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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Job market boom predicted in supply chain sector as vacancies rise above pre-lockdown levels

Job market boom predicted in supply chain sector as vacancies rise above pre-lockdown levels

The supply chain sector will experience a job market boom over the coming months as over 60 percent of workers in warehouse, logistics and delivery spent time during lockdown searching for a new role, according to latest research.

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

By Daniel Dombach, EMEA Industry Solutions Director, Zebra Technologies.

While the pandemic has impacted many companies, others have experienced strong growth as restrictions applied to pre-COVID 19 shopping patterns have accelerated growth in ecommerce.

‘Use your loaf’: Bakers Basco boss warns of tensions in bakery supply chain if panic buying reaches pre-lockdown levels.

‘Use your loaf’: Bakers Basco boss warns of tensions in bakery supply chain if panic buying reaches pre-lockdown levels.

Paul Empson, General Manager of Bakers Basco, is warning the general public to ‘use one’s loaf’ and avoid panic buying as the possibility of a second nationwide UK lockdown hangs in the balance, to ensure demand doesn’t outstrip supply.

Achieving an agile supply chain

Achieving an agile supply chain

Supply chain resilience has never been more important. Global markets are apt to change at a moment’s notice, often a result of dramatic shifts in consumer demand and availability of products – as can be seen most recently, in the restriction in component supply due to global lockdown. These sudden changes in demand can affect manufacturers in every sector.

'Boring is good' as global air cargo market takes another step to recovery in September

'Boring is good' as global air cargo market takes another step to recovery in September

A record ‘dynamic loadfactor’ and high airfreight rates on the world’s premier trade lanes in September showed the global air cargo market edging towards a sustainable recovery at the start of the traditional peak season, says industry analysts CLIVE Data Services and TAC Index.

‘Prioritise H&S’ ahead of online Xmas sales spike, Bureau Veritas tells retailers

‘Prioritise H&S’ ahead of online Xmas sales spike, Bureau Veritas tells retailers

With tighter coronavirus restrictions forcing increasing numbers of Christmas shoppers online this year, compliance authority Bureau Veritas is advising retailers and logistics firms to prepare for the extra health, safety and hygiene risks this rise in festive e-commerce sales will bring.

Wearable sensor industry worth US$2.5 billion in 2020, new IDTechEx study finds

Wearable sensor industry worth US$2.5 billion in 2020, new IDTechEx study finds

The wearable sensor industry will be worth US$2.5 billion in 2020, having tripled in size since 2014. This comes despite the significant economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused a reduction in the total revenue this year.

Taking centre stage: The cloud and its role in the new ways of working

Taking centre stage: The cloud and its role in the new ways of working

In the wake of COVID-19, enabling remote work has required many IT teams to rapidly lean into cloud technologies to keep their businesses operating smoothly.

African and Eastern European translations increase as manufacturing businesses expand outside EU

African and Eastern European translations increase as manufacturing businesses expand outside EU

New data suggests a surge in manufacturing business growth in territories such as Africa and Eastern Europe, with business materials being translated into languages such as Zulu, Afrikaans, Serbian and Macedonian at least 2,000 per cent more than three years ago.

Lacklustre training leaves retail staff underprepared to perform during the pandemic, research from Axonify reveals

Lacklustre training leaves retail staff underprepared to perform during the pandemic, research from Axonify reveals

A lack of training has left frontline retail associates underprepared to perform during the pandemic, research from the latest report from Axonify, a modern training and communication solution for frontline associates, has revealed.

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