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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Brexit uncertainty boosts sales for Synergy

Brexit uncertainty boosts sales for Synergy

Warehouse management specialist, Synergy Logistics, is benefitting from the “Brexit effect” as it posts record sales for 2018.

Gen Z driving retail’s cashierless future

Gen Z driving retail’s cashierless future

To borrow that famous quote from the great American author Mark Twain, reports of the death of the physical retail store have been greatly exaggerated.

Three trends that will disrupt MEA’s supply chain industry in 2019

Three trends that will disrupt MEA’s supply chain industry in 2019

Thanks to customer expectations, the supply chain, and logistics industry have evolved significantly over the past few years. Brick and mortar processes of delivering goods and services are just not good enough. Hence, surfaces the need to deploy technologies that empower business to keep up with customers.

Manufacturing: The surprising leader in the global datasphere – new IDC research

Manufacturing: The surprising leader in the global datasphere – new IDC research

The global datasphere¹ could grow to 175 zettabytes by 2025, and industries such as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Media and Entertainment are helping to define this new era of data growth.

Could there be a Brexit dividend for the supply chain?

Could there be a Brexit dividend for the supply chain?

Currency fluctuations caused by worldwide geo-political events like Brexit and changing US trade policy may be being exploited by companies seeking to save money in their supply chain, a new report has found.

A manufacturer’s guide to thriving in a Hard-Brexit Britain

A manufacturer’s guide to thriving in a Hard-Brexit Britain

With Brexit negotiations in full force, British manufacturers are actively planning to maximise the opportunities that lie before us and mitigate the challenges.

Money worries cost the manufacturing industry £85 million each year

Money worries cost the manufacturing industry £85 million each year

A combination of workers taking days off or being distracted due to financial stress is costing the manufacturing sector £85m in lost output every year.

Senseye’s top five manufacturing predictions for 2019

Senseye’s top five manufacturing predictions for 2019

By Dr Simon Kampa, CEO and co-founder of Senseye.

2019 marks an inflection point in the maturity of Industry 4.0 and the application of real-world predictive maintenance as companies move from pilots to real deployments – with significant ROI.

SATO - Embracing the IoT era in retail

SATO - Embracing the IoT era in retail

Retail is rapidly changing, with a huge increase in the use of technology across every element of the process, from concept to consumer. In particular, the increased prevalence of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) in the retail sector means businesses must adapt and invest in technologies to support this new era of network-controlled device management and automation.

Wired or wireless?

Wired or wireless?

According to Statista, there will be 30 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices active by 2024. To tap into this trend, plant managers can choose between two main methods of connecting new devices to the IoT — wired or wireless. Maria Torrisi, business development manager of industrial automation specialist JMartans Automation, suggests three questions to ask before choosing between wired and wireless technology.

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