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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What is on-demand warehousing?

What is on-demand warehousing?

By Charlie Pool, CEO, Stowga.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines on-demand as "soon as or whenever required". In recent years the term 'on-demand' has become synonymous with technology: movies on demand, taxis on demand, dry cleaners on demand.... the list goes on. But on-demand warehousing? That's a new one.

88% of IT leaders unable to deliver on organisation’s need for business agility

88% of IT leaders unable to deliver on organisation’s need for business agility

A survey of senior IT decision-makers in large enterprises, commissioned by Coeus Consulting, found that IT leaders who can clearly demonstrate the cost and value of IT have greater influence over the strategic direction of the company and are best positioned to deliver business agility for digital transformation.

Retailers reap major benefits though workforce technology investment

Retailers reap major benefits though workforce technology investment

Neil Harvey, CTO of Kirona, considers the implications of the Industrial Strategy white paper on the retail sector and asks; is there such a thing as a perfect balance, and what benefits can technology have on workforce productivity?

Automated parcel delivery – the future of last mile

Automated parcel delivery – the future of last mile

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO NetDespatch.

I read a particularly interesting article this week. It focussed on technology and the changing face of delivery.

Half of SMEs fear financial loss from poor IT security and data compliance

Half of SMEs fear financial loss from poor IT security and data compliance

Recent research by Ultima, the provider of on-premise and cloud IT infrastructure and managed service solutions, has found that over half (58%) of the UK's SMEs think their businesses are at risk of financial loss from poor IT security and data compliance, with 67% believing they may be out of business in three years if their IT security and compliance doesn't improve.

Relaxed rules for business travellers in the manufacturing sector

Relaxed rules for business travellers in the manufacturing sector

Nearly a third of manufacturing professionals who travel for business claim that there are no set allowances for dining or accommodation when they travel, The Heathrow Express Business Travel Insights Report reveals.

Government acts to protect essential services from cyber attack

Government acts to protect essential services from cyber attack

Bosses of Britain's most critical industries are being warned to boost cyber security or face hefty fines for leaving themselves vulnerable to attack.

77% of retail CIOs say it could become impossible to manage digital performance, as IT complexity soars

77% of retail CIOs say it could become impossible to manage digital performance, as IT complexity soars

Digital performance management company, Dynatrace, has announced the findings of an independent global survey of 219 CIOs in the retail sector, which reveals that 77% of organisations think IT complexity could soon make it impossible to manage digital performance efficiently.

Three game-changers for the manufacturing industry in 2018

Three game-changers for the manufacturing industry in 2018

IoT being built into the product design, manufacturers adopting a more service-centric business model and 3D-printing reaching the tipping point of realizing business benefits on a large scale.

TimoCom transport barometer: Vehicle shortage continues to worsen

TimoCom transport barometer: Vehicle shortage continues to worsen

Free vehicle capacity is getting scarcer in Europe, according to TimoCom's Transport Barometer. In the 4th quarter of 2017, Europe's largest transport platform had only 29 vehicle offers to fulfil 71 transport orders.

In September 2017, an all-time high of 78 percent was calculated for freight. That means: an ever-growing number of goods that need to be transported from A to B have fewer and fewer trucks available to transport them.

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