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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Safety in numbers - The benefits of clustering for manufacturers

Safety in numbers - The benefits of clustering for manufacturers

Emperor penguins huddle together to share warmth and protect each other during the intense winds of the harsh Antarctic storms. Fortunately, it’s not just penguins that can benefit from huddling together. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains why manufacturers form clusters around the world.

The five reasons employees are likely to be absent – and what to do about it

The five reasons employees are likely to be absent – and what to do about it

There are five main reasons why staff are absent from work on a short-term basis and the problem costs employers approximately £107.85 each day, and, overall, about £29bn annually.

B2B ecommerce lagging behind B2C for customer experience

B2B ecommerce lagging behind B2C for customer experience

Poor product visualisation is preventing almost a quarter of B2B customers from making purchases online, according to a new report by full-service e-commerce agency, PushON.

Global study: Majority of organisations plan to digitally transform, yet 84% of businesses stalled by integration challenges

Global study: Majority of organisations plan to digitally transform, yet 84% of businesses stalled by integration challenges

MuleSoft, provider of a platform for building application networks, has announced the findings of the 2019 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the state of IT.

‘A time for clarity, courage and leadership’

‘A time for clarity, courage and leadership’

Brexit drama and the commercial ambiguity facing businesses, especially those that import and export to Europe, means many executives are facing chronic uncertainty over the extent of any disruption to their business.

‘One-size-fits-all’ doesn’t fit the mobile network of the future, experts insist

‘One-size-fits-all’ doesn’t fit the mobile network of the future, experts insist

The coming 5G revolution is an opportunity to move beyond the United Kingdom’s one-size-fits-all spectrum approach that has left many residents, rural areas, transport corridors, factories and businesses behind, claim experts in a new discussion paper published today.

Government’s no-deal Brexit report shows it's now or never for organisations to prepare their supply chains

Government’s no-deal Brexit report shows it's now or never for organisations to prepare their supply chains

By Alex Saric, smart procurement expert at Ivalua.

The government’s Brexit impact assessment has laid bare everything organisations have been worried about.

Postmodern ERP – What it is and how it benefits the enterprise

Postmodern ERP – What it is and how it benefits the enterprise

By Mark Hughes, regional vice president UK and Ireland, Epicor.

The introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies is changing expectations around what insights and capabilities ERP software should deliver to the enterprise.

Oracle leads diverse general merchandise POS software market

Oracle leads diverse general merchandise POS software market

Major general merchandise retailers, comprising mixed formats as well as speciality hardgoods and softgoods chains, account for 2.6 million POS software installations globally.

Merged pharmaceutical firms seek fast-track route to savings

Merged pharmaceutical firms seek fast-track route to savings

The pharmaceutical industry is preparing for an accelerated pace of consolidation, with the number of mergers up 39 per cent since 2017¹. This year has already witnessed its first ‘super merger’ between two of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Bristol-Myers and Celgene, valued at $74 billion.²

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