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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Apprenticeships forging the way ahead for innovative, global Britain says Make UK

Apprenticeships forging the way ahead for innovative, global Britain says Make UK

As National Apprenticeship Week begins, Make UK is celebrating the success of manufacturing apprenticeships which are providing a much needed skills boost for our sector and playing a key role in upskilling employees for new exciting digital roles as in automated production.

The top technology predictions for the worldwide manufacturing industry in 2020

The top technology predictions for the worldwide manufacturing industry in 2020

It is no secret that the manufacturing sector is critically important for both developed and emerging economies. From producing necessities like food for a nation to creating much‐needed jobs, the sector is a source of innovation, productivity and global trade.

UK SME manufacturers continue to grow and build resilience

UK SME manufacturers continue to grow and build resilience

The latest MHA Manufacturing and Engineering Report confirms SME 2018/2019 revenue continued to grow, with the food, drink and tobacco sector leading the way at 13.14%.

The failing high street: top four lessons for small businesses

The failing high street: top four lessons for small businesses

Profit warnings have become commonplace in the national media, with once-booming businesses such as Mothercare, Beales and Patisserie Valerie revealing that they have been crippled by a rise in online competition, or in the latter case, mismanagement.

The strategic value of industrial data visualisation

The strategic value of industrial data visualisation

Today, there are almost as many devices connected to the internet as there are people in the world to use them. By most measures, approximately half of these devices are in industrial environments, collectively making up the industrial internet of things (IIoT).

ERP and the Cloud - what’s the scoop?

ERP and the Cloud - what’s the scoop?

With the ever-increasing uptake of Cloud solutions, Lumenia Consulting explains that it is constantly asked about how the various deployment options for ERP stack up. There are as many flavours of ‘Cloud’ as there are ice-creams, so Lumenia Consulting has set out the fundamentals in its latest whitepaper, ‘ERP and the Cloud, What are Your Options?’

Finding value among the clutter: how to harness unstructured data

Finding value among the clutter: how to harness unstructured data

By James Adie, Vice President EMEA Sales, Ephesoft.

Unstructured data, the term used for information that doesn’t sit neatly (or at all) in conventional databases, is a looming shadow for many businesses today. Rapid growth of technology – and the implications these innovations have had on our working lives – has meant that our ability to create information has vastly outpaced our ability to store and use it in effective ways.

Manufacturing jobs drop by 4%, despite salaries rising

Manufacturing jobs drop by 4%, despite salaries rising

According to the latest quarterly job market report from CV-Library, the UK’s independent job board, manufacturing jobs dropped by 4.3% in the final few months of 2019; the third quarter they’ve fallen year-on-year in 2019.

Tetra Pak launches first virtual marketplace for food and beverage manufacturers

Tetra Pak launches first virtual marketplace for food and beverage manufacturers

Tetra Pak has unveiled what it describes as the food and beverage (F&B) industry’s first full-scale virtual marketplace. It adds that the new platform, created using Mirakl SaaS Marketplace solutions, will bring convenience and ease to the industry by making purchasing of products faster, more convenient and simpler for producers.

UK manufacturing exports fall despite strong demand for consumer goods

UK manufacturing exports fall despite strong demand for consumer goods

Overseas demand for British luxury goods, homeware and sports and leisure products helped an index of UK manufacturing exports recover from a seven-year low in the final quarter of 2019, according to Lloyds Bank Commercial Bank.

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