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

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Making water supplies more resilient for manufacturers

Making water supplies more resilient for manufacturers

Manufacturers are being urged to review their contingency plans following water supply disruptions caused by extreme weather last week which saw Cadbury's and Jaguar Land Rover temporarily close factories in the West Midlands.

Never underestimate the importance of happy customers

Never underestimate the importance of happy customers

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch.

With the eDelivery Expo, the UK's largest retail, fulfilment and final mile conference, taking place on 21 and 22 March, 2018 this got me thinking about the importance of final mile, customer service and operational excellence.

Britain sees major growth in artificial intelligence jobs

Britain sees major growth in artificial intelligence jobs

The UK's artificial intelligence sector is growing faster than rivals in America, Canada and Australia - putting Britain on course to be the global leader in AI technology.

Four in five IT SME bosses face recruitment and retention issues

Four in five IT SME bosses face recruitment and retention issues

The latest Aldermore Future Attitudes report reveals that four in five (80%) of SMEs in the IT sector, representing 270,280* small and medium sized business across the UK, find it difficult to hire qualified staff members or keep existing talent in the company.

Digital transformation is being held back by legacy technology, warns TmaxSoft

Digital transformation is being held back by legacy technology, warns TmaxSoft

Research from the Cloud Industry Forum finds that 9 in 10 businesses see legacy technology as a barrier to digital transformation

Facebook's trip consideration objective: What you need to know

Facebook's trip consideration objective: What you need to know

By Declan Kennedy, CEO, StitcherAds.

Facebook has announced that its ad platform will now offer an optimisation option called Trip Consideration, which will target users who are in the early stages of considering a trip.

IoT is a leading force in helping the transport and logistics sector to drive down its carbon footprint, finds Inmarsat

IoT is a leading force in helping the transport and logistics sector to drive down its carbon footprint, finds Inmarsat

The Internet of Things (IoT) will play a pivotal role in enabling the transport and logistics sector to reduce its carbon footprint and minimise any negative impact on the environment.

Tipping point for ‘tap and go’ as mobile payments top £975 million

Tipping point for ‘tap and go’ as mobile payments top £975 million

Mobile payments are fast approaching a tipping point, with spending via smartphones accelerating according to the latest consumer spending data from Worldpay.

Cyber security, big data analytics and enterprise cloud among top digital technologies for retail and CPG firms

Cyber security, big data analytics and enterprise cloud among top digital technologies for retail and CPG firms

An Infosys research report titled, Digital Outlook for the Retail and CPG Industry, highlights how digital technologies deployed at organisations are improving existing operations, solving new problems, and creating new opportunities.

Over a third of small businesses have not yet started preparing for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation – FSB research

Over a third of small businesses have not yet started preparing for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation – FSB research

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) research shows that over a third (33%) of small businesses have not yet started preparing for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) while a further third (35%) are only in the early stages of preparations.

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