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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Think your credentials are safe? Think again

Think your credentials are safe? Think again

By Daniel Solís, CEO and Founder Blueliv.

As retailers become omnichannel, they become more vulnerable to data breaches. During the Easter weekend, four data breaches came to light from Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth, Lord & Taylor and Panera Bread. The breaches were the result of the payment system of Hudson's Bay, the parent company of the three department stores, being compromised, with Panera Bread ignoring reports of vulnerabilities in its systems.

How the heatwave impacted the High Street

How the heatwave impacted the High Street

By Matthew Robertson, co-CEO, NetDespatch.

As we see the first signs of the heatwave dissipating and wetter weather coming in, this got me thinking about recent articles that I've read about the negative impact on productivity the balmy summer weather has had on office workers, with many preferring to work from home and not venture into heat-baked cities, over-crowded tubes and frenzied traffic jams.

7-in-10 retail leaders say 3D printing results in happier, more satisfied customers

7-in-10 retail leaders say 3D printing results in happier, more satisfied customers

Satisfying consumer demands for rapid fulfilment and customisation, a new study commissioned by Ricoh Europe reveals the vital role retail business leaders see new printing technologies playing in driving their competitive advantage.

AI, machine learning and modern manufacturing productivity

AI, machine learning and modern manufacturing productivity

By Gill Devine, VP for EMEA, Syncron.

After-sales service is in a period of technological disruption like the industry has never seen. And leading this charge are artificial intelligence and machine learning. Set to be worth more than $9 billion by 2020, predictive analytics is poised to open up business intelligence doors for manufacturers, and also have a dramatic impact on productivity.

Brexit and Stockpiling: What’s the answer?

Brexit and Stockpiling: What’s the answer?

By Charlie Pool, CEO, Stowga.

Brexit is dominating conversations once again and creating waves of uncertainty in almost every industry. But the big questions everyone is asking right now is: do we have to start stockpiling our imported goods to prepare for a no deal Brexit? What happens to our food if it's held up at customs? Will there be shortages?

Automation: the new front line in omnichannel retail

Automation: the new front line in omnichannel retail

By Frank Lochbaum, Managing Partner at KPS.

As retailers continue to search for the best ways to blur the boundaries between channels, more are turning to automation to ease customers' in-store pain points.

Why the new ePrivacy Regulation must be on your corporate radar

Why the new ePrivacy Regulation must be on your corporate radar

Now that the hype and fury over the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has died down, manufacturing and engineering companies will have to get their heads around another European Union edict, by the end of 2018 or early 2019, in the shape of the ePrivacy Regulation (ePR).

Can your ERP system overcome these three distribution challenges?

Can your ERP system overcome these three distribution challenges?

The key to meeting the growing demand for direct-to-consumer (D2C) shipping is efficiency, not speed. As John Weber, Director, Business Development and Product Management at Aptean, explains, distributors need to know that their ERP systems are up to the task.

An Act with no action: businesses not doing enough to find slavery in UK supply chains

An Act with no action: businesses not doing enough to find slavery in UK supply chains

UK businesses are not doing enough to identify modern slavery in their supply chains, research from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has found. A survey of 897 supply chain managers found that almost a third (31%) of UK supply chain managers admitted they did not think their business was taking the necessary steps to tackle the issue.

Supply chain attacks on the rise as one of the biggest new threat vectors as organisations scramble to close gaps

Supply chain attacks on the rise as one of the biggest new threat vectors as organisations scramble to close gaps

CrowdStrike Inc., the cloud-delivered endpoint protection solutions provider, has announced the results of its global supply chain survey, Securing the Supply Chain, produced by independent research firm Vanson Bourne.

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