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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UK Automotive productivity up 208% since 1999, as industry highlights 20 years of sustainability gains

UK Automotive productivity up 208% since 1999, as industry highlights 20 years of sustainability gains

The progress of UK Automotive in sustainable development is revealed by new data published the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The value of IT/OT convergence

The value of IT/OT convergence

Today, we can freely communicate instantaneously with people on the other side of the world from wherever we are, whether it’s the office, a bar or walking between the two.

The five key steps to delivering a seamless digital retail experience

The five key steps to delivering a seamless digital retail experience

By René Aerdts Chief Technologist – Global Consumer Goods, DXC Technology.

As a result of technically advanced e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, consumer expectation with regards to customised buying experiences and always-on services have skyrocketed.

How retail can evolve through IOT & industry 4.0

How retail can evolve through IOT & industry 4.0

By Mike Jeffs, Chief Commercial Officer, Hark.
Organisations have a significant opportunity to leverage new technology to save on the bottom line. Whether its increasing efficiency, reducing waste or maximising yield. Technology facilitates that by simplifying the route to intelligent assets, or as I would describe to my relatives – giving machines and buildings a heartbeat.

New LastPass study finds 92 per cent of businesses experience identity challenges

New LastPass study finds 92 per cent of businesses experience identity challenges

LastPass by LogMeIn has announced the results of a new study conducted by Vanson Bourne to offer businesses insights into the state of identity and access management (IAM) and actionable steps to improve their IAM program.

Have we reached cloud breaking point? Advanced report reveals concerns from businesses in cloud investment

Have we reached cloud breaking point? Advanced report reveals concerns from businesses in cloud investment

The benefits of the cloud are not living up to the expectations of UK businesses according to a new report from Advanced.

Only 44% say the flexibility of the cloud has lived up to their expectations followed by efficiencies (31%), productivity (30%) and mobile (21%). Just 19% say it has given them a greater user experience.

Nearly three quarters of shoppers have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

Nearly three quarters of shoppers have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

A new global shipping report by BigCommerce, the ecommerce platform for fast-growing and established brands, reveals that almost three quarters (73%) of UK online shoppers have abandoned their cart because they did not like the shipping options available.

Cyber attacks reach record levels as UK businesses are attacked every 50 seconds online

Cyber attacks reach record levels as UK businesses are attacked every 50 seconds online

Analysis from Beaming, the business ISP, reveals that businesses in the UK were on the receiving end of 146,491 attempted cyber attacks each, on average, in the second quarter of 2019.

UK manufacturers could be hit hard by latest holiday pay ruling

UK manufacturers could be hit hard by latest holiday pay ruling

A recent ruling in the Northern Ireland Courts could have a significant impact on UK manufacturing businesses that still aren't including overtime payments, allowances or some commission payments in holiday pay.

Mid-sized manufacturers feel like a ‘small fish’ to their bank

Mid-sized manufacturers feel like a ‘small fish’ to their bank

Research from Wyelands Bank, set up to help small and medium businesses, shows UK mid-sized manufacturers don’t feel valued by their banks. They struggle to access the tailored financial services they need to grow, putting a brake on UK manufacturing growth and job creation.

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