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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Why true standardisation is key to harmonisation

Why true standardisation is key to harmonisation

By Arnaud Crouzet, VP Security & Consulting at FIME.

Standardisation is prolific in any digital sector and the payments world is no different. However, despite the existence and widespread adoption of global payment standards, we’ve still yet to achieve true standardisation.

Sports technology market to reach USD 33.63 billion by 2024: Knowledge ourcing Intelligence

Sports technology market to reach USD 33.63 billion by 2024: Knowledge ourcing Intelligence

The sports technology market is estimated to reach $33,629.367 million by 2024 as a result of the growing demand for data-driven operations and focus on improving fans engagement: Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence.

Shoppers’ response to smart speakers is muted

Shoppers’ response to smart speakers is muted

Recent widely quoted predictions have claimed Voice shopping will grow to US$40bn (£32bn) in 2022, up massively from $1.8 bn (£1.4bn) in 2018 across the US and $0.2bn (£0.16bn) in the UK.

Rising demand for secure data analytics drives strong half-year results for Panintelligence

Rising demand for secure data analytics drives strong half-year results for Panintelligence

Fast-growing data analytics and business intelligence (BI) software developer Panintelligence has reported half-year financial results showing an increase in turnover of more than 20%.

Supply chain impact: Trumps tariff warning rocks global markets

Supply chain impact: Trumps tariff warning rocks global markets

By Slimane Allab, EMEA General Manager and SVP, LLamasoft.

The ongoing US/China trade war affects businesses’ supply chains in a variety of ways and not just in terms of increased taxes and tariffs.

Onboarding: the key to a successful EDI project

Onboarding: the key to a successful EDI project

By Karolina Piotrzkowska, Business Solution Manager, Comarch.

Onboarding business partners is a crucial step in any EDI project. Indeed, it may be said to be the most important, for a technically perfect EDI solution has no value if business partners are not connected and exchanging messages effectively. Given the complexity of the issue, this article presents the most important aspects of the process to help you increase your chances of success with your EDI project.

‘Retailers were already struggling – now it’s even more difficult to keep up’: BRC and Chargebacks911 support retailers struggling with payment disputes

‘Retailers were already struggling – now it’s even more difficult to keep up’: BRC and Chargebacks911 support retailers struggling with payment disputes

The go-to trade association for all UK retailers, British Retail Consortium (BRC), is working with dispute processing and remediation company, Chargebacks911, to help its members better understand how to combat friendly fraud and chargebacks.

UK exports fall in the face of global trade tensions

UK exports fall in the face of global trade tensions

Whilst the export of goods from the UK fell in Q2 2019, larger UK manufacturers remain focused on export growth with the highest proportion of companies exporting in nearly four years, according to the latest Lloyds Bank International Trade Index, compiled in partnership with IHS Markit.

Five tips for delivering better customer experiences through agile manufacturing

Five tips for delivering better customer experiences through agile manufacturing

By John Bruno, VP of Product Management, Elastic Path Software.

Agility is now a vital attribute for modern manufacturers however, it requires a different mindset. One that goes against years of conditioning and forces manufacturers to think quite differently than they have in the past.

Manufacturers struggling to cope with spike in GDPR data requests

Manufacturers struggling to cope with spike in GDPR data requests

Manufacturers have struggled to handle an upswing in personal data access requests since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, new research from business process outsourcer Parseq reveals.

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