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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Amazon’s here – so what’s the future for UK supermarkets?

Amazon’s here – so what’s the future for UK supermarkets?

Amazon has set its sights on the UK supermarket sector. From the Amazon Fresh initiative to its partnership with Morrisons, offering free, next day delivery to Prime customers, the arch disruptor is looking to turn the UK multiple market on its head.

The potential cost saving benefits of a sustainable supply chain

The potential cost saving benefits of a sustainable supply chain

According to CDP, supply chain emissions are on average 5.5 times higher than the direct emissions produced by a corporation. But not only is a supply chain’s impact on the environment severe, but it can also lead to financial issues for companies who don’t take action to be more sustainable.

The digital transformation dilemma: UK employees want pandemic-era tech to stay, says research

The digital transformation dilemma: UK employees want pandemic-era tech to stay, says research

As the UK prepares to return to normal in the coming months and industries reopen, research from The Workforce Institute at UKG reveals that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 87% of UK workers have been propelled into the future of work by accelerating their digital transformation projects.

Manufacturing industry R&D spending rose 4.4% last year despite pandemic — Catax

Manufacturing industry R&D spending rose 4.4% last year despite pandemic — Catax

R&D spending in the manufacturing industry defied expectations with a 4.4% rise last year despite the pandemic, analysis of latest ONS data by business tax relief consultancy Cataxshows1.

New Salesforce research reveals that the pandemic has progressed plans for cloud adoption for 81% of manufacturers

New Salesforce research reveals that the pandemic has progressed plans for cloud adoption for 81% of manufacturers

Salesforce, the CRM solutions provider, has released its Trends in Manufacturing report which shows the far-reaching effects the global pandemic has had on the industry.

Automation: Learning the secrets of uptime

Automation: Learning the secrets of uptime

By Will Carder, Automation Sales Engineer at Quadient. 

Automation offers a route forward for hard-pressed e-fulfilment operations – particularly, when it comes to packaging processes. But how do you build in operational resilience? What are the secrets to maximising uptime?

'Ever Given' refloated but global e-commerce will flounder amid delays, says ParcelHero

'Ever Given' refloated but global e-commerce will flounder amid delays, says ParcelHero

The international delivery expert ParcelHero says the refloating of the ‘Ever Given’ is welcome news, but the blockage of the vital Suez Canal will cost £4.35 billion and delay many Amazon and other e-commerce orders for weeks.

Seven-point checklist to warehouse systems design

Seven-point checklist to warehouse systems design

Craig Whitehouse, Managing Director of Invar Integration, offers a seven-point checklist for design success.

Comment from Logistics UK re the refloating of the EverGiven in the Suez Canal

Comment from Logistics UK re the refloating of the EverGiven in the Suez Canal

Alex Veitch, General Manager for Public Policy at Logistics UK, the business group representing the sector, said in response to the freeing of the EverGiven today (29 March 2021)

The one-stop shop advantage

The one-stop shop advantage

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with Philip Jarrett, commercial director of Dakota Integrated Solutions, about the company’s focus on a one-stop shop data capture solutions service for customers in a variety of sectors, together with the company’s new focus on Voice-directed solutions provision.

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