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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Consumers still economic bright spot but Europe can’t avoid effects of global trade tensions, says Stenn

Consumers still economic bright spot but Europe can’t avoid effects of global trade tensions, says Stenn

Dr. Kerstin Braun, President of Stenn Group, an international provider of trade finance headquartered in the UK, comments on the Eurostat retail trade figures and drop in Asian markets/FTSE 100:

Retailers forced to get smart in fight against crime - attacks costing the sector over £900 million

Retailers forced to get smart in fight against crime - attacks costing the sector over £900 million

Shocking new figures show that attacks on retail workers in the UK are on the rise, with over 42,000 violent incidents recorded in the last year. These attacks are costing retailers a staggering £900 million.

Acquia and ORM reveal customer experience is the key focus for manufacturers as online shopping behaviours evolve

Acquia and ORM reveal customer experience is the key focus for manufacturers as online shopping behaviours evolve

Almost three-quarters (73%) of manufacturers are re-directing their key focus to enhancing the customer experience to accommodate changes in consumer behaviour, according to new research from Acquia and ORM.

How to combat the skills deficit in the manufacturing industry

How to combat the skills deficit in the manufacturing industry

By Dave Johal, ManpowerGroup.

For over two centuries, the manufacturing industry has been a crucial growth engine for the UK economy. Even now it’s responsible for 45% of the country’s exports, totalling £275bn and making the UK the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world.

Research from Forescout and ICIT identifies ‘disruptionware’ as emerging cybersecurity threat

Research from Forescout and ICIT identifies ‘disruptionware’ as emerging cybersecurity threat

Forescout Technologies, Inc. has released a new report “Rise of Disruptionware: A Cyber-Physical Threat to Operational Technology Environments, that explores how the nature of cyber-attacks is changing.

The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Business Greener

The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Business Greener

If you want to boost the sustainability of your business, save some money, and better the world that you live and work in, you have to show an eco-friendly stance. No longer can you afford to rely on others to save the planet for you while your company goes about its own business.

Automation is the foundation for intelligent intralogistics

Automation is the foundation for intelligent intralogistics

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly of interest for organisations wrestling with new supply chain challenges. But can companies maximise the value of AI without a strong intralogistics foundation?

IMHX 2019: NEC Birmingham, 24 – 27 September 2019

IMHX 2019: NEC Birmingham, 24 – 27 September 2019

Are your warehousing costs higher than they should be? Probably. Most companies know what their warehouse is costing to run, but they have no idea what the minimum spend to operate their warehouse should be.

What is legacy software?

What is legacy software?

We’ve all heard the term legacy software, but who knows what it really means?, asks Nick Whiteley, CEO of HFX, workforce management systems.

Legacy Software simply put is the generalised term used for 'old outdated software and systems that are still in use'.

‘Bring on the Robots, but bring us with you’

‘Bring on the Robots, but bring us with you’

Research from global analytics and advice firm, Gallup suggests that people feel unprepared for the introduction of new technologies, despite being optimistic about their job prospects.

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