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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ERP selection: What today's project team Needs to Know

ERP selection: What today's project team Needs to Know

By Andrew Bolivar, Senior Consultant and Director, Centre of Excellence, Ultra Consultants.

For many small to medium-sized manufacturers, the time is now for selecting and implementing a new ERP solution or updating an existing one. Forrester Research estimates that half of companies using ERP systems are currently on releases that are at least two versions behind the current release.

Business expense burden causing financial stress for UK’s manufacturing employees

Business expense burden causing financial stress for UK’s manufacturing employees

A staggering 59% of manufacturing employees in the UK who regularly travel for business have suffered personal financial difficulties as a result of paying for expenses out of their own pocket.

How to Supercharge the Retail Customer Experience and Revenue with RFID

How to Supercharge the Retail Customer Experience and Revenue with RFID

By Alan Tamny, Global Product Management, Checkpoint Systems.

How can retailers maintain or even thrive in an environment in which brick and mortar sales and profits have become more challenging?

Marketing could be improved, say manufacturers

Marketing could be improved, say manufacturers

Managers of manufacturing companies say there is room for improvement in their marketing activities, according to a recent survey.

Commissioned by Birmingham-based Cognition Agency, the survey showed 74% of companies using online advertising, 67% with a social media presence, and 65% taking advantage of online content.

A poor understanding of data is hampering retailers’ efforts to drive a positive customer experience, says Claranet

A poor understanding of data is hampering retailers’ efforts to drive a positive customer experience, says Claranet

In today's digital world, data is a vital asset that gives organisations the ability to uncover valuable insights about customer behaviour, which ultimately provides businesses with a competitive edge.

Global weather fluctuation reduces global wheat production down 33 million tonnes to 726 million tonnes in 2018

Global weather fluctuation reduces global wheat production down 33 million tonnes to 726 million tonnes in 2018

Informa's Agribusiness Intelligence is predicting global production of wheat will be down year on year in 2018.

Public believes manufacturing vital for future of post-Brexit economy – EEF/Womble Bond Dickinson survey

Public believes manufacturing vital for future of post-Brexit economy – EEF/Womble Bond Dickinson survey

A new poll shows that the general public thinks manufacturing is hugely important to the future of the UK economy post-Brexit and that Government should place more value on it, but there are massive misperceptions about the pay and opportunities it offers, as well as its world ranking.

Three ways your supply chain manager can help improve speed-to-market

Three ways your supply chain manager can help improve speed-to-market

By John Caltabiano, VP of Global Supply Chain, Jabil.

Given a choice, would you launch your product late, or launch it over budget? Choosing to go to market late might present the greater risk to profitability, according to a report published by McKinsey & Company that claims, on average, going to market six months late but within budget can shave 33 percent off profits.

From barcodes to low-code: Powering digital transformation in retail

From barcodes to low-code: Powering digital transformation in retail

By Nick Pike, Vice-President, EMEA, OutSystems.

The invention of the barcode revolutionised the retail industry, making it possible for individual stores to stock a far wider range of products and to diversify their offering to appeal to a broader market.

Failing to deliver: Lack of live order delivery tracking can cost retailers custom

Failing to deliver: Lack of live order delivery tracking can cost retailers custom

Lack of live order tracking could be costing retailers lost conversions and customer loyalty, the latest research from Sorted, the delivery experience company, warns.

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