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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Three ways your supply chain manager can help improve speed-to-market

Three ways your supply chain manager can help improve speed-to-market

By John Caltabiano, VP of Global Supply Chain, Jabil.

Given a choice, would you launch your product late, or launch it over budget? Choosing to go to market late might present the greater risk to profitability, according to a report published by McKinsey & Company that claims, on average, going to market six months late but within budget can shave 33 percent off profits.

From barcodes to low-code: Powering digital transformation in retail

From barcodes to low-code: Powering digital transformation in retail

By Nick Pike, Vice-President, EMEA, OutSystems.

The invention of the barcode revolutionised the retail industry, making it possible for individual stores to stock a far wider range of products and to diversify their offering to appeal to a broader market.

Failing to deliver: Lack of live order delivery tracking can cost retailers custom

Failing to deliver: Lack of live order delivery tracking can cost retailers custom

Lack of live order tracking could be costing retailers lost conversions and customer loyalty, the latest research from Sorted, the delivery experience company, warns.

UK and German manufacturers confident they can meet the challenges of Brexit but call for clarity

UK and German manufacturers confident they can meet the challenges of Brexit but call for clarity

New research from European service logistics specialist, Carousel Logistics, has revealed that almost half of UK and German manufacturing businesses believe they have time to prepare their supply chains for Brexit, but they have called for clarity to allow them to do so.

Businesses encouraged to seek Authorised Economic Operator status pre-Brexit to protect their supply chain

Businesses encouraged to seek Authorised Economic Operator status pre-Brexit to protect their supply chain

With just under seven months until the UK exits the European Union, businesses are being urged to apply for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Accreditation.

Trend Micro survey finds IoT deployment decisions made without consulting security Teams

Trend Micro survey finds IoT deployment decisions made without consulting security Teams

Trend Micro Incorporated, the cybersecurity solutions provider, has revealed that organisations around the world are exposing themselves to unnecessary cyber risk by failing to give IT security teams a voice when planning Internet of Things (IoT) project deployments in enterprise environments.

Snapfulfil publishes top five tips for winning at warehousing

Snapfulfil publishes top five tips for winning at warehousing

Warehouse management solution specialist, Snapfulfil, has published five "top tips" on what to look for when selecting a new warehouse management system (WMS).

Wo-manufacturing giants encourage girls into sector

Wo-manufacturing giants encourage girls into sector

Women make up 47% of the overall UK job market [1], but in some sectors, the gender gap is much broader. In traditionally male dominated sectors such as manufacturing and engineering, women are still struggling to make their way.

Infosys research: Less than a quarter of global enterprises think and act like digital natives

Infosys research: Less than a quarter of global enterprises think and act like digital natives

Infosys has released global research, The New Champions of Digital Disruption: Incumbent Organisations, that reveals that under a quarter of organisations surveyed, understand that commitment to digital is at the heart of true transformation. And, it is these organisations that are reaping rewards from digital disruption.

Treating retailers like a consumer, not a distribution channel

Treating retailers like a consumer, not a distribution channel

By Paul Swaddle, Co-Founder, Pocket App.

We're all used to the idea that 'the customer is always right', when it comes to ensuring consumers are satisfied with your product – and it's a bit of wisdom has certainly carried over into the reviews-driven world of app stores. But it's worth remembering that this doesn't just apply to the end consumer.

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