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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UK exports fall in the face of global trade tensions

UK exports fall in the face of global trade tensions

Whilst the export of goods from the UK fell in Q2 2019, larger UK manufacturers remain focused on export growth with the highest proportion of companies exporting in nearly four years, according to the latest Lloyds Bank International Trade Index, compiled in partnership with IHS Markit.

Five tips for delivering better customer experiences through agile manufacturing

Five tips for delivering better customer experiences through agile manufacturing

By John Bruno, VP of Product Management, Elastic Path Software.

Agility is now a vital attribute for modern manufacturers however, it requires a different mindset. One that goes against years of conditioning and forces manufacturers to think quite differently than they have in the past.

Manufacturers struggling to cope with spike in GDPR data requests

Manufacturers struggling to cope with spike in GDPR data requests

Manufacturers have struggled to handle an upswing in personal data access requests since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, new research from business process outsourcer Parseq reveals.

Auto Putaway or Manual? You can’t beat the WMS

Auto Putaway or Manual? You can’t beat the WMS

By Alex Mills, Sales and Marketing Director at ProSKU.

When it comes to receiving goods and looking for somewhere to put them, a modern warehouse management system (WMS) can surpass the knowledge of even the most competent warehouse operative. It can do this because it holds a map of the storage locations in a warehouse and records what is stored in them in real time.

Two’s a party – why collaboration can help you to avoid privacy pitfalls

Two’s a party – why collaboration can help you to avoid privacy pitfalls

By Tim Abraham, Director, Second-Party Data, International at LiveRamp.

More than a year after coming into effect, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has transformed the data landscape and its effects look set to extend into the future, as nations worldwide adopt similar laws.

Over a third of supply chain professionals do no monitor for modern slavery convictions

Over a third of supply chain professionals do no monitor for modern slavery convictions

Over a third (38%) of senior UK supply chain professionals say they do not have processes in place to check if a supplier has been convicted of modern slavery infringements, according to research from national law firm Weightmans.

TIMOCOM: Economic slowdown affects transport/European countries with strong export economies hit hard

TIMOCOM: Economic slowdown affects transport/European countries with strong export economies hit hard

Germany, France and the Benelux states are feeling the affects of the global economic slowdown. These are the current numbers on the TIMOCOM transport barometer which the IT company uses every quarter to document the development of transport offers and requests on Europe’s largest freight exchange.

New report from Global Fleet Champions helps fleet managers identify and address driver fatigue

New report from Global Fleet Champions helps fleet managers identify and address driver fatigue

Driving while tired is a high-risk activity and fatigue is a factor in a large number of road crashes [1]. Organisations looking to reduce the risks associated with driver fatigue will benefit from new guidance published by the Global Fleet Champions (GFC) campaign.

UK Automotive productivity up 208% since 1999, as industry highlights 20 years of sustainability gains

UK Automotive productivity up 208% since 1999, as industry highlights 20 years of sustainability gains

The progress of UK Automotive in sustainable development is revealed by new data published the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The value of IT/OT convergence

The value of IT/OT convergence

Today, we can freely communicate instantaneously with people on the other side of the world from wherever we are, whether it’s the office, a bar or walking between the two.

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