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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Optimise inventory with true multi-echelon planning

Optimise inventory with true multi-echelon planning

By Rod Daughtery, Blue Ridge.

As you reflect back on the language of retail and distribution, it is interesting to see how the description has changed over the years. While the actual functional areas change, there are also new buzzwords that come about.

Not so much a bang but a little sparkle from November sales

Not so much a bang but a little sparkle from November sales

Bonfire night and Black Friday sales seemed to hold up the November Retail Sales, but food price inflation continues to hit consumers' pockets, says one retail expert.

How to keep your warehouse in sync with sales promotions

How to keep your warehouse in sync with sales promotions

By Eric Carter, solutions architect, Indigo Software.

Everyone loves a bargain and there are always plenty to be had at this time of year in the run up to Christmas.

Intelligent transportation systems enable growth and innovation in mobility infrastructures

Intelligent transportation systems enable growth and innovation in mobility infrastructures

With increasing pressure on cities' mobility infrastructures due to rising urbanisation, city governments all over the world are constructing new roads, bridges and tunnels, and using intelligent transportation systems (ITS), to mitigate transportation-related challenges and requirements.

'Bumper' orders continue for manufacturers through to year end – CBI

'Bumper' orders continue for manufacturers through to year end – CBI

Manufacturing order books were stable and close to a 30 year high in the three months to December, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

How to keep your warehouse in sync with sales promotions

How to keep your warehouse in sync with sales promotions

By Eric Carter, solutions architect at Indigo Software.

Everyone loves a bargain and there are always plenty to be had at this time of year in the run up to Christmas.

WatchGuard uncovers surge in script-based attacks amid spike in overall malware volume

WatchGuard uncovers surge in script-based attacks amid spike in overall malware volume

WatchGuard's latest quarterly Internet Security Report, which explores the computer and network security threats affecting small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and distributed enterprises, has revealed substantial increases in scripting attacks and overall malware attempts against midsize companies throughout Q3 2017.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT - December 2017 Reference Annual

Manufacturing & Logistics IT - December 2017 Reference Annual

The December 2017 Reference Annual edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT features a Special Technology Report on Big Data Analytics

For this report, we spoke with a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent developments within this fascinating technology space.

In addition, this edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT features a round-up of other exclusive Special Technology Reports from 2017.

Truck empty-running the target of new collaborative research initiative

Truck empty-running the target of new collaborative research initiative

Work has started on FreightShare Lab (FSL), a new collaborative research project focused on tackling the transport inefficiencies associated with empty and partially laden truck-running. UK Government statistics, released in October, indicate that over 30% of all truck journeys are made when trucks are empty (i.e. without a load being carried).

Accelerate manufacturing innovation with secure access controls

Accelerate manufacturing innovation with secure access controls

By Stuart Facey, VP EMEA, Bomgar.

Manufacturing is going through a technological resurgence that is transforming the modern factory. Today we are seeing data-driven factories, with an unstoppable integration of connected systems and devices.

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