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


Software system will transform businesses

SoftExpert consists of the most complete and integrated set of tools to fully automate and improve all processes related to quality of products and services.

Lack of inspiration stifles UK organisations

Research released by the Chartered Management Institute and DTI shows that an "inspiration gap" exists - marking a difference between how business leaders see themselves and how others see them.


Company manages global export from Europe.

The evolution from compliance to performance in the process industries

The evolution from compliance to performance in the process industries

New laws and regulations are having, or soon will have, a major impact on process manufacturing companies.


Computer Aid International, the world's largest non-profit provider of PCs to schools and community organisations in developing countries, will assist supply chain specialist Gist with the disposal of its redundant ICT equipment.

Visibility In Supply Chains Means Firms Will Compete Supply Chain To Supply Chain, According To New Study from Capgemini

Clean & Clear Demand Signals, Elimination of Inventory Based on Risk, Shared Benefits for Improvement & True Flow of Information, Products & Services Will Result.

A TDG/Salvesen merger would mean stronger UK presence but little growth scope in mainland Europe

UK-based logistics company TDG has confirmed it has held preliminary merger discussions with domestic rival Christian Salvesen.

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.

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