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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87% of UK workforce thinks cyberattacks can have a major impact on everyday life

87% of UK workforce thinks cyberattacks can have a major impact on everyday life

Armis, the unified asset visibility and security platform provider, has released results from a survey that gauged the UK workforce’s attitudes towards cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.

One fifth of manufacturing workers do not intend to commute again post pandemic

One fifth of manufacturing workers do not intend to commute again post pandemic

As employees across the UK are to set to embark on their return to the workplace following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in July, new research reveals that many commuters are reluctant to return to their place of work in the coming months, mainly due to increased concern over infection control and social distancing on the daily commute.

The ‘Beyond the Pill’ movement: Where are we now?

The ‘Beyond the Pill’ movement: Where are we now?

By Marcus Deans, co-founder of global biopharmaceutical consultancy Eradigm. 

‘Beyond the Pill’ principles have been well accepted for some time now. Nonclinical solutions - digital, financial, or care-based – boost patient outcomes and benefit the entire health system. Yet, even while accepting the clear advantages to patients and Healthcare Providers (HCPs), pharma companies have failed to make nonclinical offerings a priority. Until now. 

5 most common challenges truck drivers face and how to overcome them

5 most common challenges truck drivers face and how to overcome them

By Anthony Peakes, freelance writer

Truck drivers face some pretty specific challenges in their everyday lives at work. Keep reading to learn more about these challenges and ways their employers can help them!

How Temperature Monitoring Technologies are Utilized in Global Vaccine Distribution

How Temperature Monitoring Technologies are Utilized in Global Vaccine Distribution

By Jeff Broth, freelance writer

With the Covid-19 pandemic still wreaking havoc worldwide, the vaccine rollout has long been seen as one of the few viable solutions that will allow us to effectively navigate our way out of the situation and perhaps restore some form of normalcy, eventually.

Half of European and US pharma manufacturers believe AI can help bring new drugs to market quicker

Half of European and US pharma manufacturers believe AI can help bring new drugs to market quicker

New research reveals that 50% of European and US pharmaceutical manufacturing companies know artificial intelligence (AI) can help bring new drugs to market more rapidly and securely, but 96% face challenges with using leading-edge technology to derive value from their data.

Covid business recovery could take one to four years, UK finance leaders say

Covid business recovery could take one to four years, UK finance leaders say

It will take more than one year for businesses to recover from the effects of the global pandemic, says a new survey of UK finance leaders.

Innovative retailers find new uses for RFID to boost their bottom line

Innovative retailers find new uses for RFID to boost their bottom line

A new research report has revealed the innovative new ways retailers are using RFID technology in-store to improve profitability. Authored by Emeritus Professor Adrian Beck from the University of Leicester and the ECR Retail Loss Group and supported by Checkpoint Systems, Utilising RFID in Retailing: Insights on Innovation highlights how companies are employing the technology for a broader range of purposes.

Human Digital Twin: The digital counterpart to the human worker

Human Digital Twin: The digital counterpart to the human worker

By Axel Schmidt, Senior Communications Manager, ProGlove.

Several organisations are familiar with making use of Digital Twin modelling to improve operations. This digitised model typically enables firms to map the physical characteristics of a production environment as well as its processes.

One person in four risks sharing confidential work-related information

One person in four risks sharing confidential work-related information

A new survey carried out by KnowBe4 Research shows that nearly a quarter of employees are unsure whether the information they are working with is confidential or not. “Indicates poor training and follow-up by management,” is the verdict of Research Director Kai Roer.

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