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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Post-Brexit Product Compliance for CE-marked Products - what you need to know

Post-Brexit Product Compliance for CE-marked Products - what you need to know

With less than 30 days to go until the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, there are growing concerns as to what the impact of leaving the EU will be on product labelling and compliance – particularly for CE-marked products. CE is the administrative marking that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area.

Manufacturing & Logistics IT December Reference Annual 2020

Manufacturing & Logistics IT December Reference Annual 2020

Welcome to the December 2020 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT. In this edition we feature a Special Technology Report looking in depth at the latest developments in the world of Printing & Labelling technology.

Also included is our 2020 Special Report round-up, featuring reports on Transportation Management and AIDC/Mobile Computing.

40% of small business employees worried they’ll be blamed for data breaches at work

40% of small business employees worried they’ll be blamed for data breaches at work

Avast (LSE:AVST), the digital security and privacy products provider, has found that almost 40% of small business employees think that a staff member who unknowingly clicks a malicious link would be held personally responsible for a data breach, which could be encouraging employees to keep quiet rather than flagging a potential threat.

BREXIT: Major challenges for Businesses’ IT Systems to be ‘BREXIT Ready’

BREXIT: Major challenges for Businesses’ IT Systems to be ‘BREXIT Ready’

BASDA (‘The Business Application Software Developers Association’) and the Institute of Directors (‘IoD’) have voiced their concerns that core business systems may not be fully ready for 1st January 2021 despite all the industry’s best efforts.

Brother UK report: channel set to play key role in supporting to food retailers to meet new food safety regulations

Brother UK report: channel set to play key role in supporting to food retailers to meet new food safety regulations

Channel resellers are set to play a key role in supporting food retailers in meeting the upcoming Natasha’s Law food safety guidelines, according to a new report by business technology solutions provider Brother UK.

Road transport capacity on the European spot market is rising significantly while prices are falling

Road transport capacity on the European spot market is rising significantly while prices are falling

Compared with the previous month, road transport capacity rose significantly by 16.8% in November 2020. The index of European spot market availability now stands at 102.8 points.

Dakota interview with QE Transport: Paul Bowmaker, Head of Transport, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dakota interview with QE Transport: Paul Bowmaker, Head of Transport, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dakota Integrated Solutions spoke with Paul Bowmaker, Head of Transport at QE Transport, to find out how Dakota has worked with him and his team to implement a new Electronic Point of Delivery (ePod) solution aimed at streamlining and improving the tracking of the movement of specimens from various healthcare facilities, such as GP surgeries, hospitals and pharmacies, to laboratories for testing.

UK Manufacturing calls for a deal to end uncertainty and save thousands of jobs

UK Manufacturing calls for a deal to end uncertainty and save thousands of jobs

Comment from: Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation; Stephen Kelly, CEO Manufacturing NI; and Paul Sheerin, CEO Scottish Engineering.

Become a smart factory with ERP

Become a smart factory with ERP

By Uwe Kueppers, Manager Consulting Service, EMEA of Kalypso, a Rockwell Automation company.

Traditionally, businesses would make do with manual processes such as spreadsheets for keeping a record of the company’s financials, supply chain, operations, and human resource activities.

Shoppers bag toys early this Christmas in the UK, driving November sales up 11% year-on-year

Shoppers bag toys early this Christmas in the UK, driving November sales up 11% year-on-year

In 2020 Brits of all ages turned to toys to help occupy the long weeks of lockdown. From entertainment to education, crafting to creating, to simply playing outside, the sector has proved its worth during the COVID-19 restrictions.

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