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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Marketing could be improved, say manufacturers

Marketing could be improved, say manufacturers

Managers of manufacturing companies say there is room for improvement in their marketing activities, according to a recent survey.

Commissioned by Birmingham-based Cognition Agency, the survey showed 74% of companies using online advertising, 67% with a social media presence, and 65% taking advantage of online content.

A poor understanding of data is hampering retailers’ efforts to drive a positive customer experience, says Claranet

A poor understanding of data is hampering retailers’ efforts to drive a positive customer experience, says Claranet

In today's digital world, data is a vital asset that gives organisations the ability to uncover valuable insights about customer behaviour, which ultimately provides businesses with a competitive edge.

Global weather fluctuation reduces global wheat production down 33 million tonnes to 726 million tonnes in 2018

Global weather fluctuation reduces global wheat production down 33 million tonnes to 726 million tonnes in 2018

Informa's Agribusiness Intelligence is predicting global production of wheat will be down year on year in 2018.

Public believes manufacturing vital for future of post-Brexit economy – EEF/Womble Bond Dickinson survey

Public believes manufacturing vital for future of post-Brexit economy – EEF/Womble Bond Dickinson survey

A new poll shows that the general public thinks manufacturing is hugely important to the future of the UK economy post-Brexit and that Government should place more value on it, but there are massive misperceptions about the pay and opportunities it offers, as well as its world ranking.

Three ways your supply chain manager can help improve speed-to-market

Three ways your supply chain manager can help improve speed-to-market

By John Caltabiano, VP of Global Supply Chain, Jabil.

Given a choice, would you launch your product late, or launch it over budget? Choosing to go to market late might present the greater risk to profitability, according to a report published by McKinsey & Company that claims, on average, going to market six months late but within budget can shave 33 percent off profits.

From barcodes to low-code: Powering digital transformation in retail

From barcodes to low-code: Powering digital transformation in retail

By Nick Pike, Vice-President, EMEA, OutSystems.

The invention of the barcode revolutionised the retail industry, making it possible for individual stores to stock a far wider range of products and to diversify their offering to appeal to a broader market.

Failing to deliver: Lack of live order delivery tracking can cost retailers custom

Failing to deliver: Lack of live order delivery tracking can cost retailers custom

Lack of live order tracking could be costing retailers lost conversions and customer loyalty, the latest research from Sorted, the delivery experience company, warns.

UK and German manufacturers confident they can meet the challenges of Brexit but call for clarity

UK and German manufacturers confident they can meet the challenges of Brexit but call for clarity

New research from European service logistics specialist, Carousel Logistics, has revealed that almost half of UK and German manufacturing businesses believe they have time to prepare their supply chains for Brexit, but they have called for clarity to allow them to do so.

Businesses encouraged to seek Authorised Economic Operator status pre-Brexit to protect their supply chain

Businesses encouraged to seek Authorised Economic Operator status pre-Brexit to protect their supply chain

With just under seven months until the UK exits the European Union, businesses are being urged to apply for Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Accreditation.

Trend Micro survey finds IoT deployment decisions made without consulting security Teams

Trend Micro survey finds IoT deployment decisions made without consulting security Teams

Trend Micro Incorporated, the cybersecurity solutions provider, has revealed that organisations around the world are exposing themselves to unnecessary cyber risk by failing to give IT security teams a voice when planning Internet of Things (IoT) project deployments in enterprise environments.

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