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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Improving customer experience is top digital transformation objective for half of manufacturers

Improving customer experience is top digital transformation objective for half of manufacturers

Britain's manufacturers finished 2017 with the strongest three months of growth since 2014, according to the most recent figures from The Markit/CIPS UK manufacturing PMI barometer, as resurgent Eurozone growth lifted demand for goods.

Can companies build a more resilient last-mile delivery operations in today’s competitive landscape?

Can companies build a more resilient last-mile delivery operations in today’s competitive landscape?

By Maarten Hemmes, CarPal CEO & Founder.

As logistics is changing rapidly, more companies continue to look for ways to improve and optimise their last-mile delivery based on customer's demands and pressure from upcoming trends in the market.

76% of employees in the travel, transport & logistics industry are looking for better physical and mental wellbeing support in the workplace

76% of employees in the travel, transport & logistics industry are looking for better physical and mental wellbeing support in the workplace

With a rise in workplace-related stress, illnesses and mental health issues, 52% of working adults in the travel, transport and logistics industry believe that businesses are not doing enough to support the physical and mental wellbeing of their employees, according to a new study.

'Amazon effect' will grow as retail challenges increase, says Blue Yonder

'Amazon effect' will grow as retail challenges increase, says Blue Yonder

With the retail market reeling from the latest round of profit warnings and administrations in the sector, many retailers will be looking towards innovation in order to ride out challenging times.

Creative thinking essential for T&L upscaling

Creative thinking essential for T&L upscaling

By Andrew Galliers, senior manager and transport and logistics expert at accountancy firm, Menzies LLP.

The transport and logistics sector is facing a tricky problem - how to balance rocketing consumer demand for goods, delivered increasingly quickly, with challenges posed by Brexit and increasing competition.

Staying ahead in a changing world

Staying ahead in a changing world

Our forthcoming departure from the EU may throw us some challenges. However, Simon Lewington managing director of Systems Assurance, isn't worried. He argues that with the right investment in IT there is plenty of opportunity for UK manufacturing to flourish.

Anniversary of Article 50: EEF conference addresses Brexit impact on manufacturing in the North East

Anniversary of Article 50: EEF conference addresses Brexit impact on manufacturing in the North East

A year on from the triggering of Article 50, EEF, The Manufacturers' Organisation, on 28 March hosted the Making Brexit Work – Preparing Manufacturers for Brexit conference in Newcastle.

How can digitalisation drive delivery operations to evolve?

How can digitalisation drive delivery operations to evolve?

By Maarten Hemmes, CarPal CEO & Founder.

Re-imagining logistics requires adaptability and constantly ensuring companies are aware of the trends in last-mile delivery.

Manufacturers' new product launch ambitions held back by lack of digitisation

Manufacturers' new product launch ambitions held back by lack of digitisation

Manufacturers are struggling to keep up in the race to bring an increasing number of new products to market according to research from SAP data management solutions provider, Winshuttle.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT March 2018

Manufacturing & Logistics IT March 2018

The March 2018 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT features a Special Technology Report on Transportation Management.

For this report, we spoke with experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent trends and ongoing areas of development within the world of Transportation Management – including those concerning integration, Cloud/SaaS and legislation.

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