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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MACSimum progress

MACS Software provides standard and bespoke software solutions. Ranked several times as one of the fastest growing technology businesses in the Midlands, MACS is committed to providing its customers with practical solutions to realise supply chain efficiency quickly and cost effectively, with the flexibility to stay one step ahead.

Acceptance Sampling Schemes for Manufacturers

BSI Business Information has just published BS 6000 Parts 1, 2 and 3 that provide guidance on selecting procedures and systems on acceptance sampling.

New Tchibo Logistics Centre in Dartford due to Strong UK growth

The new UK development will lower transport costs and allow higher levels of service for the UK.

Which end is which?

Which end is which?

For many UK manufacturing environments the term warehouse management system is something strictly confined to the world of distribution. Manufacturing makes, distribution delivers and never the twain shall meet, right?

Constraint-based planning and scheduling

Constraint-based planning and scheduling

Food and beverage manufacturers must adopt a planning process that combines long-term visibility of future demands and manufacturing constraints with near-term production scheduling and execution, says Dr John Slater of Logility. Here he offers tips to select the right supply chain planning solution.

Functionally rich solutions strengthen product recall execution while minimizing costs

Functionally rich solutions strengthen product recall execution while minimizing costs

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is influencing traceability issues for food and beverage manufacturers worldwide and not just in the US. Here we look at how best-of-breed warehouse solutions are able to provide assistance with traceability compliance by providing inventory control tools for multi-level holds, catch weight control, shelf life/expiration dates, quarantine, product traceability and environmental control of multiple inventory processes.

Companies need to take a fundamentally different view of RFID trials if they are to realise value

Companies need to take a fundamentally different view of RFID trials if they are to realise value

RFID (radio frequency identification) technology is being hailed as the solution that will significantly reduce shrinkage, errors and delays in the supply chain, while enabling companies to interact with their customers in new ways. A number of high-profile companies have undertaken RFID trials such as M&S, Metro, Benetton, Wal-Mart and Tesco in the retail sector as well as FMCG, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, and the US military.

The fast-moving world of the WMS

The fast-moving world of the WMS

Changes in supply chain practice have presented some interesting challenges to suppliers of warehouse management systems (WMS) as we try to keep up with evolving market requirements. This is especially true in the FMCG/CPG sectors where the pace of change shows no sign of slowing.

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SME MANUFACTURING SECTOR ON COURSE FOR RECESSION

- Sector shrinks for first time since Q4 2001- Employment falls for third quarter running- New orders lowest since Q2 2003.

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