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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One in three retail workers holding out for redundancy before switching careers

One in three retail workers holding out for redundancy before switching careers

34% of retail workers in the UK are waiting to be made redundant before switching careers, according to a survey released by professional training provider Learning People.

Five myths about transportation management hurting your business

Five myths about transportation management hurting your business

By Gautam Kumar, Co-Founder & COO, FarEye.

Gone are those days when managing transportation was perceived as an afterthought. And thanks to uncompromising customer expectations this arm of a supply chain and logistics is now as important as planning procurement, managing inventory, and optimizing warehousing.

Third of transport/logistics workers would prefer a male CEO

Third of transport/logistics workers would prefer a male CEO

Research into the UK worker’s ideal CEO from Wagestream, the financial wellbeing experts, has revealed a disparity between what people expect from business leaders and the reality of how bosses are operating.

Firms must be ready to adapt to potential new regulations

Firms must be ready to adapt to potential new regulations

By Mark Hughes, regional vice president, UK and Ireland at Epicor Software.

The recent warning that the manufacturing sector is “woefully unprepared” for a no-deal Brexit serves as a stark reminder that firms must be ready to adapt to potential new regulations that could alter trade processes and possibly affect growth trajectories.

74% of UK retailers do not correctly attribute footfall to digital spend

74% of UK retailers do not correctly attribute footfall to digital spend

Most UK brands are unsure of the actual impact digital marketing spend is having on visits to their own bricks and mortar stores.

A survey of 1,153 UK retail workers carried out by leading digital marketing agency, Marketingsignals.com, revealed that three quarters (74%) of UK retailers are failing to assess the full worth of their digital marketing spend - due to them not accurately attributing the impact on footfall.

One in three retail workers holding out for redundancy before switching careers

One in three retail workers holding out for redundancy before switching careers

34% of retail workers in the UK are waiting to be made redundant before switching careers, according to a survey by professional training provider Learning People.

UK manufacturers missing out on £183bn due to lack of finance

UK manufacturers missing out on £183bn due to lack of finance

Research from Wyelands Bank, set up to help small and medium businesses, shows UK mid-sized manufacturers could be missing out on £183bn in revenues due to insufficient access to finance.

Are we embracing the profit potential of the over 50s?

Are we embracing the profit potential of the over 50s?

Are retailers overlooking a prime market? The over 50s age group contributes to 76% of the UK’s financial wealth and just under half of it is consumer spending.

Ivalua believes businesses are in ‘no-deal denial’

Ivalua believes businesses are in ‘no-deal denial’

Smart procurement firm Ivalua has warned that businesses trading with Europe need to urgently review supply chain operations ahead of Brexit, or risk being unprepared for the cliff edge posed by leaving without a deal.

Tech Data and Tata Consultancy Services partner to deliver connected consumer intelligence

Tech Data and Tata Consultancy Services partner to deliver connected consumer intelligence

While businesses collect customer data from a myriad of sources, distilling that information to be timely and actionable presents a growing challenge for many organisations.

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