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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Creating a smart warehouse with enhanced internet connectivity

Creating a smart warehouse with enhanced internet connectivity

The European logistics industry is slowly returning to normal after months of supply chains being disrupted and overstretched with reduced workforces and higher demands, following the effects of the pandemic. With new hygiene and protocol measures in place within warehouses to increase employee safety; which in turn, might slow down procedures, now is the most critical time for companies to optimise their operations using data and technology.

94% of UK shoppers will walk from brands if they don’t agree with their response to COVID-19, Braze survey reveals

94% of UK shoppers will walk from brands if they don’t agree with their response to COVID-19, Braze survey reveals

Almost all (94%) UK shoppers warn they’d switch from a brand or company if they didn’t agree with their response to employees or customers during the pandemic, new research from customer engagement platform Braze reveals.

New survey reveals impact of COVID on supply chains

New survey reveals impact of COVID on supply chains

The non-profit Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM) has released its third survey on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting supply chains around the world.

Short-term anxiety around shopping in store continues to ease, EY’s latest Future Consumer Index reveals

Short-term anxiety around shopping in store continues to ease, EY’s latest Future Consumer Index reveals

UK consumers have grown more comfortable with returning to the shops, according to the latest EY Future Consumer Index, which finds comfort levels with traditional shopping behaviours – such as going to a shopping mall and trying on clothes or going to the grocery store – have all more than doubled since May.

UK logistics sector deal activity falls by 50% in second quarter of 2020, despite notable transactions

UK logistics sector deal activity falls by 50% in second quarter of 2020, despite notable transactions

Further consolidation in the logistics market is expected, despite a significant fall in UK deal activity – the lowest level since Q1 2018.

Now is not the time for unnecessary trips to the office

Now is not the time for unnecessary trips to the office

British Safety Council calls on Government not to pressurise employers to get workers back into the office. If people can work from home, they should have the choice to work from home: for the sake of people’s health, wellbeing and the economy.

Reassessing risk: It’s good for business post COVID-19

Reassessing risk: It’s good for business post COVID-19

Jim Roberts of Beaverswood considers how to mitigate risk as COVID-19 changes the face of industrial health and safety.

Warehouses under extra pressure this festive season

Warehouses under extra pressure this festive season

Christmas 2020 is set to break online shopping records as growth continues to accelerate due to the global coronavirus pandemic, with overall e-commerce sales expected to jump from initial predictions of 11% to 19% reaching £78.9bn (source: Edge Retail Insight).

Halt to surveillance audits due to coronavirus lockdowns set to cause thousands of ISO certifications to lapse

Halt to surveillance audits due to coronavirus lockdowns set to cause thousands of ISO certifications to lapse

Thousands of valuable ISO management system certifications earned by UK companies may now be at risk because auditors from Certification Bodies may not have been able to attend organisations’ premises to conduct essential re-certification audits during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Creating a robust data foundation for digital transformation

Creating a robust data foundation for digital transformation

By Peter Ruffley, CEO, Zizo.

How many digital transformation strategies will ever extend beyond the boardroom? What, in effect, do they really entail? Digital transformation is being merged with the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, even Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create an unmanageable, unfocused concept of ‘doing things better’ without addressing the fundamental, underpinning essence of that change – the data.

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