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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Combatting the threat to 5G

Combatting the threat to 5G

By Adrian Taylor, Regional VP of Sales at A10 Networks.

For the telecoms industry, 2019 is the year of 5G. Service providers are in a race to rollout 5G services that will empower the next generation of smart devices and the Internet of Things (IoT).

R&D rises to priority level for manufacturers

R&D rises to priority level for manufacturers

By Terri Hiskey, Vice President of Product Marketing for Manufacturing at Epicor Software.

Look back through time, there are plenty of examples of businesses that missed out on huge opportunities.

Brands in the UK should ensure their vegan food products remain healthy to consumers, says GlobalData

Brands in the UK should ensure their vegan food products remain healthy to consumers, says GlobalData

As veganism becomes increasingly available in mainstream retail, consumers’ attention inevitably shifts towards how healthy a vegan product is. Brands should address this by reducing sugar and salt levels in processed vegan food, removing allergens and adding ingredients beneficial for the vegan diet, says GlobalData, the data and analytics company.

The best things come in small packages for retail SMEs

The best things come in small packages for retail SMEs

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch.

“Britain is a nation of shopkeepers,” is the famous phrase coined by economist Adam Smith to explain the desire of a commercial nation to secure ever-expanding markets for its wares.

86 percent of UK retailers haven’t completed supply chain digitisation

86 percent of UK retailers haven’t completed supply chain digitisation

According to new research released from Gravity Supply Chain Solutions, 86 percent of UK retailers haven’t completed the digitisation processes (using a cloud based platform with real time visibility, and automation capabilities) required to give them full control of their supply chain.

Research shows that retailers have five days to crack the sale, before risk of losing the customer rapidly increases

Research shows that retailers have five days to crack the sale, before risk of losing the customer rapidly increases

New research by retail technology expert Conversity has revealed that just under half (43 per cent) of shoppers researching complex purchases such as mobile phones, laptops or broadband packages make a buying decision within five days.

AI in business: 2019 trends and predictions

AI in business: 2019 trends and predictions

AI is already being implemented in businesses around the world, and while worries persist over whether robots will be taking over the workplace, some are predicting that it will actually improve and even create jobs in the future.

Integrated technology playing critical part in transport planning as concerns around driver shortage continue to grow, says Paragon survey

Integrated technology playing critical part in transport planning as concerns around driver shortage continue to grow, says Paragon survey

Logistics operations are increasingly turning to integrated technology solutions to overcome a host of transport planning pressures, while at the same time the driver and general skills shortage continues to weigh on the supply chain sector.

UK SME manufacturing sector buoyant and confident about future growth

UK SME manufacturing sector buoyant and confident about future growth

The latest MHA Manufacturing and Engineering Report confirms UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) manufacturers remain optimistic and confident about future growth, despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, rising production costs and skill shortages.

Industry pessimism could delay digital transformation and restrict growth across the manufacturing sector

Industry pessimism could delay digital transformation and restrict growth across the manufacturing sector

A decline in business optimism caused by economic uncertainty and Brexit confusion is holding back manufacturers from investing in vital technology improvements, and this could seriously impact future growth across the sector.

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