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


New year, new challenges for supply chain professionals

New year, new challenges for supply chain professionals

It's a challenging time for supply chain professionals. With high profile press coverage of pilot projects in the US such as Wal-Mart and The US Department of Defense placing RFID mandates on their suppliers, the UK will soon feel the knock-on effect.

New Web based Evaluation Centre to offer audited, independent vendor and product information

New web, telephone and email service launches to help businesses select IT services and solutions.

Procurement Policy in Europe is Depriving Companies of Real Technology Benefits

47% of companies believe current procurement policies hinder business objectives. 43% of companies favour existing supplier relationships.

Air Products launches new Freshline traceability solution

Air Products, a leading supplier of gas based equipment and technology for the food industry, has teamed up with Traceall Ltd to introduce an innovative online traceability solution, which can be tailored to specific food process lines.

Correcting five wrongs can make a right

Correcting five wrongs can make a right

David Karlin, managing director, mid-market division, Sage UK, says the findings from the Sage Business Heartbeat Survey-a new, continuing study into the ups and downs of business life-offer hope for the majority of manufacturers who are dissatisfied with their IT.

Benchpoint Wins International Recognition With "Measurement Product Of The Year" Award From The USA

Benchpoint, the UK web polling and measurement system, has been named as the "Best New Measurement Product of 2004". The award comes from the US-based "Measurement Standard", a specialist communications measurement portal.

The future; six years on

The future; six years on

Industrial computing products are generally developed in response to a given business requirement or problemMark Hardy, managing director, Belgravium.

SEMATECH Adopts the ArchestrA Application Platform from Wonderware for Interface A Validation and Demonstration System

SEMATECH is implementing the ArchestrA application platform through its International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative subsidiary, a global consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers.

19 May - Is your supply chain your weakest link?

Survive has announced a new seminar to be held in May this year on supply chain continuity. The seminar, which will feature speakers from John Lewis, Next Group, and Nike, and which will be chaired by Dr Helen Peck of Cranfield University, will be the first held by Survive dedicated to the risk that supply chains represent to all organisations.

80% of manufacturing companies fail to get the most out of their global operations

New research from Deloitte shows companies face a 50% profit loss from blinkered approach to design and management of global networks.

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