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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Covering all bases for customers’ printing and labelling needs

Covering all bases for customers’ printing and labelling needs

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with Karen Peacock, head of print solutions, Dakota Integrated Solutions, about the company’s printing and labelling solutions offerings, together with its extensive customer support packages designed to help users remain fully operational, productive and profitable.

AI is cool, but SaaS is your first step

AI is cool, but SaaS is your first step

By Matt Chubb, Chief Technology Officer at Razor.

There’s always been divided opinions when it comes to AI. Amidst the tropes and the fear, businesses often hype the technology as a magic wand with the power to grant rapid transformation. However, in manufacturing specifically, although 60% of companies are aware of the benefits that AI could bring to their business, only 23% are currently using it.

2021 will be about maximising the e-commerce experience

2021 will be about maximising the e-commerce experience

Warehouse management technology provider, SnapFulfil, is forecasting a new fulfilment year where companies still focused on retail locations and outlets will have to be nimble enough to grow e-commerce operations if they are to survive.

Creating Supply Chain Flexibility for Fast and Efficient Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

Creating Supply Chain Flexibility for Fast and Efficient Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

By Alain Breillatt, Vice President, Product Marketing at Logistyx Technologies.

The rapid and safe delivery of billions of doses of various Covid-19 vaccines worldwide is possibly the biggest challenge that the logistics industry will face.

What does the future hold for retailers?

What does the future hold for retailers?

Shopping habits are changing, and retailers are doing an exceptional job at keeping up and adjusting their business models with the help of technology to meet these ever-changing shifts. With many high streets still struggling but the desire to shop local remaining strong, retailers are looking at a very different future than they would have imagined this time last year.

IT innovation; you’re only scratching the surface

IT innovation; you’re only scratching the surface

By Rafael Funes, creator and executive chairman, LOVIS.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for change. We’ve had to become more resourceful, innovative and adaptive and going forward, only businesses with foresight and an ability to respond quickly to evolving situations will thrive.

Logistics UK launches Skills and Employment Report 2020

Logistics UK launches Skills and Employment Report 2020

A new report from Logistics UK, the business group representing the industry that is at the heart of the UK’s economy, has highlighted the severe impact Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the sector’s underlying skills shortage.

96% of UK hauliers 'not ready for transition': many need clarity on border legislation and overwhelmed by admin

96% of UK hauliers 'not ready for transition': many need clarity on border legislation and overwhelmed by admin

With nearly 1 in 4 UK hauliers having already lost business due to Brexit, they reveal whether they’re prepared for the post-Brexit transition period.

Brexit deal protects economy, but still much to do says Logistics UK

Brexit deal protects economy, but still much to do says Logistics UK

Business group Logistics UK has reacted with optimism to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) reached between the UK and EU, but has cautioned that there is still much to be done to protect the nation’s supply chains, and the economy as a whole.

How being a ‘remote-first’ business can improve your organisation

How being a ‘remote-first’ business can improve your organisation

By Gerry Tombs, CEO, Clearvision

In the last few days, there has been encouraging news about COVID-19 vaccines, with the vaccination programme kicking off across the country. And while there’s still a lot of green between this particular ball and the pocket, most of us let out a sigh of relief, with hope that there might be some return to normality.

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