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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Nearly three quarters of shoppers have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

Nearly three quarters of shoppers have abandoned online shopping carts due to shipping

A new global shipping report by BigCommerce, the ecommerce platform for fast-growing and established brands, reveals that almost three quarters (73%) of UK online shoppers have abandoned their cart because they did not like the shipping options available.

Cyber attacks reach record levels as UK businesses are attacked every 50 seconds online

Cyber attacks reach record levels as UK businesses are attacked every 50 seconds online

Analysis from Beaming, the business ISP, reveals that businesses in the UK were on the receiving end of 146,491 attempted cyber attacks each, on average, in the second quarter of 2019.

UK manufacturers could be hit hard by latest holiday pay ruling

UK manufacturers could be hit hard by latest holiday pay ruling

A recent ruling in the Northern Ireland Courts could have a significant impact on UK manufacturing businesses that still aren't including overtime payments, allowances or some commission payments in holiday pay.

Mid-sized manufacturers feel like a ‘small fish’ to their bank

Mid-sized manufacturers feel like a ‘small fish’ to their bank

Research from Wyelands Bank, set up to help small and medium businesses, shows UK mid-sized manufacturers don’t feel valued by their banks. They struggle to access the tailored financial services they need to grow, putting a brake on UK manufacturing growth and job creation.

The Holmes and Watson of data computation – Why edge and cloud computing are best used in harmony

The Holmes and Watson of data computation – Why edge and cloud computing are best used in harmony

Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson both contributed essential qualities to the duo — Holmes provided the brains and Watson kept the detective on the straight and narrow.

Automation in the spotlight as business confidence remains below the long term average

Automation in the spotlight as business confidence remains below the long term average

Lloyds Business Barometer has shown that business confidence is still below the long-term average. In wake of this low confidence, businesses are under mounting pressure to become more efficient.

Paragon survey points towards growing reporting burden for the transport office

Paragon survey points towards growing reporting burden for the transport office

Transport planning teams are under pressure to share more information than ever before as businesses look to increase visibility of their distribution operations, improve customer communications and remove internal silos.

June 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

June 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The June 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT features a Special Technology Report on Demand Forecasting & Planning /S&OP

For this report, we spoke with experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent trends and ongoing areas of development within the world of Demand Forecasting & Planning/S&OP solutions, and what users can potentially look forward to in the not too distant future.

5 ways chatbots can help drive sales

5 ways chatbots can help drive sales

By Tim Deeson, author and CEO of chatbot/applied AI agency GreenShoot Labs.

Conversational interfaces are revolutionising sales by offering customers 24/7 product information - boosting customer acquisition, conversion and retention.

Bringing digital fluidity to bricks-and-mortar retail

Bringing digital fluidity to bricks-and-mortar retail

By Derrick Harris, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Pivotal Software Inc.

Boarded up windows, closing-down sales and a huge growth in e-commerce retail has seen the UK’s high streets continue to suffer in recent years.

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