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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SME backbone for biotech supply chains

SME backbone for biotech supply chains

With Covid-19 vaccine delivery highlighting the need for resilience in pharma and biotech supply chains, Karl H. Lauri, managing team member at MRPeasy.com, explains that ERP/MRP gives smaller suppliers the backbone required to take part.

Logistics UK response to announcement on motor insurance law

Logistics UK response to announcement on motor insurance law

In response to the announcement that the government will not implement an EU ruling into UK law which would have meant all motor vehicles operating on private land will need motor insurance – also known as the ‘Vnuk’ ruling –  James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy at Logistics UK comments:

Manufacturing activity remains patchy – CBI Monthly Industrial Trends Survey

Manufacturing activity remains patchy – CBI Monthly Industrial Trends Survey

Manufacturing output fell slightly in the quarter to February, but at a more modest rate than in the first lockdown last Spring, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

UK government welcomes the European Commission’s draft data adequacy decisions

UK government welcomes the European Commission’s draft data adequacy decisions

The UK government welcomes the European Commission’s draft data adequacy decisions, which recognise the UK’s high data protection standards and set out that the UK should be found ‘adequate’.

Why supply chains are today’s fastest growing cybersecurity threat

Why supply chains are today’s fastest growing cybersecurity threat

By Steph Charbonneau, Senior Director of Product Strategy, HelpSystems.

Business ecosystems have expanded over the years owing to the many benefits of diverse, interconnected supply chains, prompting organizations to pursue close, collaborative relationships with their suppliers.

Blockchain’s Distributed Ledger in Supply Chain Can Be The Game Changer

Blockchain’s Distributed Ledger in Supply Chain Can Be The Game Changer

"You either implement blockchain or you disappear," said Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx, at an international conference three years ago. It is worth saying that in this case, he was talking about supply chain management (SCM).

UK material handling industry must remain resolute in 2021

UK material handling industry must remain resolute in 2021

The UK material handling industry can look forward to a better 2021 but must remain resolute in the face of the ongoing pandemic and the bedding in of post-Brexit trade deals, the UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA) has said.

Manufacturing robots to hit US$18.6B in market value in 2021, a 40% increase in three years

Manufacturing robots to hit US$18.6B in market value in 2021, a 40% increase in three years

Robotics play a huge role in the manufacturing landscape today. A growing number of businesses use manufacturing robots to automate repetitive tasks, reduce errors, and enable their employees to focus on innovation and efficiency, causing the entire sector's impressive growth.

Top five innovative printed & flexible sensor technologies, according to IDTechEx

Top five innovative printed & flexible sensor technologies, according to IDTechEx

Printed/flexible sensors offer multiple benefits relative to their more established rigid counterparts, including lower weight, flexibility/conformality, and potentially lower manufacturing costs since printing facilitates high-throughput continuous production methods.

The future of logistics: Training a smart workforce

The future of logistics: Training a smart workforce

The pandemic has caused considerable disruption to the UK economy, and with that, unemployment has increased considerably. At the end of 2020, unemployment was at 5%, with experts predicting this is likely to increase to 7.5% by mid-2021, with 2.6 million people unemployed.

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