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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Why UK manufacturers are sitting ducks for cyber criminals

Why UK manufacturers are sitting ducks for cyber criminals

By Myles Bray, VP EMEA for ForeScout.

Despite some volatility across today's national and international political landscape, the manufacturing sector in the UK continues to be a key growth driver for the economy. Last month, 14 of the 17 manufacturing subsectors reported growth.

IoT security – A barrier to deployment?

IoT security – A barrier to deployment?

By Nick Sacke, Head of Product and IoT, Comms365.

Security takes priority when it comes to the development and deployment of IoT, with Gartner predicting that by 2020, IoT security will make up 20% of annual security budgets.

Thales: data breaches skyrocket with 50% of retailers experiencing a breach in the last year, up from 19% the prior year

Thales: data breaches skyrocket with 50% of retailers experiencing a breach in the last year, up from 19% the prior year

Thales, the critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security solutions provider, has announced the results of its 2018 Thales Data Threat Report, Retail Edition.

Security for intent-based networking

Security for intent-based networking

By Ronald Sens, EMEA Director, A10 Networks

Networks have become more massive and complex than ever before. This year at Cisco Live US, people were talking about managing and defending networks at scale.

7-in-10 healthcare professionals say print has the power to transform patient care

7-in-10 healthcare professionals say print has the power to transform patient care

From easing budgetary pressures to personalising care for chronic conditions, a new study commissioned by Ricoh Europe reveals the disruptive impact new printing technologies are having on European healthcare systems.

Britain at the forefront of new technologies

Britain at the forefront of new technologies

Industry 4.0 is clearly a revolution in the making, with wide-scale implications for businesses, consumers and workers.

How retailers can avoid a red card during the World Cup

How retailers can avoid a red card during the World Cup

By Dean Frew, CTO and Senior VP of RFID Solutions at SML.

Without question a busy retail period is hugely profitable for businesses. In particular, national and international events can present retailers with a number of significant business opportunities such as increased customer engagement, creating jobs for store associates and opportunities to drive sales at an exponential rate.

FICO survey: UK firms are too confident about their cybersecurity

FICO survey: UK firms are too confident about their cybersecurity

Despite the growth in data breaches, senior executives at UK firms think their cybersecurity protection is top-notch, according to a new survey conducted by research and consultancy firm Ovum for Silicon Valley analytics firm FICO.

It’s complicated: 55% of organisations struggle to keep up with new tech

It’s complicated: 55% of organisations struggle to keep up with new tech

In this world we can often say we have too much choice and not enough time. B2B decision-makers are finding much the same is true for them, with the influx of new technologies available to their businesses proving too much to keep up with.

Why ERP is the key to unlocking the future of retail

Why ERP is the key to unlocking the future of retail

Drop shipping has the potential to completely change the world of retail. However, as John Weber, Director of Business Development and Product Management at Aptean, explains, retailers need an effective ERP system to truly make the most of this new retail reality.

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