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


Synchronising the Multi-plant Supply Chain

The material war is over and the battle for capacity has just begun, writes Mike Novels, Preactor International.

Supply-Chain Council Announces Its Strategic Plan for 2004-2005

The plan identifies four strategic goals for the coming year that will increase global awareness of the SCC and the Supply-Chain Operations-Reference-model (SCOR).

IT Intense & Traumatic?

45% of IT directors in the manufacturing industry say that not having their voice heard at board level is the biggest contributor to stress For 42% the economic climate adds to their woes.

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.

Einstein Year - A chance for UK business to help physics, raise profile, and reach future recruits

The Institute of Physics (IoP) is calling on businesses and organisations from across Britain and Ireland to support physics by participating in next years "Einstein Year".


Leading supply chain solution provider, Wincanton, has placed a further contract with national safety, security and asset protection specialist, Reflex.


Exel, the global leader in supply chain management, today confirms that all regulatory competition procedures and required shareholder approvals have now been received and its cash offer for Tibbett & Britten is now unconditional.

Leading Analyst Firm Reports Oracle's Worldwide Market Share Climbs to Nearly 8 Percent

Oracle's supply chain management (SCM) global market share increased 1 percent to 7.8 percent, and maintained its second place market share rating, helped by double-digit growth in its license revenue during the 2003 calendar year, according to a recent report by Gartner Dataquest.


Exel, the global leader in supply chain management, today announces the Company has received the Supplier Excellence Award for the Alliance Product Distribution Center, which it operates for Texas Instruments Incorporated.

The Secrets of my success - Britain's bosses reveal all

Forget innovative business ideas, visionary leadership or strategic thinking - the secret of success for Britain's 3.8 million small business entrepreneurs is good, old- fashioned hard work.

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