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


Zetes to expand and increase its activities on the personal authentication market thanks to the takeover of the assets and know-how of the Idoc Cards division

Zetes Industries announces the takeover of the Cards division of the Belgian company Idoc. This acquisition means that the Zetes Group now covers the entire smart card production chain.

Western European Process Manufacturing IT Spending to Reach $36.7 Billion in 2009, Says IDC

IDC estimates that overall IT spending in the Western European process manufacturing industry will reach $31.8 billion in 2005, with a CAGR over the forecast period of 3.6% to reach a market value of $36.7 billion in 2009.

Innovate Logistics Opens Centre of Excellence at Space27

The Centre is intended to provide continuing professional development for all Innovate staff in a variety of areas including warehouse management systems, IT software and health and safety, as well as providing the best first impressions for new employee inductions.

The perfect order

The perfect order

For manufacturers that involve make to order and extensive product customisation the idea of the perfect order becomes a more elusive yet critical goal.

Wilson Alexander, the 1st life science manufacturing search consultancy launches internationally

Wilson Alexander Ltd, the 'first of a kind' executive search and interim management consultancy, has launched this month.

RFID one bit at a time!

RFID  one bit at a time!

Migration from today's bar code infrastructure to a financially advantageous RFID future.

Modular solutions meet customer demands

Modular solutions meet customer demands

Savoye provides solutions for logistics, picking, warehouse management, IT, planning and integration. The company is raising its profile in the UK. Benot Davoust, Savoye UKs MD, discusses the strengths of the company and its offerings.

Mid-sized businesses underestimate strategic value of IT, IBM survey shows

Majority believe they have adequate systems yet 59% say that IT infrastructure unable to support key business goals

SOA for beginners

SOA for beginners

How do you know whether SOA is just another one of those here today, gone tomorrow, change the world acronyms, or the big one that you just have to implement?

What do I pay you for?

What do I pay you for?

As technology has enabled new ways of doing business, organisations have come to rely heavily on their IT departments for continued growth and competitive edge. But have IT departments adapted to meet the new responsibilities that come with this pivotal role?

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