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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Predictive Asset Maintenance: The business benefits – and how to prove them

Predictive Asset Maintenance: The business benefits – and how to prove them

By Marat Otarov, Data Scientist, Think Big Analytics

In today's digital landscape, asset management systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated, introducing new data sources and a data-driven approach: weather data, asset information and sensor data from equipment can be integrated and fed to machine learning algorithms to predict and prevent failures and disruptions.

Product recall risks growing in size and number, as technology drives new triggers, warns Allianz

Product recall risks growing in size and number, as technology drives new triggers, warns Allianz

A faulty pedal causes a car to inadvertently accelerate. An outbreak of contaminated peanuts results in a 25% industry-wide reduction in sales.

The convergence of blockchain and SD-WAN in manufacturing

The convergence of blockchain and SD-WAN in manufacturing

Atchison Frazer of Talari, explores how two emerging technologies are coming together to help shape the future of manufacturing and supply chain IT.

Manufacturers end year with plenty of festive cheer – EEF/BDO Survey

Manufacturers end year with plenty of festive cheer – EEF/BDO Survey

Britain's manufacturers are ending the year with a bang on the back of the continued improvement in global demand and increased export performance, according to a major survey published by EEF, the manufacturers' organisation and accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP.

Only 12 per cent of manufacturing employees would share a mental health problem with their employers

Only 12 per cent of manufacturing employees would share a mental health problem with their employers

New research by Benenden has revealed the extent to which mental health remains a taboo subject in the workplace, with only one employee in 10 (12 per cent) working in the manufacturing sector admitting they would confide in their employer if they suffered with an illness.

Countering the threats of social engineering

Countering the threats of social engineering

By Andrew Avanessian, COO at Avecto.

The manufacturing industry is a cornerstone of the world's economy, contributing trillions of pounds every year. The powerhouses of China, the USA and the UK alone account for over $3 trillion.

Problem-free SD-WAN migration in a connected world

Problem-free SD-WAN migration in a connected world

10 steps to a smooth SD-WAN transition.

Every organization wants to deploy SD-WAN with minimal disruption to their day-to-day business operations. We’ve put together 10 steps for a frictionless SD-WAN implementation. They draw on NTT Communications’ experience of deploying the technology for many different companies across multiple sectors.

Gartner announces rankings of its 2017 Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25

Gartner announces rankings of its 2017 Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25

Gartner, Inc. has released its ninth annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The ranking recognises companies across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving human life at sustainable costs.

UK businesses need to get used to ‘failing fast’ to get out of the productivity doldrums, says Claranet

UK businesses need to get used to ‘failing fast’ to get out of the productivity doldrums, says Claranet

The UK will struggle to plug its productivity gap until British businesses can afford to take more risks and embrace a 'fail fast' philosophy.

Black Friday week – don’t forget the importance of your returns strategy

Black Friday week – don’t forget the importance of your returns strategy

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch.

As we head towards Black Friday, retailers are once again fully focussed on what will be the biggest UK shopping period of the year. With analysts predicting that consumers will spend in excess of £7 billion over Black Friday week in 2017, retailers can be forgiven for adopting a 'stack 'em high and ship 'em fast' mentality, in a bid to cash in.

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