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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Smart warehousing makes smart business

Smart warehousing makes smart business

Consumer goods supply chains are becoming more complex. As retailers deliver services across an increasing number of channels to maximise revenue potential, customers in each of those channels are becoming increasingly demanding.

Top supply chain challenges for consumer goods companies

Top supply chain challenges for consumer goods companies

Creating a demand-driven supply chain, choosing between ERP and best-of-breed supply chain solutions and using supply chain technology to reduce operating expenses.

Deal with the issues

Deal with the issues

The consumer goods supply chain has many issues to deal with. What is more, these issues are growing in complexity and need addressing immediately. We address some of the issues to Martin Hiscox, EMEA Leader, RedPrairie.

Dedicated to supporting UK manufacturing

Dedicated to supporting UK manufacturing

Andrew Buckley, Sages recently appointed director of Sage Manufacturing Solutions describes why the company has seen fit to launch a new business unit to assist a well-established market sector.

Wipro partners Akzo Nobel in IT infrastructure management across multiple locations in US and Europe

Wipro Technologies will help Akzo Nobel Chemicals implement their idea of creating a shared IT environment by providing infrastructure management services for distributed data centers across multiple locations in the US and Europe.

ERP systems for CPG manufacturing: Five essential checks for your selection list

ERP systems for CPG manufacturing: Five essential checks for your selection list

If you are selecting a new ERP system, dont make assumptions that they all work the way you do. This article looks at some of the differentiating features of CPG manufacturing, and identifies some of the features that an ERP system must have to support CPG manufacturing.

Queen's Awards Invite Applications from Logistics Sector

Successful companies from the logistics sector are being invited to apply now for a chance to win a Queen's Awards for Enterprise - the UK's most prestigious Award for business-related achievement.

The big comeback: The SCE company that never went away

The big comeback: The SCE company that never went away

Catalyst International has been quiet for some time, keeping its head down serving its existing customers and selling more solutions to them, and gaining new clients. Now its back on the SCE radar and it aims to take its competitors head on, with no holds barred. We discuss whats happening with Steve Barker, VP sales and marketing for Europe.

So, you have an ERP system

So, you have an ERP system

You have lots of data. What are you doing with it?

The Automation of the Management of Compliance

The Automation of the Management of Compliance

There is no out of the box IT solution to compliance. Technology has a role to play, but only in supporting business specific objectives not enforcing a generic compliance strategy. Using standard business tools to automate the collection of key business information, organisations can achieve rapid visibility of their risk exposure and avoid the dangers associated with business change that can rapidly undermine compliance procedures, argues Tim Considine, Managing Director of First Option.

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