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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How might retailers entice consumers back to stores in 2020?

How might retailers entice consumers back to stores in 2020?

As growing numbers of retailers and brands look to entice customers back into store with an array of immersive experiences, Craig Summers, UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates asks how retailers can reinforce innovative omnichannel experiences with the quality of in-store associate interaction.

TIMOCOM transport barometer: Germany weakens, Italy is the exception

TIMOCOM transport barometer: Germany weakens, Italy is the exception

Italian logistics companies enjoyed significant growth last year: “In Italy, we recorded an increase in freight of 16 percent as compared with 2018,” says TIMOCOM Business Analyst Tilman Fecke.

Business leaders unprepared for switch to smart supply chains despite cost reduction opportunity

Business leaders unprepared for switch to smart supply chains despite cost reduction opportunity

Businesses who resist digitalising their supply chain are at risk of failing to meet customer demands and missing out on significant cost reductions, according to new research from PA Consulting, the global innovation and transformation consultancy.

Predictive data set to increase business profitability by over 20%

Predictive data set to increase business profitability by over 20%

More than one in five managers in the manufacturing sector believe that predictive data would increase the overall profitability of the business during 2020, according to a recent survey by Anvizent, a data management software solutions provider.

Almost half of manufacturing workers don’t tell their employers about hidden health issue

Almost half of manufacturing workers don’t tell their employers about hidden health issue

Almost half of workers in the manufacturing industry have a hidden health issue they’ve never disclosed to their employers, with younger employees the most likely to withhold information from their bosses, according to new research.

Will Coronavirus spark supply chain reviews for manufacturers?

Will Coronavirus spark supply chain reviews for manufacturers?

The Coronavirus outbreak and lock downs imposed by the Chinese government are starting to impact supply chains in sectors including pharmaceuticals, automotive and telecommunications.

Under pressure: 78 percent of people feel more pressure from their employer than family when making big decisions

Under pressure: 78 percent of people feel more pressure from their employer than family when making big decisions

Business executives in the UK are more anxious about big decisions at work than critical decisions at home that impact their family, according to a new study conducted by Oracle NetSuite.

Road transport industry failing to react to rising pressure for increased environmental responsibility, according to Paragon survey

Road transport industry failing to react to rising pressure for increased environmental responsibility, according to Paragon survey

Three quarters (75%) of transport planning professionals have seen increasing pressure on their logistics operations to reduce environmental impact in the last 12 months, yet two thirds (66%) believe that much more needs to be done to keep pace with public pressure for action.

AI finally making its mark in pharma as first AI-generated drug enters clinical trials, says GlobalData

AI finally making its mark in pharma as first AI-generated drug enters clinical trials, says GlobalData

In 2020, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to trend as integral parts of the future of pharmaceutical research and healthcare service delivery, says GlobalData, the data and analytics company.

Smartphones and the circular economy

Smartphones and the circular economy

What do you do with your old smartphone when you no longer need it? Chances are, you keep it. According to a survey conducted by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), 45 per cent of UK households have two to five unused electronic devices at home. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA sales at automation equipment supplier EU Automation, discusses smartphones and the circular economy.

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