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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Epson reaffirms its commitment to COP25

Epson reaffirms its commitment to COP25

Global technology firm, Epson, has reaffirmed its commitment to decarbonisation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) in advance of the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) to be held in Madrid, Spain from 2 to 13 December 2019.

Small manufacturing businesses show rise in growth optimism this quarter

Small manufacturing businesses show rise in growth optimism this quarter

Set against a backdrop of unprecedented change – British small businesses are remaining stoic and are facing the next three months with renewed focus and a determination to succeed.

Voice-directed warehousing solutions market: Advancements such as speech recognition and speech synthesis to uplift adoption

Voice-directed warehousing solutions market: Advancements such as speech recognition and speech synthesis to uplift adoption

According to new global study, increased security and real-time business intelligence are among the major factors driving the growth of the voice-directed warehousing solutions market.

Uncertainty continues to impact supply chain risk, finds Dun & Bradstreet and Cranfield University

Uncertainty continues to impact supply chain risk, finds Dun & Bradstreet and Cranfield University

The ongoing uncertainty around Brexit is encouraging many manufacturers and retailers to consider other supplier locations in low cost, higher risk countries to avoid possible trade barriers. The latest analysis in the Global Supply Chain Risk Report, produced quarterly by Cranfield University and Dun & Bradstreet, found marked increases in Supplier Criticality (up 2%) and Global Sourcing Risk (up 4.8%) in Q3 2019.

UK shoppers shun fingerprint scanners and facial recognition in favour of traditional passwords, new FIS report reveals

UK shoppers shun fingerprint scanners and facial recognition in favour of traditional passwords, new FIS report reveals

New research from global financial technology provider FIS has found that UK consumers remain wary of anti-fraud technologies like biometrics, while at the same time are growing increasingly worried about having their personal information hacked.

Google/Looker Competition and Markets Authority enquiry.

Google/Looker Competition and Markets Authority enquiry.

Google/Looker Competition and Markets Authority enquiry: rival data CEO says Google deal `fair enough and makes perfect sense`.

The decision by the Competition and Markets Authority to consider an investigation of the acquisition of Lookers by Google, was announced yesterday.

Netwrix survey: Data security is the top IT priority for 74% of UK organisations in 2020

Netwrix survey: Data security is the top IT priority for 74% of UK organisations in 2020

Netwrix, a vendor of information security and governance software, has announced the release of the Netwrix IT Trends 2020 report, which identifies the top priorities for organisations in 2020 based on a global survey of 1,045 IT pros. 

Barcoding, Inc. shares new research and resources for businesses migrating to Android mobile computing in 2020

Barcoding, Inc. shares new research and resources for businesses migrating to Android mobile computing in 2020

Barcoding, Inc. has released initial findings from its comprehensive research project that addresses Windows Mobile going end of life in 2020. Rugged device manufacturers have selected Android as the new operating system, requiring a tailored technological shift for all enterprises leveraging Windows Mobile devices for their automated data collection processes.

Huge numbers of consumers would wait longer for goods if delivered ‘more sustainably’ - survey

Huge numbers of consumers would wait longer for goods if delivered ‘more sustainably’ - survey

A convenience trends survey commissioned by leading International branding and customer experience agency I-AM has revealed that almost three-quarters of consumers (74%) would be happy to wait longer for goods if the delivery method was more sustainable.

Blockchain to save the food industry US$31 billion by 2024, driven by IoT partnerships

Blockchain to save the food industry US$31 billion by 2024, driven by IoT partnerships

New data from Juniper Research shows that blockchain will enable $31 billion in food fraud savings globally by 2024 by immutably tracking food across the supply chain. Substantial savings in food fraud will be realised from 2021 and compliance costs will be reduced by 30% by 2024.

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