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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Manufacturing output picks up as year comes to a close

Manufacturing output picks up as year comes to a close

Manufacturers reported that output growth picked up in the three months to December, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

Technology companies turning to niche specialisms to compete in fast moving business

Technology companies turning to niche specialisms to compete in fast moving business

Specialist technology talent is in greater demand than ever as technology reaches into every aspect of the economy, according to the Reed Technology State of Skills research.

Half of small to mid-sized manufacturers ‘early adopters of tech’, survey finds

Half of small to mid-sized manufacturers ‘early adopters of tech’, survey finds

More than half of small to mid-sized manufacturing businesses say they are ‘early adopters’ of tech, according to research.

Retailers moved from AI hype to reality in 2018, but are yet to seize opportunities across functions

Retailers moved from AI hype to reality in 2018, but are yet to seize opportunities across functions

A new study from the Capgemini Research Institute has dispelled some of the mystique around AI’s value to retail businesses and revealed a path to tangible growth opportunities.

The digital skills revolution

The digital skills revolution

By Colin Shaw, Partner, Leader UK Operations Practice, McKinsey & Company.

As technology transforms manufacturing, UK companies face an urgent need to reskill their employees.

2019 will see half of manufacturers invest in data collection technologies, reveals InfinityQS

2019 will see half of manufacturers invest in data collection technologies, reveals InfinityQS

New research by InfinityQS, the global authority on data-driven enterprise quality, has revealed that 50 per cent of manufacturers are to invest in data collection technologies in 2019. This was closely followed by 33 per cent of manufacturers planning to invest in process capability improvement technologies over the same period.

December 2018 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

December 2018 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The December 2018 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT features a Special Technology Report on Supply Chain Management.

For this report, we spoke with a number of leading spokespeople from the vendor and analyst communities about recent, current and possible future developments within the world of supply chain technology. Plus, a round-up of Special Technology Reports covering: Transportation Management, Automatic Data Capture/Mobile Computing and Printing & Labelling.

A ‘Pragmatic’ approach to storage and distribution of UK manufactured components will ensure car plants won’t stall following a No-deal Brexit

A ‘Pragmatic’ approach to storage and distribution of UK manufactured components will ensure car plants won’t stall following a No-deal Brexit

UK automotive manufacturers needn’t fear being hit by unexpected delays or new tariffs imposed on EU-sourced components following a no-deal Brexit, argues B.G. Bullas’ Managing Director, Nathalie Wheeldon, in a new industry study. She believes there are many UK component manufacturers able to plug sudden breaks in supply chains, when combined with a pragmatic approach to storage and distribution.

Manufacturing: The surprising leader in the global datasphere – new IDC research

Manufacturing: The surprising leader in the global datasphere – new IDC research

The global datasphere¹ could grow to 175 zettabytes by 2025, and industries such as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Media and Entertainment are helping to define this new era of data growth.

Are you asking the wrong question about WMS?

Are you asking the wrong question about WMS?

If you are asking why you need a cloud-based WMS you might be asking the wrong question…

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