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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Postmodern ERP – What it is and how it benefits the enterprise

Postmodern ERP – What it is and how it benefits the enterprise

By Mark Hughes, regional vice president UK and Ireland, Epicor.

The introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies is changing expectations around what insights and capabilities ERP software should deliver to the enterprise.

Oracle leads diverse general merchandise POS software market

Oracle leads diverse general merchandise POS software market

Major general merchandise retailers, comprising mixed formats as well as speciality hardgoods and softgoods chains, account for 2.6 million POS software installations globally.

Merged pharmaceutical firms seek fast-track route to savings

Merged pharmaceutical firms seek fast-track route to savings

The pharmaceutical industry is preparing for an accelerated pace of consolidation, with the number of mergers up 39 per cent since 2017¹. This year has already witnessed its first ‘super merger’ between two of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Bristol-Myers and Celgene, valued at $74 billion.²

Manufacturing activity weakens - CBI

Manufacturing activity weakens - CBI

Manufacturing output growth slowed in the quarter to February, while order books improved slightly, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

Research report finds more than two thirds of manufacturers, distributors rate their ERP implementations a success

Research report finds more than two thirds of manufacturers, distributors rate their ERP implementations a success

Ultra Consultants, Inc., an independent enterprise solution consulting firm serving the manufacturing and distribution sector, has unveiled an industry survey conducted by Mint Jutras, researchers specialising in analysing the business impact of enterprise applications. The in-depth report resulting from the survey is titled The Real Facts about ERP Implementation: Busting the Myth of Failure, But Are You Overrating Your Success?

Putting the WOW in the checkout experience

Putting the WOW in the checkout experience

By Craig Summers, UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates.

Embracing technology is a prerequisite for success in the modern retail environment. There are many ways in which retailers can deliver a new in-store experience – and while some retailers will undoubtedly look to emulate the human touch free Amazon Go model, for many others, human interaction is the primary and fundamental component of a positive bricks and mortar experience.

Brexit - What next for British business?

Brexit - What next for British business?

By John Perry, managing director at SCALA, provider of management services for the supply chain and logistics sector.

With EU negotiators seemingly ruling out the possibility of a second referendum, Labour demanding customs union membership, and Theresa May still doggedly pursuing her universally unpopular agreement, we seem to be hurtling ever-faster towards a no-deal Brexit.

Five steps the grocery industry can take to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit

Five steps the grocery industry can take to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit

The UK grocery retail industry could lose up to £4.5bn revenue in the three months after Brexit if retailers are not prepared by 29 March, analysis from operational improvement specialist Newton has revealed.

Comment from Epicor: Annual Manufacturing Report finds UK manufacturers optimistically preparing to ride out the Brexit rollercoaster and expand overseas exports

Comment from Epicor: Annual Manufacturing Report finds UK manufacturers optimistically preparing to ride out the Brexit rollercoaster and expand overseas exports

This year’s Annual Manufacturing Report, launched today at the House of Lords, finds UK manufacturers optimistically preparing to ride out the Brexit rollercoaster and expand their overseas exports.

96,000 UK retailers failing to recognise value of effective pricing

96,000 UK retailers failing to recognise value of effective pricing

Around 96,000* UK retailers are putting their business at risk by failing to grasp the importance of an effective pricing strategy. The figure was published in a report by pricing and automation specialist, Omnia Retail, which questioned retail businesses on the scope and efficacy of their pricing processes.

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