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


Finding the value in RFID implementations

Finding the value in RFID implementations

Manufacturing companies should look at RFID as a solution that can help them to deliver real value to their customers and to their bottom line by improving business processes.

Stretched IT budgets in the manufacturing sector focus on business benefit over cost-cutting

Research among 700 IT directors in the manufacturing industry reveals that their primary spending objectives are to improve system stability and up-time (39%) and to deliver business benefit (38%). Only 20% in the manufacturing sector spend in order to cut costs.

Outsourced logistics to account for 45% of total logistics spend as EU15 manufacturers and retailers outsource more supply chain functions

According to Datamonitor, total spend on outsourced logistics will reach Euro175.5bn by 2008 to account for 45% share of total logistics spend.


The Company will provide storage, picking, shared-user and transportation services.

Frigoglass set to save over 10% of freight costs

Freight Traders has announced that it is set to save the Frigoglass Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of commercial refrigerators and packaging products, over 10% on its annual freight bill.

Reacting faster with Product Lifecycle Management: Why PLM is important to future life sciences growth

In their latest global research report Increasing the lifetime value of pharmaceutical products , Capgemini Life Sciences have found that the majority of pharmaceutical companies are missing vital opportunities to maximize their products lifetime value.

Leading Team Set Up New IT Professional Services Firm

A team of partners and directors from top firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Origin, Anderson Consulting and IBM, have joined forces to launch an IT professional services company, Acuera Consulting Limited.

Voice power reaches the automotive aftermarket

Voice power reaches the automotive aftermarket

Any new technology that focuses on improving profitability is usually first adopted by the retail industryhardly surprising considering the small margins that retailers often have to work with. But over the last couple of years, the automotive market has been catching on fast to the benefits.

WARNING: Hands off my strategy say European IT Directors

100% of IT directors in manufacturing want to keep IT strategy management in-house, says Synstar.

Hes got the key to the door

Perry Watts, Exels Managing Director, Retail and Consumer Non-Food presents Comets Managing Director Simon Fox with the key to Comets new North West Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Skelmersdale, Lancashire at its official opening on Friday 3 September 2004.

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