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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Forget about copying Amazon, retailers need to start focusing on ‘what Amazon can’t’

Forget about copying Amazon, retailers need to start focusing on ‘what Amazon can’t’

By Frank Lochbaum, Managing Partner at KPS.

When Simon Russell, director of operational development at John Lewis, used the phrase “what Amazon can’t” (WAC) at the Future Stores event, you could hear murmurs of agreement from the assembled retailers around the room.

Manage ‘Brexcess inventory’ efficiently with a WMS

Manage ‘Brexcess inventory’ efficiently with a WMS

By Eric Carter, Solutions Architect, Indigo Software.

Anything could happen between now and 31st October, which might explain why so many companies are still unprepared for Brexit in whatever form it ultimately takes.

Taking Your Small Business Online: What Security You Need in Place

Taking Your Small Business Online: What Security You Need in Place

By Steve Conway, freelance writer.

E-commerce allows businesses of different sizes to connect with potential customers directly. It allows even small businesses to generate thousands – if not millions – in sales, even when there are big enterprises operating in the same market.

Inappropriate behaviour at work is costing manufacturing workers their jobs, according to CV-Library findings

Inappropriate behaviour at work is costing manufacturing workers their jobs, according to CV-Library findings

New research from CV-Library, the UK independent job board, reveals that 51.2% of manufacturing employers have experienced inappropriate behaviour from their employees in the workplace, with 45% having to fire someone as a result.

Retailers and customers don’t see eye to eye on returns or in-store experiences

Retailers and customers don’t see eye to eye on returns or in-store experiences

Retailers are not meeting customer expectations, and in many cases are missing on the fundamentals, according to a new 15,800 respondent global consumer study by Oracle Retail.

3 million UK SMEs at ‘high risk’ of losing data through bad backup practices

3 million UK SMEs at ‘high risk’ of losing data through bad backup practices

Almost three million small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK are at ‘high risk' of losing valuable commercial information by failing to back up their data or storing electronic copies in the same location as the original information, according to a new study by Beaming, the business ISP.

Gartner identifies 5 actions to optimise logistics costs from within the organisation

Gartner identifies 5 actions to optimise logistics costs from within the organisation

Given that logistics leaders face pressure from their stakeholders to optimise logistics costs while maintaining service and performance levels, Gartner, Inc. has identified five actions to achieve cost optimisation from within the organisation.

SMEs must open up to the automation revolution or be left behind, say EACS

SMEs must open up to the automation revolution or be left behind, say EACS

It has been a common trend that uptake in new technologies is slower amongst SMEs than that of major multinational companies, who have significantly more scale and resources.

Automation is the route to environmentally aware intralogistics

Automation is the route to environmentally aware intralogistics

Consumers’ environmental expectations are adding a new layer of supply chain complexity – how are companies going to respond? Steve Richmond, Director Logistics Systems, Jungheinrich UK discusses the role of automation within intralogistics to support the green agenda.

Acorn Recruitment sees a third more people applying for Summer temp jobs across the North in 2019

Acorn Recruitment sees a third more people applying for Summer temp jobs across the North in 2019

New data from recruiter Acorn Recruitment has revealed that the number of people applying for temporary jobs in the North* throughout July and August has risen by more than a third – 35% - year on year.

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