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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Mindful consumers: Are we reaching an ethical tipping point?

Mindful consumers: Are we reaching an ethical tipping point?

The UK is a nation addicted to fashion, buying five times more clothes today than in the 1980s. But 400,000 tonnes of clothes end up in landfill every year – and there is growing awareness that the way these clothes are produced and discarded is having a massive impact on the environment, from water consumption during production to marine contamination from microfibres.

3D printing is now driving the sustainability agenda

3D printing is now driving the sustainability agenda

Critics of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, have long cited the technology’s reliance on plastic filament as the primary print material, and it would seem that - with the global focus on reducing plastic wastage – they have a point.

Making the case for Transportation Management System….a BluJay Solutions white paper

Making the case for Transportation Management System….a  BluJay Solutions white paper

In a world where supply chains have become increasingly complex and global in nature, managing with spread-sheets and phone conversations with carriers are no longer viable options.

Download this white paper to see how a software as a service (SaaS), multi-tenant transportation management system puts power and efficiency into the hands of any company that wants to cut freight costs, improve visibility, and optimise activity in today’s competitive business environment.

What Brexit? UK tech sector still attracting high-skilled migrants despite Brexit uncertainty

What Brexit? UK tech sector still attracting high-skilled migrants despite Brexit uncertainty

Brexit uncertainty has so far barely dented the UK’s ability to attract high-skilled tech professionals from abroad, according to new analysis by job site Indeed.

Failure to prioritise resource efficiency is costing UK manufacturers billions

Failure to prioritise resource efficiency is costing UK manufacturers billions

Manufacture 2030’s Founder Martin Chilcott, has called on manufacturers to pay closer attention to resource efficiency, highlighting that manufacturers are failing to tap into the potential to boost their competitiveness and non-labour resource efficiency.

Making the business case for digitally transforming labelling

Making the business case for digitally transforming labelling

By Ken Moir, VP marketing, NiceLabel.

With the latest wave of digitisation, there are very few areas of our lives and businesses that haven’t been digitally transformed. We see evidence of digitisation in the prototype smart cities, in our automobiles, and even in our homes.

The vital role of Auto ID in digital transformation

The vital role of Auto ID in digital transformation

Kamran Farooq, sales manager – manufacturing, of Datalogic, the global automatic identification technology and process automation solutions provider, discusses the technologies driving digital transformation in manufacturing and logistics.

Meeting the Black Friday challenge

Meeting the Black Friday challenge

Darrel Williams, EMEA sales director, Voice at Honeywell, considers the effect peak demand periods such as Black Friday can have on retailers’ and warehouse professionals’ supply chain operations, and how voice-directed picking and replenishment technology can offer the ideal solution.

Omnichannel profitability starts with advanced inventory insight

Omnichannel profitability starts with advanced inventory insight

By Georgia Leybourne, senior director international marketing, Manhattan Associates.

Not long ago, retailers had a clear differentiation in sales channels. Inventory located in a store was only consumed through that store. And inventory located at a warehouse was only consumed through the catalogue, phone, or perhaps online site associated with that warehouse.

Four Common Mistakes That Leave Businesses Vulnerable to Online Attacks

Four Common Mistakes That Leave Businesses Vulnerable to Online Attacks

The threat of online attacks is one of the biggest issues in the modern business world. The true financial cost of being hacked is huge but hard to calculate. It includes factors such as reputational damage and the knock-on effect for suppliers, as well as the direct financial losses.

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