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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Cybercriminal abuse of rewards points

Cybercriminal abuse of rewards points

By Olivia Rowley and Luke Rodeheffer.

Cybercriminal interest in stolen data is not solely limited to financial or personally identifiable information. In fact, Flashpoint analysts have observed increased Deep & Dark Web chatter pertaining to the exploitation of rewards programmes, especially those associated with travel points.

Mobile marketing set to give Black Friday boost

Mobile marketing set to give Black Friday boost

As retailers prepare for one of the busiest weekends of the year, Friday 24th November (Black Friday), experts predict this year is set to be the busiest on record after 2016 saw a 12.2% increase on the £1.1bn spent on the same day in 2015.

The rise of artificial intelligence – Why the logistics sector needs to innovate to accommodate

The rise of artificial intelligence – Why the logistics sector needs to innovate to accommodate

The logistics industry is ever evolving, one of the major changes being the rise in artificial intelligence, which is inevitably having a major impact across all parts of the distribution chain. Logistic players, both large and small may be left wondering what these changes will mean for a human workforce in the near future. Tony Hughes, CEO of Huthwaite International, discusses the emerging trends in AI, such as voice recognition, as well as the pros and cons of this developing technology for companies.

Commercial telematics market size worth USD 114.28 billion by 2025, according to Hexa Research

Commercial telematics market size worth USD 114.28 billion by 2025, according to Hexa Research

The global commercial telematics market is expected to reach USD 114.28 billion by 2025 on account of to the rapid penetration of smart connectivity systems in passenger cars as well as commercial vehicles.

Procurement and supply chain jobs up 13% in the UK year on year

Procurement and supply chain jobs up 13% in the UK year on year

The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that procurement and supply chain vacancies have risen across the UK, with the number of jobs available in the third quarter of 2017 up 7% compared to the same time last year.

1 in 5 British workers see AI and automation as a threat to their job

1 in 5 British workers see AI and automation as a threat to their job

Over a third of male workers (39%) feel artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will make them better at tackling day-to-day tasks, in contrast to less than a quarter of female workers (24%).

Factories of the Future: 3 Industrial Internet of Things and analytics predictions

Factories of the Future: 3 Industrial Internet of Things and analytics predictions

By Niall O'Doherty, Head of Business Consulting at Think Big Analytics, a Teradata company.

For decades, many industries have integrated data and advanced analytics into their business and digital transformation strategies, enabling them to better inform the decision-making processes and drive competitive advantage.

Inaccurate data has cost businesses millions – how much has it cost you?

Inaccurate data has cost businesses millions – how much has it cost you?

IBM estimates that poor data quality cost the US economy $3.1 Trillion in one year. Research by UK Domain revealed that independent businesses lost £6.1 billion in a year due to missing or inaccurate data on their own websites.

How AI has made industrial manufacturing industrial again

How AI has made industrial manufacturing industrial again

By Shankar Narayanan, Head of UK&I at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

Voice and the omnichannel advantage

Voice and the omnichannel advantage

Within the retail industry, warehouses have traditionally been tasked with fulfilling bulk consignments to the store. This involves putting in place a highly efficient methodology whereby all tasks – from picking and replenishment, to stock moves, stock count, stock cycles etc. – are executed in a highly efficient manner.

By Philip Jarrett, director of sales & marketing, BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd.

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