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Automation and Technological Innovation is Crucial to the Future of Ports, Part 1

Reviewing the notes from four terminal conferences, held on three continents, all during the month of April, one cannot help but see the convergence of the industry, globally, on a single major theme: automation. But why now?

6 Ways CMMS Maintenance Software Boosts Workplace Safety

CMMS or computerized maintenance management systems offer a huge variety of benefits for manufacturing facilities, right from streamlining asset management processes to improving daily operations.

Hidden business risks: bans on indirect provisions

Most companies know that they need to screen all business partners against sanctions lists. But are you aware of who owns all the companies you are trading with? How do you manage what’s known as “bans on indirect provisions” in your organisation?

The Robots Are Coming

Fear not. The arrival of robots and AI is far from the beginning of the end for warehouse personnel. The last 35 years or so have already witnessed some remarkable and life-changing technological advancements.

Suppliers are checking you out, are you keeping an eye on them, too?

Most companies will undertake some level of due diligence on their customers for regulatory needs and to set credit terms. Yet due diligence with suppliers, and the supply chain in general, often does not receive the same level of rigour.

6 Ways MES Integration Can Make Manufacturing Leaner

Information sharing between the manufacturing floor and business systems can bring manufacturing to new levels of efficiency.

How ageing infrastructure is leaving retailers behind

Retail technology is constantly changing and retailers are right to want to stay up-to-date, but ageing infrastructure is holding many back. What can be done to ensure retailers don't get left behind?

Q&A: Innovation and customer experience design at EP&PS

The European Post & Parcel Services (EP&PS) conference wrapped up last week and with a conference theme of "Innovation in focus: future trends in postal services and delivery", I was keen to catch up with INFORM, to ask them to share their insights.

Supply chain visibility – the holy grail for customer-focused businesses

The digital age has irreversibly changed expectations in logistics and the supply chain. What do companies need to change to satisfy customers’ demands and stay competitive – now and in the future?

Why retailers should step away from technical couriers and insure themselves against IT downtime

The use of courier services has become common practice across the retail industry - however, the costs they create for the retailer can be substantial.