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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A fifth of UK businesses have found wage abuses in their supply chain

A fifth of UK businesses have found wage abuses in their supply chain

Research from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has revealed that 21% of UK supply chain managers have seen wage violations in their supply chains over the last two years.

Peak? Which peak?

Peak? Which peak?

By Craig Summers, UK managing director, Manhattan Associates.

Whilst we are enjoying an uncharacteristic English summer, Christmas may seem a million miles away. But, as is customary in the retail world, brands far and wide will be setting up their plans to survive the busiest time of the retail calendar.

The importance of food traceability – Six steps to help prepare for the inevitable

The importance of food traceability – Six steps to help prepare for the inevitable

By Duncan Moir, senior principal product manager at Epicor.

In the last ten years or so, the world has become more health and safety conscious with much greater focus on the nutritional and allergen content of our food. As a result, legislation on traceability and product labelling has become more complex and onerous.

Manufacturing output and orders remain robust - CBI

Manufacturing output and orders remain robust - CBI

Manufacturing output growth eased in the three months to August, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

Locking it in: Reducing the risks of additive manufacturing

Locking it in: Reducing the risks of additive manufacturing

With new frontiers constantly being pushed, few would deny that the opportunities presented by 3D printing/additive manufacturing are a plenty – including possibilities around virtual inventories and even distributed manufacturing.

Teletrac Navman research reveals UK’s top fleet management trends

Teletrac Navman research reveals UK’s top fleet management trends

Teletrac Navman has released findings from its 2018 Telematics and Transportation Benchmark Report, delivering valuable insights into fleet management trends in the UK transport market.

Summer late payment epidemic hits majority of UK's small businesses

Summer late payment epidemic hits majority of UK's small businesses

More than three in five small businesses (63%) are dealing with late payment issues - and the smallest businesses are those most at risk of dealing with non-payment - according to new research from Hitachi Capital Business Finance.

Brexit concerns loom large, despite businesses doing all they can to prepare

Brexit concerns loom large, despite businesses doing all they can to prepare

Fears over Brexit appear to be increasing businesses' perception of the risks in their supply chain, despite evidence suggesting many have taken steps to ready themselves for a post-Brexit environment, a new report has found.

64 per cent of manufacturers rate their shop-floor IT capabilities as just average, weak or non-existent

64 per cent of manufacturers rate their shop-floor IT capabilities as just average, weak or non-existent

64 per cent of manufacturers operating globally have expressed concerns about the maturity of their shop-floor IT capabilities, rating them as non-existent, weak or just average-at-best.

The warehouse of the future

The warehouse of the future

Consumers expect a lot when they shop online, frequently opting for next day delivery. In 2017, one Amazon customer was impressed when a product was delivered in under 15 minutes.

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