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


Beyond ERP: the quest for returns

"We've spent millions of pounds implementing Enterprise Resource Planning, but we haven't got the results we were promisedno significant savings, no marked improvement in performance." Does this sound familiar?

Putting cost to the back of the supply chain

Putting cost to the back of the supply chain

Many organisations could benefit from deferring payment of taxes to as close to the point-of-sale as possible by using bonded warehouses.

SEL Imperial employ invisible workforce

It is well documented that British companies involved in the sales and distribution of products are facing an up hill battle against rising fuel prices and stiff competition. However, one Doncaster-based company is fighting back with something very different, an invisible workforce.

Change or die: adopting business processes to deliver real cost benefits

Change or die: adopting business processes to deliver real cost benefits

Businesses need to evolve by analysing each activity to identify opportunities for improvement. Technology can offer a great deal in support of this quest, but the starting point is the business process.

New performance indicator brings hands-on help to UK manufacturing sector

An organisation being formally launched in the UK reportedly is set relieve the pressures on the UK manufacturing sector.

Making CRM work in the ERP environment

Making CRM work in the ERP environment

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems enable access to copious amounts of data that make life easier for manufacturing organisations. Matthew Phelps from McGuffie Brunton describes how automating customer relationship management systems can run with ERP to enhance your customer services.

Direct store delivery initiative will enhance sales, logistics, service and mobile applications.

Direct store delivery initiative will enhance sales, logistics, service and mobile applications.

Worlds largest beverage distributor teams with SAP to develop mobile business solutions to optimise the performance and merchandising of the beverage industry.


Employees are overworked, undervalued and insecure, says survey.

Logistics provider, Tradeteam, transforms its IT service delivery

Computacenter helps bring quality and best practice to IT service delivery.

Brunel University Signs Exclusive 4.5 Million Deal with Close Venture Management to Fund Spin Outs

In an exclusive agreement with Brunel University Enterprises Limited, Close Venture Management has agreed to set aside ten per cent of a projected 45 million VCT to invest in spin out companies from Engineering Departments and the Wolfson Centre for Materials Processing.

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