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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Manufacturers must rethink global operations in face of COVID-19 - study

Manufacturers must rethink global operations in face of COVID-19 - study

Manufacturers must redesign and reform their Global Supply Chains or Global Production Networks (GPN) if they want to survive and prosper in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study reveals.

How retailers can implement temperature screening to ensure customer safety post-lockdown

How retailers can implement temperature screening to ensure customer safety post-lockdown

As lockdown restrictions are being gradually eased across the country, industries of all types must now consider additional health and safety measures, to ensure a safe re-opening.

Breaking down internal barriers in companies crucial amid increasing digitisation, Accenture study finds

Breaking down internal barriers in companies crucial amid increasing digitisation, Accenture study finds

Many companies do not realise the full value of investing in digital projects due to a lack of collaboration among their critical business functions, according to a new study by Accenture (NYSE: ACN).

Brexit: Uncertainty remains but supply chain preparations are a priority

Brexit: Uncertainty remains but supply chain preparations are a priority

Brexit is back in the headlines, but to those responsible for preparing supply chains in the region there is more frustration than ever. On the one hand, the UK has confirmed it will not be extending the Brexit transition period beyond 31 December.

Shops reopening - but can the supply chain cope?

Shops reopening - but can the supply chain cope?

As the UK lockdown is lifted, retailers must be on their toes when it comes to predicting and meeting customer demand with supply chain agility and resiliency.

Giesecke+Devrient: Greater focus on cybersecurity a must as corona pandemic leads to surge in digitisation

Giesecke+Devrient: Greater focus on cybersecurity a must as corona pandemic leads to surge in digitisation

The spread of the corona pandemic has shifted large parts of work and communication into digital space within a very short time. It has become obvious: The security of networks and communication infrastructures is more important than ever - especially in light of increasing cyber threats.

UK manufacturing firms unprepared for the ‘new normal’ in the workplace

UK manufacturing firms unprepared for the ‘new normal’ in the workplace

With the government now a week into its 50-page roadmap out of lockdown, a new report suggests that UK manufacturing firms were one of the least prepared sectors for the rise of flexible working pre-lockdown.

UKWA welcomes ‘pragmatic’ re-think by government on EU border checks

UKWA welcomes ‘pragmatic’ re-think by government on EU border checks

The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA), the trade body for the warehousing and logistics sector, has welcomed the government’s change of stance on EU border checks, announced on Friday, 12 June.

UK consumers reluctant to give up data but still value personalised experiences

UK consumers reluctant to give up data but still value personalised experiences

Half (50%) of UK consumers are unwilling to share their personal data with retailers over concerns about how this is being used, with those aged over 55 revealed to be the least willing to provide any data (56%), according to a survey from REPL Group.

Taking back control of customs clearances

Taking back control of customs clearances

While the topic of Brexit has taken somewhat of a backseat over recent months with the impact of Covid-19, we remain in the period of transition as the formal trade deal is yet to be agreed upon.

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