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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Bringing digital fluidity to bricks-and-mortar retail

Bringing digital fluidity to bricks-and-mortar retail

By Derrick Harris, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Pivotal Software Inc.

Boarded up windows, closing-down sales and a huge growth in e-commerce retail has seen the UK’s high streets continue to suffer in recent years.

Manufacturers falling drastically short in efforts to digitise supply chain, survey finds

Manufacturers falling drastically short in efforts to digitise supply chain, survey finds

Manufacturers with large supply chains are struggling to digitise interaction with their suppliers despite huge desire to do so, according to a new study.

Air freight must be prioritised in government's aviation strategy

Air freight must be prioritised in government's aviation strategy

Air freight will play a pivotal role in achieving Britain’s future trading ambitions post-Brexit, according to FTA, so it must be placed front and centre of the government’s aviation strategy. Responding to the consultation, Aviation 2050 — the future of UK aviation, FTA is calling for a dedicated freight chapter in the White Paper; the government must set out a clear and ambitious vision for air freight.

Digital transformation: thyssenkrupp presents artificial intelligence "alfred”

Digital transformation: thyssenkrupp presents artificial intelligence "alfred”

thyssenkrupp Materials Services continues to drive digital transformation: Since early 2019 an artificial intelligence solution (AI), supported by Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure, has been integrated into the processes of the largest materials distribution and service provider in the Western world.

Over three quarters of retail professionals haven’t had a pay rise in the last 12 months

Over three quarters of retail professionals haven’t had a pay rise in the last 12 months

New research conducted by CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveals that over three quarters (78%) of retail workers haven’t had a formal pay review meeting in the past year.

Bakeries turn the heat up in British foodservice as they compete for bigger slice of £22.5 billion food-to-go market and get into click & collect and delivery

Bakeries turn the heat up in British foodservice as they compete for bigger slice of £22.5 billion food-to-go market and get into click & collect and delivery

Global information company The NPD Group says data from its new Bakery Trends Tracker report show bakery outlets have over the past year (YE April 2019) seen the strongest growth in on-premise business among major British quick-service restaurant (QSR) channels, with sales and visits up more than 19% and nearly 18% respectively in the past year.

‘Lack of UK economic certainty’ is biggest concern for UK Manufacturers, according to Santander Corporate & Commercial poll

‘Lack of UK economic certainty’ is biggest concern for UK Manufacturers, according to Santander Corporate & Commercial poll

More than half (52%) of UK manufacturers think that ‘a lack of UK economic certainty’ is the most pressing concern for business, according to a new snapshot poll1 by Santander Corporate & Commercial.

The fourth dimension – How 4D printing is impacting manufacturing

The fourth dimension – How 4D printing is impacting manufacturing

Human beings have five senses; sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. But what about intuition? Some people refer to this as the sixth sense. Now, a new manufacturing technique is adding an extra dimension ─ a sixth sense ─ to products with applications as varied as aerospace and medical.

Dramatic cost reductions set to transform microLED displays into mass-market products, IHS Markit says

Dramatic cost reductions set to transform microLED displays into mass-market products, IHS Markit says

Rising from negligible levels this year, the global market for microLED displays is expected to grow to 15.5 million units in 2026 as steep declines in manufacturing costs make the emerging technology suitable for the mass market, according to the recently released IHS Markit Micro LED Display Technology & Market report.

Consumers worldwide are spending less – how can the retail sector adapt to the ‘new normal’ of tough trading conditions?

Consumers worldwide are spending less – how can the retail sector adapt to the ‘new normal’ of tough trading conditions?

All the signs point to a transformative shift in the relationship between consumers and retailers. In fact, a recent global confidence survey found that consumers worldwide are spending less on almost everything.

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