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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Sustainability is the watchword

Sustainability is the watchword

Sustainability is truly the watchword of our times. With many customers keen to find ways to include more climate-friendly practices in their lives, retailers are turning their attention to delivering greener options and information.

UK manufacturing decision makers wasting time on valueless tasks, Dropbox reveals

UK manufacturing decision makers wasting time on valueless tasks, Dropbox reveals

On average, business and IT decision makers from UK manufacturing organisations waste 30% of their time at work on tasks that do not add critical value. This is according to Vanson Bourne research commissioned by Dropbox - "The State of Collaboration” – which revealed that monotonous admin is starving UK manufacturing businesses of innovation. 

UK manufacturers value data more highly than tangible assets

UK manufacturers value data more highly than tangible assets

Business data drawn from ERP/MPR systems is considered to be the most valuable asset a business owns, according to a recent survey by Anvizent Analytics, a data management software solutions provider.

Bathroom and kitchen retailers’ returns policies give ParcelHero a sinking feeling

Bathroom and kitchen retailers’ returns policies give ParcelHero a sinking feeling

Manufacturers and sellers of large and heavy items such as kitchen sinks and bathroom products must re-think their returns policies, says ParcelHero, to stop needless damage and delays.

Optimising store inventory and fulfilment with RFID

Optimising store inventory and fulfilment with RFID

The demand for flexible fulfilment is growing. Consumers expect inventory availability information and flexible fulfilment options that support their busy lifestyles, whether it’s shopping online with a view into local store inventory, selecting to pick up their online purchases in-store or opting for same-day delivery to meet an immediate need.

UK manufacturing revival as circular economy and servitisation transform business prospects, according to Sage research

UK manufacturing revival as circular economy and servitisation transform business prospects, according to Sage research

Sage, the cloud business management solutions, has launched a report into the UK manufacturing sector.  The results reveal how advanced the nation’s manufacturing sector is, compared to global counterparts, in adopting new processes and thinking to drive growth.

Flash PMI shows fastest growth rate in 10 months despite supply chains hit hard

Flash PMI shows fastest growth rate in 10 months despite supply chains hit hard

The UK Flash PMI has revealed manufacturing output has grown at the fastest rate in ten months, hitting 52.8 up from January’s 50.1, despite emerging signs of supply chain disruption from the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Yantra reveals top 10 tips for fulfilment

Yantra reveals top 10 tips for fulfilment

Up and coming third party logistics (3PL) provider, Yantra Fulfilment, has published its top 10 tips on what to look out for when selecting a fulfilment partner.

Some signs it may be time to consider replacing your ERP solution

Some signs it may be time to consider replacing your ERP solution

Many organisations are busy doing what they do – servicing their market by providing products and or services in their specialist areas of knowledge or expertise.

Why payroll doesn’t have to be a performance

Why payroll doesn’t have to be a performance

Time and attendance data input used to be tiresome first act for the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) in preparation for every payroll run. The leisure giant, which operates 30 UK theatre, music and cinema venues, has a ‘cast’ of thousands, and it would take many hours to amass the entries from its old paper-based system.

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