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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How can retailers leapfrog the competition using low-code?

How can retailers leapfrog the competition using low-code?

Every month we hear yet another negative retail story and without a doubt this is an industry going through huge transformation. With changing consumer shopping habits there is enormous pressure on retailers – both online and offline – as they look at shifting their business models and digitising their business.

Handheld self-scanning solutions transforming efficiency in retail, according to VDC Research

Handheld self-scanning solutions transforming efficiency in retail, according to VDC Research

Handheld self-scanning solutions are transforming convenience and efficiency in retail environments, according to a new report from VDC Research.

Global manufacturing still adjusting to recent disruptions in the sector

Global manufacturing still adjusting to recent disruptions in the sector

Global manufacturing is still adjusting to recent disruptions in the sector, according to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Q2 UK Industry report.

The company expects slowdowns in fixed investment and manufacturing to continue into 2020, despite services sectors and job markets remaining stable.

The importance of growing the manufacturing workforce

The importance of growing the manufacturing workforce

By Graham Stubbs, Managing Director, Dean Group.

An issue that has been concerning professionals in the manufacturing industry is the lack of a skilled workforce. While Brexit will end free movement, meaning fewer skilled EU workers will move to the UK, the truth is that a skills shortage already existed before 2016.

5G will drive effective adoption of emerging technologies, says GlobalData

5G will drive effective adoption of emerging technologies, says GlobalData

The intrinsic capacity of the fifth-generation cellular technology (5G) to connect the Internet’s end systems with enhanced data flows and faster response times will unlock the full potential of emerging technologies, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

FileCloud releases inaugural Annual Enterprise Cloud & Data Security Report

FileCloud releases inaugural Annual Enterprise Cloud & Data Security Report

FileCloud, a cloud-agnostic enterprise file sync and sharing platform, has announced the inaugural release of its Annual Enterprise Cloud & Data Security Report.

Digital deliveries

Digital deliveries

By Mattan David, Supply Chain and IoT Director, Polymer Logistics.

Sensor-equipped pallets and roll cages can provide highly accurate location, temperature and humidity data, meaning that products reach retailers at the right time and in perfect condition. Polymer Logistics explains how these Internet of Things-enabled technologies are creating the smarter supply chains of tomorrow.

Checklist for third party risk: key considerations for businesses to safeguard their data

Checklist for third party risk: key considerations for businesses to safeguard their data

By AJ Thompson, CCO of Northdoor plc.

Organisations are increasingly aware that they should take their own cyber security and compliance requirements seriously. However, what security measures are in place for their third parties?

Poor systems biggest impact on employee productivity – new research

Poor systems biggest impact on employee productivity – new research

Poor systems, office politics and absence are highlighted as key drivers of unproductivity, according to an independent survey of senior HR people, commissioned by e-days.

India’s growing manufacturing sector props up industrial automation equipment demand, despite global slowdown

India’s growing manufacturing sector props up industrial automation equipment demand, despite global slowdown

By Nitin Sharma, analyst, manufacturing technology, IHS Markit.

Despite a worldwide slowdown in the growth of the industrial automation equipment (IAE) market, the strong expansion of India’s manufacturing sector is allowing the global IAE industry to remain on an expansion trajectory in 2019.

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