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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Lighting has an impact on Brits mood and productivity in the workplace

Lighting has an impact on Brits mood and productivity in the workplace

As the January blues well and truly set in, new research has revealed how lighting can have direct impact on mood and wellbeing at home and in the workplace.

How the Supply Chain is Becoming More Connected Through the IoT and Smart Technology

How the Supply Chain is Becoming More Connected Through the IoT and Smart Technology

It looks like the world is in for another industrial revolution as the global supply chain welcomes new developments brought about by the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology. The manufacturing landscape has become so competitive that industry executives have started scrambling to find ways to keep up with the latest tech and business innovations.

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.

Increasing IT efficiency through effective print management

Increasing IT efficiency through effective print management

Any software or innovative practice that makes an IT department more efficient should be welcomed in an organisation. However, print management is one area where this impact on efficiency often goes unnoticed, according to Y Soft Corporation, the enterprise office solution provider.

The Supply Chain of the Future

The Supply Chain of the Future

Supply chains are modernising at a rapid rate as organisations look to capture the opportunity and potential offered by new technology and digitalisation.

Aligned to Industry 4.0, Supply Chain 4.0, combines new tools and solutions including; Internet of Things (IoT), advanced robotics and automation in the supply chain, cutting edge technology such as blockchain, advanced analytics and the management of ‘big data’.

The four trends that will position procurement as the driver of organisational change

The four trends that will position procurement as the driver of organisational change

By Alex Saric, Smart Procurement Expert, Ivalua.

We are heading into an uncertain year. Whether it’s the increasing complexity of the supply chain in the face of globalisation, the race to discover and deploy the latest emerging technologies or the impact of Brexit on the supply and movement of goods – organisations need to be able to overcome the challenges ahead and keep everything running smoothly.

UK manufacturing is facing its biggest worker shortage in 30 years – Epicor comment

UK manufacturing is facing its biggest worker shortage in 30 years – Epicor comment

Mark Hughes, regional vice president UK and Ireland at Epicor, comments on the news that Britain’s manufacturers are facing the biggest shortage of skilled workers since 1989 amid record levels of UK employment and falling numbers of EU27 nationals coming to the country to work since the Brexit vote:

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.

Predicting the future and understanding the role of technology in logistics

Predicting the future and understanding the role of technology in logistics

By John Lewis, Dynamics 365 Solution Consultant, Xpedition.

It is vital to understand and keep pace with the moving tech landscape. Moreover, it is not only the type of changes, but the rate of change itself that is speeding up. Businesses that understand the role of technology in logistics, and are able to adapt are significantly more likely to survive the next decade of changes than those who don’t.

Manufacturing output picks up as year comes to a close

Manufacturing output picks up as year comes to a close

Manufacturers reported that output growth picked up in the three months to December, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

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