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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Resilience, recovery and recruitment: SME optimism will result in millions of new jobs in 2021

Resilience, recovery and recruitment: SME optimism will result in millions of new jobs in 2021

As major economies reopen across the globe and consumer confidence rises, Sage, provider of cloud business management solutions, has unveiled the true levels of resilience and optimism among SMEs across the UK, US and France. Sage’s recent sentiment survey shows that SMEs – the economic backbone of many countries – have reached a turning point and confidence has largely returned.

Is industrial IoT creating a cybersecurity perfect storm?

Is industrial IoT creating a cybersecurity perfect storm?

Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial IoT (IIoT) sensors have revolutionised manufacturing in the 21st century, enabling enterprises to improve production processes using real-time visual and technical data. Unfortunately, although few devices and networks are 100% secure given the constantly expanding threat landscape, IoT sensors are notoriously vulnerable, offering bad actors plenty of low-hanging fruit to pluck.

How to grow your business using data for everyone

How to grow your business using data for everyone

The world of retail has always been fiercely competitive but the pandemic has meant it’s harder than ever for companies to succeed.  So how can retailers make sure they’re able to prosper in a difficult market? Marcos Monterio, CEO, Veezoo, explains why data that’s easily accessed, is the key.

Why Business Intelligence is key to successful negotiations with your ecommerce delivery partners

Why Business Intelligence is key to successful negotiations with your ecommerce delivery partners

By Dominic Potter, Logistyx Technologies

With the e-commerce boom prioritising retailers’ ability to ship parcels to customers efficiently and in good time, it’s essential for retailers to review and re-negotiate contracts with delivery partners more regularly.

Plea to retail and hospitality to avoid panic planning, in the face of chaotic demand as lockdown restrictions ease

Plea to retail and hospitality to avoid panic planning, in the face of chaotic demand as lockdown restrictions ease

While the easing of lockdown restrictions across England on Monday 12 April received nationwide fanfare, cash-strapped industry leaders in the retail and hospitality sectors could be facing even greater losses, if they fail to adopt new technologies.

One in six managers in manufacturing consider quitting as COVID burnout strikes

One in six managers in manufacturing consider quitting as COVID burnout strikes

Almost half of managers in the manufacturing sector have experienced burnout at work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a sixth considering quitting their job as a result, according to new research from not-for-profit healthcare provider, Benenden Health.

UK logistics deal activity was driven by technology businesses, according to the latest Q1 figures

UK logistics deal activity was driven by technology businesses, according to the latest Q1 figures

Nearly half of the 15 transactions completed in the logistics sector in the first quarter of 2021 involved software businesses, such as fleet telematics, workforce and supply chain management, shipment tracking solutions and warehouse management systems.

NTT Global Threat Intelligence Report: Up to 300% increase in attacks globally from opportunistic targeting

NTT Global Threat Intelligence Report: Up to 300% increase in attacks globally from opportunistic targeting

NTT Ltd., the global technology services provider, has launched its 2021 Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR), which reveals how hackers are taking advantage of the global destabilisation by targeting essential industries and common vulnerabilities from the shift to remote working.

61% of UK manufacturers have changed business practices as a result of Brexit – MHA survey

61% of UK manufacturers have changed business practices as a result of Brexit – MHA survey

Accountancy network MHA has released its latest survey into the UK manufacturing sector which revealed that 61% of businesses have changed their practices as a result of Brexit and 75% are planning to invest less or the same as planned before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, although this is a drop from 81% September 2020.

Retail re-opens, but how can you capitalise on and, crucially, sustain, pent-up demand?

Retail re-opens, but how can you capitalise on and, crucially, sustain, pent-up demand?

How can retailers capitalise on both pent-up and longer term demand, asks Romulus Grigoras, Cofounder and CEO of OneStock. 

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