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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Manufacturing is one of Britain’s deadliest industries killing 214 for £32k a year

Manufacturing is one of Britain’s deadliest industries killing 214 for £32k a year

First4Lawyers study analyses decade of workplace death data as well as yearly salaries to find out which is the deadliest industry to work in and how much you get paid for it.

UK customer experience worsening as social media performance slumps

UK customer experience worsening as social media performance slumps

UK brands are struggling to cope with a rising volume of queries and growing consumer expectations, according to the Eptica Multichannel Customer Conversation Study, which was released today.

UK businesses divided as SMBs play catch-up

UK businesses divided as SMBs play catch-up

New research conducted by Altodigital has revealed a startling divide between the attitudes and strategy of SMBs in comparison to larger organisations when it comes to tackling a range of crucial IT issues such as security, print services and digital transformation.

EEF - Budget will be make or break on business investment warn manufacturers

EEF - Budget will be make or break on business investment warn manufacturers

Amidst warnings of more disappointing productivity growth to come, downgrades to the public finances and Brexit related uncertainty, Britain's manufacturers are urging the Chancellor to use his available ammunition to boost investment and improve industry competitiveness in the forthcoming Budget.

How Chatbots are changing UX/UI for the better

How Chatbots are changing UX/UI for the better

By Jake Davis, Design Director at Pocket App.

Mobile apps have been continually progressing for some years and the power of mobile applications remains very strong.

Driving down the cost of last-mile delivery

Driving down the cost of last-mile delivery

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO NetDespatch.

I read a thought-provoking article recently which talked about how the 'last mile', though extremely inefficient, is the final frontier of logistics and the costs, whilst an absolute necessity, are burdensome to supply chains.

Total economic impact study reveals Epicor ERP customers can achieve 264% ROI

Total economic impact study reveals Epicor ERP customers can achieve 264% ROI

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced the availability of a new Total Economic Impact (TEI) study that examines the potential return on investment (ROI) companies can achieve with the Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite.

The October 2017 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The October 2017 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The October 2017 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT features a Special Technology Report on WMS/Voice-directed picking.

For this report, we spoke with a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent developments within the Warehouse Management System and Voice-directed picking space – including those concerning SaaS/Cloud and Big Data.

Why traditional manufacturing theories don't work

Why traditional manufacturing theories don't work

Complexity and variability are the new norm in modern business. Changing customer behaviour, shorter product lifecycles and a rising complexity in global supply chains is making life increasingly difficult for production planners.

Digital transformation driven by increasing competitive threats rather than innovation

Digital transformation driven by increasing competitive threats rather than innovation

Competitive pressure is driving 70% of digital transformation projects globally, according to new research

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