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


Stratus CA Framework launched for plant-wide IT "availability" lifecycle challenges in Life Sciences manufacturing

Named the Stratus CA (continuous availability) Framework(tm), it is a unified portfolio of comprehensive services and products that will reduce the complexity, cost and risk of deploying and maintaining operational continuity in highly regulated manufacturing environments.


- Growth weakest since Q4 2001 - Employment falls - New orders lowest since Q2 2003

A call to action for supply chain security

A call to action for supply chain security

For those of us in logistics, supply chain security is a part of our jobs. In many ways, logistics has been the "front line" of supply chain security all along, protecting assets in transit.

IT vendor marketing falling on deaf ears in the manufacturing sector

Survey reveals clear disconnect between IT vendors and the customers they are trying to serve.

Making smart choices in uncertain times

Making smart choices in uncertain times

Many companies that are responding to customer radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging requirements are surprised to learn they have a choice of RFID technologies to provide. They could receive another, negative surprise later if they do not make a wise choice.

Caterpillar Logistics Services and ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures agree to sale of RelayStar N.V.

Caterpillar Inc. subsidiary to acquire ownership of last-mile service parts logistics specialist.

Putting inherent instability to good use.

Putting inherent instability to good use.

Fly by wire: why lean initiatives need APS to remain agileby Graham Hackwell, guest columnist

IDC Expects Total Western Europe Automotive IT Market Size to Reach $7.7 Billion by 2008

The business drivers of the automotive industry continue to force car manufacturers to examine certain functional business areas within their value chains.

Skills for Logistics backs Government Skills White Paper

Employer demand-led skills needs top agenda for new Government White Paper White Paper addresses reform of skills supply and use. Skills for Logistics welcomes Government's programme to put employers needs first.

The financial benefits of bonded warehousing

The financial benefits of bonded warehousing

Bonded warehousing can benefit a wide range of businessSimon Shore, EMEA Project Group Leader, RedPrairie.

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