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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How retailers can avoid a red card during the World Cup

How retailers can avoid a red card during the World Cup

By Dean Frew, CTO and Senior VP of RFID Solutions at SML.

Without question a busy retail period is hugely profitable for businesses. In particular, national and international events can present retailers with a number of significant business opportunities such as increased customer engagement, creating jobs for store associates and opportunities to drive sales at an exponential rate.

FICO survey: UK firms are too confident about their cybersecurity

FICO survey: UK firms are too confident about their cybersecurity

Despite the growth in data breaches, senior executives at UK firms think their cybersecurity protection is top-notch, according to a new survey conducted by research and consultancy firm Ovum for Silicon Valley analytics firm FICO.

It’s complicated: 55% of organisations struggle to keep up with new tech

It’s complicated: 55% of organisations struggle to keep up with new tech

In this world we can often say we have too much choice and not enough time. B2B decision-makers are finding much the same is true for them, with the influx of new technologies available to their businesses proving too much to keep up with.

Why ERP is the key to unlocking the future of retail

Why ERP is the key to unlocking the future of retail

Drop shipping has the potential to completely change the world of retail. However, as John Weber, Director of Business Development and Product Management at Aptean, explains, retailers need an effective ERP system to truly make the most of this new retail reality.

EEF conference addresses Brexit impact on manufacturing in the West of England

EEF conference addresses Brexit impact on manufacturing in the West of England

EEF, The Manufacturers' Organisation, hosted the Making Brexit Work – Preparing Manufacturers for Brexit conference in Bristol.

Cyber attack is now a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ for UK CEOs

Cyber attack is now a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ for UK CEOs

Four in 10 UK CEOs believe becoming a victim of a cyber attack is now a case of 'when' and not 'if' for their organisation, according to a survey of CEOs from some of Britain's biggest businesses.

Inefficient supply chains are costing UK business £1.5bn per annum

Inefficient supply chains are costing UK business £1.5bn per annum

Supply chain inefficiencies and miscommunication through "Chinese Whispers" are costing UK businesses over £1.5bn in lost productivity according to analysis of industry data from digital freight forwarder Zencargo.

Mobile workforce: five ways to empower the GenZ workforce

Mobile workforce: five ways to empower the GenZ workforce

By Chris Noble, Director at StoreForce.

A LinkedIn survey looking at how millennials are changing jobs and sectors showed that, once again, the retail industry was one of the losers. Asked why they were changing careers, millennials cited a lack of opportunities for career advancement, closely followed by dissatisfaction with compensation and benefits.

Average UK mobile worker spends 70% of time on everything but their job

Average UK mobile worker spends 70% of time on everything but their job

The average field-based employee in the UK spends just 1.5 days per week on their core job, a new report commissioned by Totalmobile and supported by professors from the University of Surrey's Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) has revealed.

Retailers to invest in machine learning and voice search to improve digital marketing in 2018/19, new survey finds

Retailers to invest in machine learning and voice search to improve digital marketing in 2018/19, new survey finds

The digital marketing challenger agency, QueryClick, has released The CMO Performance Report 2018, which has found a significant number of retailers plan to invest in transformative technology including machine learning and voice search to enhance their digital marketing campaigns.

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