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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UK highways will go ‘naked’ by 2027 as infrastructure is stripped back

UK highways will go ‘naked’ by 2027 as infrastructure is stripped back

Zenzic the organisation dedicated to accelerating the self-driving revolution in the UK by uniting industry, government and academia, has revealed that emerging CAM (connected and automated mobility) technologies will eliminate the need for road signage, with UK drivers seeing ‘naked highways’ by 2027.

Manufacturing 2020 predictions

Manufacturing 2020 predictions

By Rafi Billurcu, Partner, Manufacturing at Infosys Consulting. 

Manufacturing leaders must prepare accordingly for Brexit, regardless of how uncertain the outcome is. Changes in tax and trade regulations means organisations must take corrective action to make supply chains more future-proof and efficient.

Digital transformation of manufacturing industries to drive adoption of manufacturing operations management (MOM) software market: TMR

Digital transformation of manufacturing industries to drive adoption of manufacturing operations management (MOM) software market: TMR

According to a new market report pertaining to the global manufacturing operations management software market, the global manufacturing operations management software market is projected to reach a value of US$ 17 Bn by 2027. The MOM software market is projected to expand at a CAGR of ~10% from 2019 to 2027.

Retail optimisation in the age of omnichannel

Retail optimisation in the age of omnichannel

Following Manhattan Associates’ recent EMEA Exchange Conference in Barcelona, Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with the company’s UK managing director, Craig Summers, about the current state of play within omnichannel retail and how it is now more important than ever for retailers and warehouse professionals to be able to serve both brick and mortar and direct-to-customer delivery models equally efficiently.

Chip-enabled cards segment estimated to hold more than 46% market share by the end of 2018

Chip-enabled cards segment estimated to hold more than 46% market share by the end of 2018

In an era filled with digital electronics, it would seem as if working with an actual plastic card would be a waste of a time. But modern technology has taken the use of plastic cards to the next level. Increased technological developments in plastic cards, such as smart cards and chip cards, are gaining traction among consumers.

Technology that is changing the warehousing industry

Technology that is changing the warehousing industry

Every day, technology becomes more and more crucial in every aspect of how we do business. But perhaps one of the places where emerging technologies are the most prominent is in warehousing and logistics.

Automation – future-proofing your business with a WMS

Automation – future-proofing your business with a WMS

Over the next two years, 66% of organisations expect supply chains to become increasingly complex, not least in response to growing consumer concerns, according to Automation in Intralogistics research undertaken by Sapio Research, on behalf of Jungheinrich UK.

IoT applications: IDTechEx forecasts great opportunities to come

IoT applications: IDTechEx forecasts great opportunities to come

Internet of Things (IoT) is considered the third revolution of the computer, after the first revolution of bringing computing to governments and big companies and the second one to the public via PC and smartphone. IoT aims at baking computing power into everything else via countless tiny chips, which will enable them to calculate, process information and decide, by gathering and analysing troves of data about the product, process and customers.

Sizing up the critical path

Sizing up the critical path

In today’s digital world, everything is getting faster and retail is no exception to this. As retailers try to keep up with the new ‘see now, buy now’ economy, speed to market has become a priority. But without a structured process in place, it becomes tricky to manage product deadlines and ensure items reach the consumer’s hand on time.

UK trade volumes fall but number of manufacturers exporting rises

UK trade volumes fall but number of manufacturers exporting rises

UK exports fell in Q3 amid a global slowdown in economic growth and rising international trade tensions, according to the latest Lloyds Bank International Trade Index, compiled in partnership with IHS Markit.

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