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



Exel, the global leader in supply chain management, today confirms that all regulatory competition procedures and required shareholder approvals have now been received and its cash offer for Tibbett & Britten is now unconditional.

Leading Analyst Firm Reports Oracle's Worldwide Market Share Climbs to Nearly 8 Percent

Oracle's supply chain management (SCM) global market share increased 1 percent to 7.8 percent, and maintained its second place market share rating, helped by double-digit growth in its license revenue during the 2003 calendar year, according to a recent report by Gartner Dataquest.


Exel, the global leader in supply chain management, today announces the Company has received the Supplier Excellence Award for the Alliance Product Distribution Center, which it operates for Texas Instruments Incorporated.

The Secrets of my success - Britain's bosses reveal all

Forget innovative business ideas, visionary leadership or strategic thinking - the secret of success for Britain's 3.8 million small business entrepreneurs is good, old- fashioned hard work.

Beyond ERP: the quest for returns

"We've spent millions of pounds implementing Enterprise Resource Planning, but we haven't got the results we were promisedno significant savings, no marked improvement in performance." Does this sound familiar?

Putting cost to the back of the supply chain

Putting cost to the back of the supply chain

Many organisations could benefit from deferring payment of taxes to as close to the point-of-sale as possible by using bonded warehouses.

SEL Imperial employ invisible workforce

It is well documented that British companies involved in the sales and distribution of products are facing an up hill battle against rising fuel prices and stiff competition. However, one Doncaster-based company is fighting back with something very different, an invisible workforce.

Change or die: adopting business processes to deliver real cost benefits

Change or die: adopting business processes to deliver real cost benefits

Businesses need to evolve by analysing each activity to identify opportunities for improvement. Technology can offer a great deal in support of this quest, but the starting point is the business process.

New performance indicator brings hands-on help to UK manufacturing sector

An organisation being formally launched in the UK reportedly is set relieve the pressures on the UK manufacturing sector.

Making CRM work in the ERP environment

Making CRM work in the ERP environment

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems enable access to copious amounts of data that make life easier for manufacturing organisations. Matthew Phelps from McGuffie Brunton describes how automating customer relationship management systems can run with ERP to enhance your customer services.

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