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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Global 3D Printing Market Report from IDTechEx Research: Technology and Market Analysis

Global 3D Printing Market Report from IDTechEx Research: Technology and Market Analysis

IDTechEx Research has recently updated its series of reports on 3D printing, including the overview report 3D Printing 2019-2029: Technology and Market Analysis.

TIMOCOM: worry about a chaotic Brexit causes explosion in EU exports to the UK

TIMOCOM: worry about a chaotic Brexit causes explosion in EU exports to the UK

Fears that the UK will leave the EU without a deal have caused an explosion in the number of goods ordered for delivery to the British Isles. Compared to the the previous year, truck transports from all parts of Europe towards Great Britain have more than doubled in the first quarter of 2019, with growth of 112%.

Lloyds Bank research - UK manufacturing export growth slows to three-year low

Lloyds Bank research - UK manufacturing export growth slows to three-year low

Growth in UK manufacturing export orders weakened to a three year low in Q1 2019, according to the latest Lloyds Bank International Trade Index, compiled in partnership with IHS Markit.

No job, employer or regulator should take away workers’ health, safety and wellbeing

No job, employer or regulator should take away workers’ health, safety and wellbeing

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated annually on 28 April and led by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). It raises public awareness of the importance of health and safety at work, as well as the prevention of occupational accidents.

Quartely update: 17 businesses removed or suspended from prompt payment code for failing to pay their suppliers on time

Quartely update: 17 businesses removed or suspended from prompt payment code for failing to pay their suppliers on time

Action on companies who fail to meet the standard of the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) has seen 17 companies removed or suspended from the Code during the past quarter, the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) has announced.

Manufacturing stocks grow at record pace amidst Brexit uncertainty - CBI

Manufacturing stocks grow at record pace amidst Brexit uncertainty - CBI

Manufacturing activity grew modestly in the quarter to April, while stocks rose at a record pace, according to the latest quarterly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

New report finds digital technology improves highways safety performance

New report finds digital technology improves highways safety performance

A new, independent survey of the highways industry has revealed that two-thirds of tech-enabled businesses reported a reduction in accidents or no accidents at all in the last 12 months – 50 per cent more than industry standard.

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

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

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.

79% of UK employees would welcome gamification in the workplace

79% of UK employees would welcome gamification in the workplace

A series of dos and don’ts for bosses introducing the increasingly popular gamified rewards systems have been released.

Adyen study shows the value of omnichannel shoppers for retailers

Adyen study shows the value of omnichannel shoppers for retailers

New data released by Adyen, the payments platform of choice for many leading companies, highlights the value of unified commerce to retailers. Its report The Unified Commerce Indexanalyses data across its global payments platform, which processed €159 billion in transactions in 2018.

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