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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Automotive manufacturers need to switch gears of digital transformation to survive disruption, says GlobalData

Automotive manufacturers need to switch gears of digital transformation to survive disruption, says GlobalData

From automation and seamless connectivity to personalisation, digital technologies are putting the automotive industry in a state of disruptive transition. 

Manhattan Associates and IHL Group survey reveals the key to maximising omnichannel profits

Manhattan Associates and IHL Group survey reveals the key to maximising omnichannel profits

A recent survey by Manhattan Associates Inc. and IHL Group has uncovered a strong correlation between omnichannel fulfilment maturity and margins. 

Three quarters of companies in the business & professional services sector believe Brexit ‘will have a positive long-term

Three quarters of companies in the business & professional services sector believe Brexit ‘will have a positive long-term

A new state-of-the-nation study into how companies in the business and professional services sector are prepared for Brexit, has revealed some 42% of businesses believe the process of exiting the EU is currently having no impact on their business at all, while 28% feel it has had a positive impact.

A vision for Industry 5.0: Humans augmented with cobots and connectivity

A vision for Industry 5.0: Humans augmented with cobots and connectivity

By Anand Birje, Senior Corporate Vice President – Digital & Analytics, HCL Technologies. 

Through an explosion of wireless connectivity across production systems, Industry 4.0 has redefined businesses and fundamentally changed manufacturing and other core industries.

More than two-thirds of consumers believe mobile technology delivers a better shopping experience, new report finds

More than two-thirds of consumers believe mobile technology delivers a better shopping experience, new report finds

A new State of Mobility in Retail Report by SOTI Inc., provider of mobile and IoT management solutions, reveals that 67.3% of consumers perceive mobile technology as the most effective way to provide a faster shopping experience.

Flybe has been rescued, but exporters could still pay a heavy price for aviation’s woes

Flybe has been rescued, but exporters could still pay a heavy price for aviation’s woes

Some creative Government accountancy may have found Flybe calmer skies; but its narrow escape highlights the precarious state of UK aviation, says the international courier expert ParcelHero. It is warning that with Heathrow's expansion plan seemingly in an eternal holding pattern, UK PLC is missing out on up to £14 billion a year in lost trade.

Sana Commerce among the first e-commerce solution providers to support SAP Business One Cloud integration

Sana Commerce among the first e-commerce solution providers to support SAP Business One Cloud integration

Sana Commerce has expanded its ERP suite to become one of the first e-commerce software vendors to support SAP Business One Cloud integration. It has made two versions available to its customers: one hosted directly by SAP, and one hosted by a third-party or hosting partner.

What is a global supply chain?

What is a global supply chain?

Thanks to rapid advances in communication and information technology, manufacturers are now able to operate at a truly global level, sourcing materials where it is most convenient and expanding their international client base.  However, manufacturers also need to adapt their offer to local trends, predicting which items are going to be more in demand in a particular area and adjusting their stock accordingly.

Capgemini report: Automation provides competitive advantage to retailers to bring customers back in store

Capgemini report: Automation provides competitive advantage to retailers to bring customers back in store

As automation technology continues to mature, it is becoming increasingly a point of competitive advantage, with consumers responding positively to the improved convenience that it can deliver. However, in order to capitalize on this trend, retailers will need to prioritize automation that creates positive consumer experiences rather than as a cost saving exercise, according to new research from the Capgemini Research Institute.

Increasing uncertainty is placing strain on UK business leaders

Increasing uncertainty is placing strain on UK business leaders

UK business leaders are struggling to cope with the pressures of a rapidly changing world. Increased competition, political uncertainty and facing greater scrutiny are all making it much tougher at the top - according to new research.

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