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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Sage research reveals 99 per cent of process manufacturers preparing for growth despite challenging market conditions

Sage research reveals 99 per cent of process manufacturers preparing for growth despite challenging market conditions

Sage, the cloud business management solutions provider, has released its global state of the nation report on process manufacturing, revealing a sector that’s taking charge of its own destiny despite growing change and uncertainty.

Can blockchain bring the supply chain into the 21st century?

Can blockchain bring the supply chain into the 21st century?

By Richard Shakespeare, Opus Energy.

The supply chain has existed since the industrial revolution, and little has been done to streamline its processes, particularly in the last 50 years.

Research finds manufacturing industry hindered by a lack of data skills, but businesses are working hard to address this

Research finds manufacturing industry hindered by a lack of data skills, but businesses are working hard to address this

New research from analytic database firm Exasol has found that without data analytics 75 per cent of manufacturing business leaders operational decision-making would either be completely or significantly disrupted.

The importance of growing the manufacturing workforce

The importance of growing the manufacturing workforce

Comment by Dean Group – a UK-based investment casting company and UK supplier that sources, manufactures and sells British products.

Starting at the source: achieving a sustainable supply chain

Starting at the source: achieving a sustainable supply chain

With the impact of our consumer society increasingly influencing purchasing behaviour, it is clear that there has been a shift in the need for sustainable supply chains. But this is not a simple task - as political negotiations dominate the headlines, more brands are seeking opportunities in new markets, which is having a considerable impact on their carbon footprint.

Traceability within the manufacturing sector: why it matters more now than ever before

Traceability within the manufacturing sector: why it matters more now than ever before

With increased commitment to quality control and compliance across the manufacturing sector, it goes without saying that traceability is now a greater priority than ever before. From eliminating unforeseen issues, to meeting high end-user expectations, The Access Group discusses why what happens in the factory, should not most certainly not stay in the factory:

Is it possible to make your EDI system more modern?

Is it possible to make your EDI system more modern?

Every technologically advanced solution can be improved – EDI is no exception to that. With the ongoing digital revolution already in high gear, companies that have been using EDI systems over the last decade are now turning to IT service providers for help and guidance in how to make their data exchange processes even more efficient.

UK SMEs expect not to get what they want from Brexit process

UK SMEs expect not to get what they want from Brexit process

UK SME business owners have voiced their concern that what they want and what they are going to get from the Brexit process is going to be very different, according to the latest data from Close Brothers Asset Finance.

Beating the pack: How manufacturers can win in the IoT revolution

Beating the pack: How manufacturers can win in the IoT revolution

By Alex Guillen, Go-To-Market Manager, Insight UK.

It’s staggering to think that this year more consumer devices will be sold than there are people on earth – and, as time marches on, the democratisation of the Internet of Things (IoT) means in a few years virtually all of the devices sold will be internet connected.

UK manufacturing drops to second place in league table of most attacked industry sectors – 2019 Global Threat Intelligence Report reveals

UK manufacturing drops to second place in league table of most attacked industry sectors – 2019 Global Threat Intelligence Report reveals

UK Manufacturing and Technology sectors continue to battle it out for first and second place in the table of most targeted industry sectors by cyber attackers, according to the 2019 Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR) fromNTT Security.

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