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


A step-by-step guide to online security

In discussing online security, many people seem to approach it with unnecessary trepidation, when in actual fact its no more complicated than such daily security habits as locking the car or closing the front door.

IT: a compliance lifeline

IT: a compliance lifeline

Lars Davies, Chairman of the Life Sciences Compliance Forum, looks at how technology can help pharmaceutical companies cope with the industrys growing regulatory burden

First UK combined POS and weighing solution

Business Computer Projects (BCP) and Avery Berkel have formed a partnership to launch what they claim to be the UKs first fully integrated point of sale (PoS) and weighing solution on a single item of hardware.

Microsoft and Siemens launch European MES Expertise Centre

Centre will help demonstrate the benefits of seamless information from the factory floor to plant managers in real time.


Sector recovers slightly, employment falls for fourth quarter running, levels of outstanding business continue to fall

Empowering the pharma planner

Empowering the pharma planner

Is the Pharmaceuticals sector showing us the way to be truly lean and agile?

Monitoring: For better or worse

Monitoring: For better or worse

From the motorway to the high street, to the emails on our computer and now seemingly to the warehouse--increasingly technology is capable of monitoring an individual's movement. The media are happy to portray the UK as becoming the most monitored society in the world, evoking the rather hackneyed Orwellian clichs. But in reality the ability to track an individual's movements is often the by-product of technological advance to achieve an entirely different goal.

Money doesn't buy results

New Booz Allen Hamilton innovation study finds no relationship between R&D spending and corporate performance

IBM Introduces New Solutions, Services for Mid-Sized Businesses

Industry and infrastructure offerings focus on security, business performance and ease of use; Designed and priced for mid-market, offered by business partners

Manufacturing companies face data crisis

Survey shows that crucial data left unmonitored

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