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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Researchers use tweets to Analyse supply chain issues

Researchers use tweets to Analyse supply chain issues

"The global supply chain has been significantly impacted by COVID-19," according to Michael Wilson, vice president of marketing and packaging at AFFLINK, the sales and marketing organisation for distributors in the US.

81% of business managers in the manufacturing industry agree that a modern IT infrastructure accelerates innovation, creativity and productivity

81% of business managers in the manufacturing industry agree that a modern IT infrastructure accelerates innovation, creativity and productivity

Riverbed has launched its expanded ‘Rethink Possible: Visibility and Network Performance – The Pillars of Business Success’ Study, focused on the manufacturing industry, a critical sector for Germany.

81% of business managers in the manufacturing industry agree that a modern IT infrastructure accelerates innovation, creativity and productivity

81% of business managers in the manufacturing industry agree that a modern IT infrastructure accelerates innovation, creativity and productivity

Riverbed has launched its expanded ‘Rethink Possible: Visibility and Network Performance – The Pillars of Business Success’ Study, focused on the manufacturing industry, a critical sector for Germany.

Managing disruption in intralogistics

Managing disruption in intralogistics

The rise of e-commerce has brought about significant disruption to traditional logistics activities, demanding constant adjustment to best meet changing demand. Similar adaptability is vital in intralogistics to ensure orders are processed and fulfilled effectively. In this article, Stephen Hayes, managing director of Beckhoff UK, explains how to establish scalable, adaptable intralogistics activity from the warehouse floor up.

Road transport capacity on European spot market falls to lowest level since 2017

Road transport capacity on European spot market falls to lowest level since 2017

Compared with August 2020, 14.4% less road transport capacity was available in the first two weeks of September on the European spot market.

Accelerating the digitalisation of supply chains: managing brand risk, enhancing the consumer experience, and removing defects

Accelerating the digitalisation of supply chains: managing brand risk, enhancing the consumer experience, and removing defects

For many years, adding coding and marking technology to your manufacturing line was perceived simply as a compliance obligation.

Now, with the advent of more complex requirements for supply chain trackability, coupled with increasing consumer demands for personalisation, provenance checks, and anti-counterfeit protection, that ‘simple’ coding and marking technology can be a big stepping stone towards both a fully-connected supply chain and an enhanced, interactive consumer experience.

Back to business: how can luxury retailer bounce back?

Back to business: how can luxury retailer bounce back?

According to recent figures, high street footfall remains subdued in England, with those shoppers who are making it out, more likely to now shop with a purpose. This means that all retailers, especially non-essential retailers like the luxury sector, need to make every effort to be as ‘easy to do business with’ as possible. Craig Summers, UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates, explores how this can be achieved.

3D printing poses a ‘grave and growing threat’ to people’s privacy, experts warn

3D printing poses a ‘grave and growing threat’ to people’s privacy, experts warn

3D printing technology poses a ‘grave and growing threat’ to individual privacy because of the potential for products to reveal private information about individuals, experts have warned. People could use cameras, laptops or mobile phones to track and trace the origins of 3D printed objects and how they have been used if they have watermarks.

Uncertain times call for certainty in your supply chain

Uncertain times call for certainty in your supply chain

In today’s uncertain environment, there are more factors than ever before that organisations need to consider when managing risk in their supply chains. Whether it’s mitigating the impact of COVID-19, the long-term effects of Brexit or the effects of global tariff changes, organisations need to have contingency plans in place.

Managing your business and Supply Chain COVID-19 responsibilities

Managing your business and Supply Chain COVID-19 responsibilities

When the easing of lockdown measures began in mid-May, many businesses began a journey to assess the Coronavirus risks that applied to their workplaces. To make sure their working environments were COVID Secure, they went on to develop additional physical and procedural measures.

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