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



Sector recovers slightly, employment falls for fourth quarter running, levels of outstanding business continue to fall

Empowering the pharma planner

Empowering the pharma planner

Is the Pharmaceuticals sector showing us the way to be truly lean and agile?

Monitoring: For better or worse

Monitoring: For better or worse

From the motorway to the high street, to the emails on our computer and now seemingly to the warehouse--increasingly technology is capable of monitoring an individual's movement. The media are happy to portray the UK as becoming the most monitored society in the world, evoking the rather hackneyed Orwellian clichs. But in reality the ability to track an individual's movements is often the by-product of technological advance to achieve an entirely different goal.

Money doesn't buy results

New Booz Allen Hamilton innovation study finds no relationship between R&D spending and corporate performance

IBM Introduces New Solutions, Services for Mid-Sized Businesses

Industry and infrastructure offerings focus on security, business performance and ease of use; Designed and priced for mid-market, offered by business partners

Manufacturing companies face data crisis

Survey shows that crucial data left unmonitored


As soon as legislators start interfering in business decisions about how supply chains are structured and the way in which freight is moved, business costs go up.

IBS acquires specialized Java company

IBS has signed an agreement to acquire all the shares in the system development company Iptor AB in Gothenburg, Sweden. Iptor is a niche company that works with open-source business software, Java and integration.

RedPrairie Donates Over $60,000 to Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Employees donate heavily and company generously matches

Western European SRM Applications Market on the Upswing as Strategic Sourcing Fuels Growth, Says IDC

Demand for supplier relationship management (SRM) applications in Western Europe increased in 2004, according to a new study from IDC. Much of the demand has come from a surge in orders for strategic sourcing solutions integrating and leveraging existing procurement systems.

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