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


The View From 10,000 Feet: How High-Tech Can Learn From Aerospace & Defence

We all spend our days immersed in our own industry, looking for ways of improving the way we do things from within.

Mind the Gap: Minimise the risk of failure for your investment in mobile technology

Mind the Gap: Minimise the risk of failure for your investment in mobile technology

Moving to mobile technology will always be a big investment for any organisation.

Complacency rife in IT projects

A survey just out by HP and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has found that many European IT workers are not being held responsible for delivering projects late.

Show IT who's boss

Show IT who's boss

By Rod Horrocks of Procertis and Ken Gorf of West Trax.

The Shocking Cost of Holding Stock

Evidence shows us that even today, it is commonly accepted that the cost of holding stock to a business is between 4 and 10% (on top of the stocks value). However, research has shown that the real figure is nearer 40%

Taking control of global logistics

Taking control of global logistics

By Dominic Regan of Oracle Transportation Management

Manufacturers aware; emerging markets still a risky business?

Manufacturers with operations in the emerging markets are failing to properly assess the risks posed to their business, says Sir Digby Jones, Senior Adviser to Deloitte.

Distribution and the wider supply chain

Distribution and the wider supply chain

With tighter deadlines, higher freight costs and increased demand unpredictability, how can manufacturers and distributors ensure their extended supply chain network is best geared to improving delivery, stock and production efficiencies while enhancing customer service?

Increasing globalisation puts pressure on supply chain systems

The trend for companies to source globally is having a major impact on the design and performance of supply chain systems, according to the latest survey of this market from PMP Research

S&T Survey: Clients rate quality of service higher than price

Quality, efficiency and a smooth working relationship determine client satisfaction

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