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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Sudden shift to remote work increases demand for sales productivity software

Sudden shift to remote work increases demand for sales productivity software

The effects of Coronavirus are hitting hard around the globe, with many companies telling their workforce to ‘stay home’. Yet, as more workers operate remotely, many large companies are finding it difficult to keep up morale and productivity.

Delivery, drive thru and click & collect step up during Coronavirus

Delivery, drive thru and click & collect step up during Coronavirus

According to global information company The NPD Group, there was a +20% increase in food deliveries in China during the last 10 days of January when Chinese government restrictions began to be implemented.

4 Reasons to go with a modular, cloud-based manufacturing solution

4 Reasons to go with a modular, cloud-based manufacturing solution

Implementing an MES (Manufacturing Execution System) can be an enormous undertaking as, in many cases, the system serves as a bridge between the shop floor and the management and is directly intervened in the production processes. MES projects can also be quite expensive due to high software and implementation costs.

Making the most of available data

Making the most of available data

From onboard sensors monitoring the temperature inside a refrigerated container to GPS speed or location monitoring, access to real-time data has become a vital management tool for the tech-savvy fleet manager. But are they making the most of the available data?

Coronavirus and lessoning the impact on our supply chains: lessons learnt from a multinational company operating in China

Coronavirus and lessoning the impact on our supply chains: lessons learnt from a multinational company operating in China

As the coronavirus crisis deepens, here are some insights from the CEO of supply chain planning software vendor, FuturMaster, on the impact of the virus outbreak and how companies can anticipate and react to such crisis situations based on the lessons learnt from various customers – including one of the world’s largest suppliers of bottled water operating in China.

Creating Home Workspaces for Maximum Productivity

Creating Home Workspaces for Maximum Productivity

By Marge Medina, interior design expert.

With news on the COVID-19 pandemic worsening each day, more and more businesses have started implementing work from home policies to contain the virus.This could be sudden and difficult to comprehend for those used to working in standard offices. However, creating a workspace at home is just a matter of recreating the same office environment that will still ensure that you are productive throughout the day.

Continued Convergence: Colliding worlds of IT and OT illuminated in Smart Factory survey

Continued Convergence: Colliding worlds of IT and OT illuminated in Smart Factory survey

New research, completed by teknowlogy Group, paints a clear picture of the need for increased investment for Smart Factory initiatives but with that also comes increased responsibility. The question is, where does this responsibility lie?

The future of manufacturing: humans will innovate, technology will facilitate

The future of manufacturing: humans will innovate, technology will facilitate

By Rob Hiron, Account Director, Kronos Incorporated. 

Technology has undoubtedly been – and will continue to be – a powerful force in revolutionising the manufacturing sector. Machinery and automation have been instrumental in speeding up production processes and helping workers do their jobs more effectively, and the increasing pace of automation in the modern age is very much front of mind for a large number of professionals in the sector.

Just how mature do you think your Omnichannel offering really is?

Just how mature do you think your Omnichannel offering really is?

The customer journey. Customer experience. Omnichannel. The retail landscape is continuously evolving, with many moving parts and new additions to the technology roadmap, meaning retailers are constantly strapped in for a rollercoaster ride when it comes to making sure the experience they provide meets customer expectations.

Make UK/BDO survey – Manufacturing exports slump to lowest level in three years

Make UK/BDO survey – Manufacturing exports slump to lowest level in three years

Britain’s manufacturers are calling on the Government to work with industry and take whatever steps are necessary to mitigate the impact of coronavirus on supply chains on the back of a survey showing exports have slumped to their lowest level in three years.

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