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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FMCGs: Can your supply chain handle the pace?

FMCGs: Can your supply chain handle the pace?

The fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector brings with it a unique set of challenges for the supply chain. Steve Barker, Catalyst International, discusses the issues.

APS work for me? Thats not what Ive heard

APS work for me? Thats not what Ive heard

Mike Novels, Preactor International, explores manufacturing myths and describes genuine reasons for applying advanced planning and scheduling software.

Delegates hear third party contract liability warning

Following recent changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE), any company taking on a new contract providing services, may now find that they are responsible for redundancy payments and potentially liable for unfair dismissal claims.

Manufacturing Industry - The Perfect Schedule!

Manufacturing Industry - The Perfect Schedule!

This article from US consultancy Core Practice Partners LLC examines how a shift from traditional scheduling could help service companies cash in on a golden opportunity to expand their businesses and increase profitability.

Putting processes before technology is the answer to combating shrinkage in the supply chain

Putting processes before technology is the answer to combating shrinkage in the supply chain

Combating loss in the supply chain is more about processes than technology, says Mike Davies, UK CEO for international IT and business services company, Enabler.

Dont Let Your Data Become an MPFree-For-All

Dont Let Your Data Become an MPFree-For-All

David Beesley of Security Consultancy Network Defence looks at the threat businesses face from handheld USB devices and how to secure core business systems against them, without sacrificing productivity.

Infor: Inside the automotive industry

Infor: Inside the automotive industry

Lets face it. Its not easy being in the automotive supplier industry. Infors automotive industry analysis indicates that for major players in the automotive supply chain, there are seven trends having the greatest impact.

Manufacturers gain the benefits of CRM technology

Manufacturers gain the benefits of CRM technology

A striking feature of the manufacturing software market over the last year has been the renewed interest in customer relationship management (CRM). Sages research with Benchmark confirms that manufacturers have suddenly taken to this technology.

Effective WMS supports lean manufacturing

Effective WMS supports lean manufacturing

The best WMS help minimise inventory by supporting the efficient flow of materials. They can link with ERP, manufacturing and other systems to ensure stock is ordered and scheduled for delivery only when required and made available for production as soon as it arrives.

Voice: Not just for simple case order picking

Voice:  Not just for simple case order picking

Many people may be under the impression that pick-by-voice is only used for straight-forward case picking and who could blame them? Here we look at different scenarios that demonstrate how this amazing technology can offer a lot more.

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