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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AI expected to transform supply chains despite it only being used by a quarter of manufacturers in their supply chains

AI expected to transform supply chains despite it only being used by a quarter of manufacturers in their supply chains

More than four out of ten (43%) of senior decision-makers at mid-market discrete manufacturers identified artificial intelligence (AI) among technologies likely to have the greatest impact on supply chains over the next three years, putting it well ahead of other innovations like the Internet of Things (31%) and blockchain (24%).

Only 10% of companies have the customer-centric supply chains required for resilience, according to new Accenture report

Only 10% of companies have the customer-centric supply chains required for resilience, according to new Accenture report

Just 10% of companies were on the right path to building customer-centric supply chains that are resilient and enable growth prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from Accenture.

Summer statement should put Industry and skills centre stage of recovery plan – Make UK

Summer statement should put Industry and skills centre stage of recovery plan – Make UK

Britain’s manufactures are urging the Chancellor to pull every financial lever at his disposal in his forthcoming Summer Statement and put Industry, skills and job creation at the forefront of plans to rebuild the economy with skills, green and digital technologies at its heart.

Manufacturing industry optimistic for recovery from COVID-19 despite supply chain concerns, finds SteelScout survey

Manufacturing industry optimistic for recovery from COVID-19 despite supply chain concerns, finds SteelScout survey

A new survey from SteelScout has found that more than 60% of professionals in the manufacturing industry expect the sector to recover from COVID-19 and return to business as usual by mid-2021.

Avoiding planning pandemonium in a pandemic: How can you forecast in the new normal?

Avoiding planning pandemonium in a pandemic: How can you forecast in the new normal?

During the pandemic, the foundations on which retailers, brands and Consumer Products companies rely to determine trade volumes, pricing and promotions have been shaken and, in some cases, broken.

Social distancing, swipe cards and shift patterns: the changing face of warehouses post-Coronavirus

Social distancing, swipe cards and shift patterns: the changing face of warehouses post-Coronavirus

We are currently witnessing a time of unparalleled polarisation within different sections of the global economy. The impact of COVID-19 on economies around the world has resulted in massive increases in redundancies, wiping out much of the positive growth since 2008.

AVEVA positioned as 2020 Asset Performance Management leader

AVEVA positioned as 2020 Asset Performance Management leader

AVEVA, the engineering and industrial software solutions provider, has been named a market leader in the Verdantix 2020 Green Quadrant for Asset Performance Management (APM) Solutions.

Using data capture technology to optimise the customer experience

Using data capture technology to optimise the customer experience

According to a 2019 survey, 42% of consumers were deemed to be “frustrated” with their most recent shopping experience. Worryingly for retailers, nearly half of those said they would avoid doing future business with the retailer or brand.

Scaling your warehouse post-pandemic

Scaling your warehouse post-pandemic

With traditional models being turned upside down, the pressure is on for businesses to become more adaptable and flexible with their planning, writes Tony Dobson, SnapFulfil's CEO for UK & Europe.

Lumenia publishes new white paper – ERP Contracts: A foundation for controlled ERP projects

Lumenia publishes new white paper – ERP Contracts: A foundation for controlled ERP projects

ERP projects are collaborative design and build projects that get to the heart of business processes. Without having clearly contracted scope, responsibilities and deliverables – like any design and build project – they can run far over budget and schedule and diverge from any original notional scope.

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