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


Voice power reaches the automotive aftermarket

Voice power reaches the automotive aftermarket

Any new technology that focuses on improving profitability is usually first adopted by the retail industryhardly surprising considering the small margins that retailers often have to work with. But over the last couple of years, the automotive market has been catching on fast to the benefits.

WARNING: Hands off my strategy say European IT Directors

100% of IT directors in manufacturing want to keep IT strategy management in-house, says Synstar.

Hes got the key to the door

Perry Watts, Exels Managing Director, Retail and Consumer Non-Food presents Comets Managing Director Simon Fox with the key to Comets new North West Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Skelmersdale, Lancashire at its official opening on Friday 3 September 2004.


Exel, the global leader in supply chain management, announced today that all of its six automotive centres in Germany have been awarded ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditation.


Exel, the global leader in supply chain management, has announced a new three-year contract with the UKs leading health and fitness equipment provider, Life Fitness (UK) Limited, part of the worldwide Brunswick Group.


Polish provider of logistics solutions boosted its first half revenues by 50% against last years results.

From fashion to focus:

From fashion to focus:

technology to see manufacturers through the tough times.

Back in the old days

Back in the old days

which wasnt that long ago, we used to have a bit of a running joke called is this the year of RFID (radio frequency identification). The subject wasnt in the least bit funny, but guessing when and how RFID would take the market by storm conjured up some pretty inventive scenarios. However, it did get a little tedious when we discussed this year in, year out.

Synchronising the Multi-plant Supply Chain

The material war is over and the battle for capacity has just begun, writes Mike Novels, Preactor International.

Supply-Chain Council Announces Its Strategic Plan for 2004-2005

The plan identifies four strategic goals for the coming year that will increase global awareness of the SCC and the Supply-Chain Operations-Reference-model (SCOR).

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