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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Manufacturing & Logistics IT June 2021

Manufacturing & Logistics IT June 2021

Welcome to the June 2021 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT. In this issue we feature a Special Technology Report looking in depth at the latest developments in the world of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

Also included is a special Cover Story by Sarah Gaffney, market insight analyst on the research team at Aberdeen Strategy & Research, in which she looks at how to unleash the full potential of manufacturing intelligence with smarter data

Manufacturers urged to take advantage of Super-deduction tax boost to accelerate Net Zero ambitions

Manufacturers urged to take advantage of Super-deduction tax boost to accelerate Net Zero ambitions

The Government’s recently announced tax relief scheme will allow manufacturers to accelerate their journey to Net Zero, with an energy financing specialist urging businesses not to miss out on the opportunity it offers.

Gartner survey finds women comprise 41% of the supply chain workforce

Gartner survey finds women comprise 41% of the supply chain workforce

Women comprise 41% of the supply chain workforce in 2021, up from 39% in 2020, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc.

Why is quality management more important in manufacturing and engineering than ever before?

Why is quality management more important in manufacturing and engineering than ever before?

By Claire Price at QMS International, one of the UK’s leading ISO certification bodies.

Quality and consistency have always been benchmarks of good business in the manufacturing and engineering sectors, but after the turmoil brought by COVID-19 they have become even more crucial.

Health and safety considerations for cold chain logistics

Health and safety considerations for cold chain logistics

By Ed Smith, freelance writer

When we head to the supermarket to do our shopping, it’s likely that most of us don’t stop to think about where the produce has come from or how it got there. But the food supply chain plays a crucial role in what we eat and when we eat it. Without it, our stores would be empty and so would our cupboards.

UK employees ‘not equipped’ to work from home permanently

UK employees ‘not equipped’ to work from home permanently

Following the news that numerous blue-chip businesses, such as KPMG and Ernst & Young, have adopted a permanent hybrid working model, new research indicates that workers do not feel they have the tools or technology they need to work from home.

Inflexibility, working while sick and not valued – new research reveals fragmented reality for UK’s deskless workforce

Inflexibility, working while sick and not valued – new research reveals fragmented reality for UK’s deskless workforce

An annual international study exploring the attitudes and habits of deskless workers – everyone from care managers, lorry drivers and supermarket cashiers to warehouse operatives and restaurant staff - paints a fragmented UK picture of understaffing, high pressure, stressful working, and a lack of appreciation.

What can consumer behaviour tell us about the future of warehouse design and logistics?

What can consumer behaviour tell us about the future of warehouse design and logistics?

By Jon Walkington, Retail and System Integrator Sales Director, at Schoeller Allibert UK.

For many brands operating today, warehousing and distribution has never been more closely tied to a brand or retailer’s commercial performance. As part of the holistic value chain and the service offering for the consumer, logistics can no longer sit in isolation. How products are stored, handled and distributed have a core part to play in the success of a business.

Tetra Pak calls for more women to join the food and beverage manufacturing industry

Tetra Pak calls for more women to join the food and beverage manufacturing industry

Tetra Pak has identified an opportunity for more women to join the F&B manufacturing industry, to help drive transformational change.

What is the difference between machine vision and computer vision?

What is the difference between machine vision and computer vision?

By Donato Montanari, Vice President and General Manager, Machine Vision, Zebra Technologies.

Many supply chain organizations are exploring the potential of more automated and intelligent technologies right now, Zebra Technologies included.

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