures.

Why CRM is essential for effective contact centre engagement

Why CRM is essential for effective contact centre engagement

Colin Hay, VP Sales, Intelecom UK looks at the advantages of smarter CRM.

Customer relationship management (CRM) is a moving target of definitions and associations. Even full time professional industry watchers have to update their standard definitions to reflect the evolution of a market that Gartner forecasts will be worth US$36.7 billion in 2017.

Let your ERP do the talking

Let your ERP do the talking

By Michiel Schipperus, CEO, Sana Commerce.

With investment in ERP pretty much a certainty, most manufacturers have sweated both time and money to build, integrate and automate their back office functions and are now reaping the rewards associated with improved product planning, purchasing and delivery.

Streamlining processes yields savings and efficiency gains

Streamlining processes yields savings and efficiency gains

By Chip Johns, President and Chief Operating Officer, Butler Automatic Inc.

Why would a relatively small business choose to make the significant investment needed to implement an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system?

Why sellers could leave Amazon’s cargo airline grounded

Why sellers could leave Amazon’s cargo airline grounded

By Jonathan Bellwood, Founder & CEO, Peoplevox.

As the global retailing giant strives to maintain maximum share of shoppers' wallets, Amazon is now investing 1.5bn dollars in an air cargo hub to support a fleet of "Prime Air" freight planes.

Over 41% of companies without EDI

Over 41% of companies without EDI

Over 41% of businesses have no electronic data interchange (EDI) capability and 21% just use web portals, a new survey conducted by leading EDI company, Data Interchange, reveals.

50% of UK management candidates lack leadership skills

50% of UK management candidates lack leadership skills

Every second candidate applying for a management level position is lacking leadership skills, according to UK HR directors.

New research by Robert Half UK of 200 HR directors also revealed that nearly one in five (18%) management candidates fall short on planning skills, with 15% lacking functional, job-related skills and 14% lacking communication skills.