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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Global artificial intelligence spending to surge by 120% and hit $110 billion by 2024

Global artificial intelligence spending to surge by 120% and hit $110 billion by 2024

Recent years have witnessed a swell in the adoption of artificial intelligence solutions, revolutionizing industries, and helping businesses boost growth. The rising volume and complexity of business data are set to continue driving AI adoption in the following years, causing a surge in global AI spending.

It’s time to take a robotic approach to sortation

It’s time to take a robotic approach to sortation

Europe’s online retailers and their logistics partners cannot afford to overlook the significant operational benefits that autonomous mobile robot-based sortation solutions deliver, says Xia Huiling, founder and CEO of LiBiao Robot.

Resurgent small business confidence holds firm in countdown to Christmas

Resurgent small business confidence holds firm in countdown to Christmas

For the first time this year, small business confidence has held firm from one quarter to the next. The day after the Government announced its three-tier Covid restrictions, new research suggests the avoidance of a second national lockdown and certainty of direction until March has had a positive impact on UK small business confidence.

Organisations are never the same after being hit by ransomware, according to Sophos Global Survey

Organisations are never the same after being hit by ransomware, according to Sophos Global Survey

Sophos, the next-generation cybersecurity solutions provider, has announced the findings of its global survey, ‘Cybersecurity: The Human Challenge’, which reveals that organisations are never the same after being hit by ransomware.

COVID-19 drives five retail supply chain trends

COVID-19 drives five retail supply chain trends

The business disruption caused by COVID-19 has resulted in four out of five (82%) retailers changing their approach to stock management and is driving five retail supply chain trends.

This is according to a new report from logistics company Advanced Supply Chain Group (ASCG), which shows how the pandemic has caused stock management issues for 92% of retailers.

Job market boom predicted in supply chain sector as vacancies rise above pre-lockdown levels

Job market boom predicted in supply chain sector as vacancies rise above pre-lockdown levels

The supply chain sector will experience a job market boom over the coming months as over 60 percent of workers in warehouse, logistics and delivery spent time during lockdown searching for a new role, according to latest research.

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

By Daniel Dombach, EMEA Industry Solutions Director, Zebra Technologies.

While the pandemic has impacted many companies, others have experienced strong growth as restrictions applied to pre-COVID 19 shopping patterns have accelerated growth in ecommerce.

‘Use your loaf’: Bakers Basco boss warns of tensions in bakery supply chain if panic buying reaches pre-lockdown levels.

‘Use your loaf’: Bakers Basco boss warns of tensions in bakery supply chain if panic buying reaches pre-lockdown levels.

Paul Empson, General Manager of Bakers Basco, is warning the general public to ‘use one’s loaf’ and avoid panic buying as the possibility of a second nationwide UK lockdown hangs in the balance, to ensure demand doesn’t outstrip supply.

Achieving an agile supply chain

Achieving an agile supply chain

Supply chain resilience has never been more important. Global markets are apt to change at a moment’s notice, often a result of dramatic shifts in consumer demand and availability of products – as can be seen most recently, in the restriction in component supply due to global lockdown. These sudden changes in demand can affect manufacturers in every sector.

'Boring is good' as global air cargo market takes another step to recovery in September

'Boring is good' as global air cargo market takes another step to recovery in September

A record ‘dynamic loadfactor’ and high airfreight rates on the world’s premier trade lanes in September showed the global air cargo market edging towards a sustainable recovery at the start of the traditional peak season, says industry analysts CLIVE Data Services and TAC Index.

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