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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Two thirds of SMEs are more concerned about cyber-attacks now than they were 12 months ago

Two thirds of SMEs are more concerned about cyber-attacks now than they were 12 months ago

Businesses in the UK are more concerned about cyber-attacks now than they were a year ago, according to the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer research.

Two thirds of SMEs (67%) said they were more worried about cyber security threats now, with a third of these (31%) reporting that they were significantly so.

Five steps to preparing for the future in the manufacturing sector

Five steps to preparing for the future in the manufacturing sector

By Andy Coussins, senior vice president and head of sales, international, Epicor Software.

The manufacturing sector currently contributes £6.7 trillion to the global economy. Despite being subject to regular negative reports, the UK continues to play a significant role in the evolution and growth of global manufacturing.

Retailers focus on savings to avoid becoming another high street casualty

Retailers focus on savings to avoid becoming another high street casualty

Dave Locke, Field CTO at World Wide Technology, explores how retailers can reassess their 2019 strategies and reduce outgoings in an increasingly challenging environment.

Five key trends shaping the supply chain in 2019

Five key trends shaping the supply chain in 2019

By Charlie Pool, CEO, Stowga.

2018 was a turbulent year for most industries - logistics and supply chain was no exception. With Brexit, stockpiling, supply chain problems for big brands, and big name retailers closing stores left, right and centre, the next year is undoubtedly going to be as eventful, if not more so.

The green (last) mile – sustainability in parcel delivery

The green (last) mile – sustainability in parcel delivery

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch.

Casting my eye over the predictions that the turn of the year brings always offers an interesting insight into which issues are gaining traction in the market.

Manufacturing skills shortage increases pressure on current industry employees

Manufacturing skills shortage increases pressure on current industry employees

A recent survey has uncovered some concerning findings that could have a serious impact on skilled workers for the manufacturing sector now and in the not too distant future.

Report finds retailers must disrupt last mile delivery and slash unprofitable delivery models

Report finds retailers must disrupt last mile delivery and slash unprofitable delivery models

Capgemini has launched the findings of its global study exploring how retailer investment in ‘last mile delivery’ – the final leg of the online purchase journey before reaching the customer’s hands – is critical to uncover new revenue streams.

UK retailers wasting two million hours every week on competitor price-checking

UK retailers wasting two million hours every week on competitor price-checking

UK retailers are wasting almost two million hours every working week due to ineffective competitor price-checking processes, according to a research report.

What’s in store for retail in 2019? Manhattan Associates makes its top 5 predictions

What’s in store for retail in 2019? Manhattan Associates makes its top 5 predictions

With shoppers becoming ever more demanding and retailers under pressure to deliver the seamless service experience consumers crave, Manhattan Associates, Inc. has identified five key themes it believes are set to dominate the retail agenda in 2019:

Comment from Epicor: UK manufacturers set cash aside in case of hard Brexit

Comment from Epicor: UK manufacturers set cash aside in case of hard Brexit

Following the news that UK manufacturers are setting cash aside in case of a hard Brexit, Mark Hughes, regional vice president UK and Ireland at Epicor, provides his views on how UK manufacturing firms can use this cash to invest in the correct technology to prepare for the changes that this particularly uncertain and turbulent time may bring.

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