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 companies should heed the wellbeing lessons of lockdown

Manufacturing companies should heed the wellbeing lessons of lockdown

Helping teams maintain the healthy habits formed while working from home during the pandemic should be part of HR leaders’ wellbeing strategies in 2021, according to workplace wellbeing experts, Westfield Health.

Simplify supply chain complexity and seize the future

Simplify supply chain complexity and seize the future

By Karl H. Lauri, managing team member at MRPeasy.com.

The combination of globalisation, e-commerce and the Internet has blown apart the post-war ‘standard business model’, which saw large companies enjoying ever-greater economies of scale through mass production and mass marketing.

Top logistics head urges UK manufacturers distracted by COVID-19 to be completely prepared for end to Brexit transition period with just weeks to go

Top logistics head urges UK manufacturers distracted by COVID-19 to be completely prepared for end to Brexit transition period with just weeks to go

A top logistics head is urging logisticians at UK manufacturing businesses across the UK to heed advice, so they’re prepared for the new reality when the Brexit transition period comes to an end.

Could other threats hit business while Covid-19 continues to dominate the risk agenda?

Could other threats hit business while Covid-19 continues to dominate the risk agenda?

International risk management and assistance firm, Healix International, believes the all-consuming consequences of the pandemic could leave governments and employers exposed to other risks in 2021. The annual Healix Risk Oracle report has identified key areas of risk – besides the continued impact of COVID-19 - that it believes need to be recognised by risk managers in 2021.

Partnership drives growth and success

Partnership drives growth and success

Paul Roehricht, UK strategic account manager for Brandsafe, considers the critical role aftersales care and partnership plays in delivering the highest standards of safety and protection in the warehouse and logistics environment.

Boosting manufacturing resilience in times of uncertainty

Boosting manufacturing resilience in times of uncertainty

By Ian Richards, Head of Manufacturing, Board.

It is hard to see anything positive on the horizon. At every turn, there seems to be a negative counterpoint to a potential positive, a constant theme for 2020.

46% of UK manufacturers say Covid has adversely impacted their planning

46% of UK manufacturers say Covid has adversely impacted their planning

New research from Lockton, the privately held, independent insurance broker, highlights the devastating impact of Covid-19 on UK manufacturers’ Brexit preparedness.

In its survey of 500 UK manufacturers, almost half (46%) admitted their supply chain plans have been negatively affected by the Covid-19, with 25% stating they have not made appropriate arrangements with just six weeks left of the transition period.

Wipro’s Annual State of Cybersecurity Report finds increasing adoption of AI in cybersecurity to tackle advanced adversaries

Wipro’s Annual State of Cybersecurity Report finds increasing adoption of AI in cybersecurity to tackle advanced adversaries

Wipro Limited, the global information technology, consulting and business process services company, has released its annual State of Cybersecurity Report (SOCR) that presents changing perspectives of cybersecurity globally.

Transformation a priority for majority of manufacturing leaders

Transformation a priority for majority of manufacturing leaders

Four in five UK manufacturing executives (86%) are planning to transform their business in the next 12 months, according to a new report from Parseq.

Hope for the high-street: over 60% of online shoppers will return

Hope for the high-street: over 60% of online shoppers will return

Recent research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Manhattan Associates (supply chain and omnichannel commerce experts), shows that the fate of the Great British high street is not as bleak as some might have thought.

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