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


Reverse logistics a forgotten necessity?

Reverse logistics  a forgotten necessity?

Reverse logistics is often forgotten a glaring oversight which can cause widespread cost when a large scale return of items occurs.

Streamlining the ordering process

XLintQuote, a new product selection and ordering application has been released by Xoetrope.


Rise in input costs steepest ever. Employment flattens out. Widest ever gap between input costs and output prices.

The evolution of voice

The evolution of voice

Some may argue that voice applications in the warehouse are still considered to be the new technology. But voice is already established and proven as a highly compelling technology solution that delivers impressive results.

Ducati aims for new angle of lean with Oracle

Ducati aims for new angle of lean with Oracle

Italy's legendary motorcycle maker changes gear with Oracle E-Business Suite.

Maginus facilitates Traidcraft expansion plans

Traidcraft, the largest supplier of fair trade products in the UK, aims to alleviate poverty through trade by sourcing its products from community based businesses in the third world, paying a fair price to the producers and distributing the products in the UK.

RFID-the story so far

RFID-the story so far

Supply chain professionals can relate easily to the much talked about benefits that RFID can provide to the logistics industry. In reality it is an enabling technology that will provide many benefits to many groups.


Butler Group Report on Exploiting Corporate Information Assets underlines the importance of employing a corporate information strategy to deliver competitive advantage.

IDC Presents Leadership Grids for Major European CRM, SCM, and Overall Business Solution Services Providers

IDC has analyzed the largest European solution services players on their opportunity alignment and ability to gain share in the Western European SCM, CRM, and overall business solution services market in a series of three studies.

Warehouse Management Thought leadership

Warehouse Management Thought leadership

Last Things First: Using Reverse Logistics to boost asset recovery by David N. Hommrich, guest columnist

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