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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The retail sector must respond to intranet underperformance

The retail sector must respond to intranet underperformance

The underperformance of intranets can no longer be ignored by the retail sector. Jonathan Seal, Strategy Director at User Experience experts Mando Group examines the problem.

Valuing a close connection

Valuing a close connection

A new ING study measures the strength of the connection and shows what major benefits have resulted from the economic relationship between Western and Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) over the last 25 years.

Budget restrictions could create technology capability gap within transportation industry

Budget restrictions could create technology capability gap within transportation industry

Results of a recent survey by DA Systems into attitudes towards technology amongst firms within the UK transport and logistics industries highlighted that whilst the majority believed in the importance of technology to create a superior service offering, getting access to the financial and operational backing required to make the necessary investments still remains an issue for many companies.

June 2014 Issue

June 2014 Issue

Special Technology Reports:
AIDC/Mobile Computers
Printing & Labelling

Retail Special Feature:
Smiths News

Manufacturers can reap benefits by focusing on 'returns'

Manufacturers can reap benefits by focusing on 'returns'

By Ian Roper, Supply Chain Solutions Divisional Director, Access Group.

Product recalls are an expensive business. In 2010 automotive manufacturer, Toyota, recalled over eight million vehicles worldwide over a faulty accelerator pedal, in 2006 computer manufacturer Dell had to recall four million notebook batteries due to overheating problems, and Bridgestone/Firestone recalled 6.5 million tyres in 2000 when treads separated on models used with Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers. The recall cost Ford $3bn.

Mobile internet is rapidly gaining traction with UK shoppers

Mobile internet is rapidly gaining traction with UK shoppers

Research by global retail technology group Omnico shows that the mobile internet is rapidly gaining traction with shoppers in the UK.

Mark of approval - Printing & Labelling Technology Report June 2014

Mark of approval - Printing & Labelling Technology Report June 2014

In the June 2014 issue of Manufacturing & Logistics IT magazine editor Ed Holden spoke with a number of leading vendors and analysts from the printing & labelling sector about recent, ongoing and possible future developments in this all-important technology space.

72% of businesses in Europe face tech deficit

72% of businesses in Europe face tech deficit

A research report commissioned by Colt Technology Services has identified a tech deficit, which affects almost three quarters (72%) of European businesses.

European and North American companies struggle to use information for competitive advantage

European and North American companies struggle to use information for competitive advantage

Organisations understand that information has value but are more concerned with defending their information against data breaches or legal action than they are with using it to drive competitive advantage and growth, according to a new report by storage and information management company Iron Mountain and PwC.

Same-day delivery: a key differentiator in multichannel retailing

Same-day delivery: a key differentiator in multichannel retailing

Multichannel retailers can make the most of their resources and intelligence to provide this unique service while keeping costs low and customer service levels high.....a Quintiq white paper.

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