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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Three reasons organisations should adopt biometric security in their print estate

Three reasons organisations should adopt biometric security in their print estate

According to a global study by Quocirca, print is considered a top security issue (66 per cent) for most organisations, second only to cloud-based services.

Driving improved delivery standards in the age of instant gratification

Driving improved delivery standards in the age of instant gratification

By Leigh Moody, UK Managing Director at SOTI.

In today’s increasingly competitive retail landscape, delivery times are becoming a crucial differentiator between brands and often a key factor for consumers when selecting a retailer to purchase a product from.

No Deal contingency plan threatens NI economy, says FTA

No Deal contingency plan threatens NI economy, says FTA

The government’s contingency plans for the Irish border would bring trade to a standstill, according to FTA, the business organisation which speaks for the logistics industry.

Eighty-one per cent of SMEs say digitisation boosts output but many still rely on manual processes

Eighty-one per cent of SMEs say digitisation boosts output but many still rely on manual processes

Eighty-one per cent of decision makers working for small and medium sized businesses that use vehicles believe they could get more jobs done if they could digitise more of their workflow, according to a new study from TomTom Telematics.

Age of uncertainty: UK employees calling out for clarity on employers’ Brexit plans

Age of uncertainty: UK employees calling out for clarity on employers’ Brexit plans

A new Right Management study, Brexit: Age of Uncertainty, reveals the UK workforce’s anxieties as Brexit negotiations unfold. The study, examining the perspectives of employees across the UK in the run up to Brexit*, found just 11% say their organisation has clearly communicated its Brexit plans to employees.

Faster? Smarter? Better? – the delivery race picks up the pace again

Faster? Smarter? Better? – the delivery race picks up the pace again

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch.

There’s no shortage of innovation in the delivery industry and, with the number of parcels despatched annually estimated at around 1.5 billion, there’s clearly demand for faster, smarter, better ways in which to receive the goods we order.

MP urges British industry to digitalise

MP urges British industry to digitalise

The UK is on the precipice of significant industrial disruption and Scottish businesses must be prepared and supported by Government to stay competitive. This was the message shared by Paul Sweeney, Labour and Co-Operative MP for Glasgow North East and Shadow Scotland Minister, as he visited the main office of industrial automation expert Novotek UK and Ireland in Glasgow.

Continuous Testing is growing, but technology and team structures must improve for organisations to gain a competitive advantage

Continuous Testing is growing, but technology and team structures must improve for organisations to gain a competitive advantage

Capgemini and Sogeti, part of the Capgemini Group, has released a new report on Continuous Testing, in collaboration with Broadcom Inc.’s Enterprise Software Division.

When is the best time to exercise?

When is the best time to exercise?

As well as being good for our physical health, exercise has a huge potential to enhance our mental health and wellbeing. Regular physical activity naturally boosts mood as the brain releases endorphins which are ‘feel good hormones’, which subsequently can make us work better.

Brand is king – Less than one-third of Brits trust influencers for shopping recommendations

Brand is king – Less than one-third of Brits trust influencers for shopping recommendations

New research from IRX reveals that the promotions, advertising and online and in-store experiences offered by brands have more of an impact than online influencer campaigns.

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