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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Gartner survey reveals 17% of chief supply chain officers are women

Gartner survey reveals 17% of chief supply chain officers are women

While supply chain organisations deal with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, they still pursue gender equality goals. According to Gartner, Inc.’s 2020 Women in Supply Chain Survey among 177 supply chain professionals, 17% of chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) are now women – a 6% increase compared to 2019 and the highest rate since the first edition of the survey in 2016.

Chip manufacturing equipment spending to hit record high $70 billion in 2021 after strong 2020, SEMI reports

Chip manufacturing equipment spending to hit record high $70 billion in 2021 after strong 2020, SEMI reports

Global sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment by original equipment manufacturers are projected to increase six percent to US$63.2 billion in 2020 compared to $59.6 billion in 2019 before logging record high revenue of $70 billion in 2021 on the strength of double-digit growth, SEMI announced today in releasing its Mid-Year Total Semiconductor Equipment Forecast – OEM Perspective at the annual SEMICON West exposition.

Can retail staff be left to their own devices?

Can retail staff be left to their own devices?

Covid-19 has changed the relationship between companies and their frontline employees forever, and workers’ own devices are proving to be a key tool for keeping everyone connected, trained and ready to embrace the new normal.

Inventory management software market 2026 - A USD 5 billion revenue opportunity

Inventory management software market 2026 - A USD 5 billion revenue opportunity

According to a recent study from market research firm Global Market Insights, the inventory management software market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $5 billion to over $5 billion by 2026, gaining remarkable traction over the 2020 to 2026 period.

The value of global trade insights in navigating COVID-19 supply chain disruptions

The value of global trade insights in navigating COVID-19 supply chain disruptions

The Coronavirus pandemic has exposed the fragility of the modern supply chain, as companies struggle to acquire the products and raw materials needed to keep revenue flowing. With many businesses relying heavily on a limited number of trading partners, many located in hard-hit areas like China, the scale of the supply chain disruption has been a wake-up call.

Only 30% of LGV drivers feel valued, finds new Talent in Logistics research

Only 30% of LGV drivers feel valued, finds new Talent in Logistics research

According to a recent survey by Talent in Logistics, just 30% of LGV drivers in the UK feel valued.

'Reluctant returners': Managing absence post-lockdown

'Reluctant returners': Managing absence post-lockdown

Returning to the workplace following lockdown will no doubt be met with mixed responses writes Felicity Staff, Senior Legal Advisor at Make UK.

Manufacturing sector sees a significant surge in confidence, going from 9% to 30% in three months

Manufacturing sector sees a significant surge in confidence, going from 9% to 30% in three months

The proportion of UK small businesses predicting growth has almost doubled in just three months – from 14% to 27% – giving one of the first tangible indications that the Government’s easing of lockdown is having a positive impact on a key area of the UK economy.

Chinese manufacturers taking the lead in COVID-19 recovery, followed by Europe and the US

Chinese manufacturers taking the lead in COVID-19 recovery, followed by Europe and the US

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe and governments take different approaches to tackling the virus, Ease, the provider of mobile audit and insights software for manufacturers, has released exclusive findings, using its own plant floor insights to monitor manufacturing activity across different countries since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ready, set, go – Gamification in the warehouse

Ready, set, go – Gamification in the warehouse

By Alex MacPherson – Director of Solution Consultancy & Account Management, Manhattan Associates.

Employee engagement in warehouse settings has received well-deserved attention in recent months.

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