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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The Importance of being Agile...

The Importance of being Agile...

The evolving role of mobile computing in food and convenience retailing....an executive brief by Datalogic.

Every day the food and grocery industry feeds nearly 64 million people, living in over 27 million households across the UK. A feat that can only be achieved through the combined efforts of many hundreds of thousands of people working across different parts of the grocery supply chain.

Digital supply chains mean better planning for large-scale projects

Digital supply chains mean better planning for large-scale projects

Digitalisation paves the way for more reliable planning when implementing complex, large-scale projects and the accompanying logistics processes.

UK manufacturing sector holds the line as bad debt looms, data from Creditsafe reveals

UK manufacturing sector holds the line as bad debt looms, data from Creditsafe reveals

Building on its recovery last quarter, the UK manufacturing sector has posted another solid performance across key financial indicators, as sales rose 3.94% and active companies increased by 16.66% year-on-year, according to new figures from the Creditsafe Watchdog Report.

Multi-tasking Brits are embracing mobile working…but it’s not as easy as it could be

Multi-tasking Brits are embracing mobile working…but it’s not as easy as it could be

Dubber today announced the findings of research designed to better understand how prevalent mobile working is in the UK, and how well supported workers are to maximise productivity when away from their desk.

Brexit has transformed SMEs' recruitment strategies

Brexit has transformed SMEs' recruitment strategies

Half of SMEs (50%) have changed the way they recruit as a result of Brexit, according to research from Albion Capital, the leading independent investment manager.

Half of UK businesses are fearful robotic process automation will drive them out of business

Half of UK businesses are fearful robotic process automation will drive them out of business

A recent OnePoll survey for Ultima has found more than half (57 per cent) of the UK's SMEs fear big businesses use of robotic process automation will help to drive them out of business in the next five years, yet 10 per cent believe that automating repetitive, time-consuming tasks is not important to their success.

Big Data Analytics – realising the potential

Big Data Analytics – realising the potential

Big Data is an increasingly coined term used to reference the vast, varied and often complex sources of information now available to businesses. Through the sophisticated algorithms built into modern Big Data Analytics tools, valuable business insight can be derived through harvesting better structured, relevant data from manifold unstructured sources.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent developments within the Big Data Analytics arena.

On the road to a greener 2018: How digital transformation enables sustainable logistics

On the road to a greener 2018: How digital transformation enables sustainable logistics

By Kushal Nahata, CEO of FarEye.

The logistics industry generates around 6% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to the findings of the Global Logistics Emission Council (GLEC) Framework.

Retailers face £2.3bn worth of failed deliveries during the Christmas trading period

Retailers face £2.3bn worth of failed deliveries during the Christmas trading period

With the average Brit planning to spend £255 on Christmas gifts online, failed deliveries present a significant challenge to retailers during peak trading, research from the latest report by Sorted, the delivery experience company, warns.

The future is bright for UK manufacuring, says adi Group

The future is bright for UK manufacuring, says adi Group

A recent report by Santander and EEF has highlighted the growth potential of the UK manufacturing sector. A welcome change from the doom and gloom of recent years, the report found that the sector generates 10 per cent of the UK's total economic output and produces a staggering 44 per cent of the goods and services we export to international markets.

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