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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9 in 10 independent retailers now based outside of London

9 in 10 independent retailers now based outside of London

According to data from Ankorstore, the curated marketplace connecting independent brands with local retailers, the economic disruption caused by the pandemic has inspired a wave of entrepreneurial independent retail businesses. Over the last six months, more than 10,000 independent retailers were trading in the UK.

Why industrial automation Is capturing the world’s attention in the age of Industry 4.0

Why industrial automation Is capturing the world’s attention in the age of Industry 4.0

By Laith Marmash, EMEA Product Marketing Advisor – Machine Vision/Fixed Industrial Scanning, Zebra Technologies. 

Coined over a decade ago, the term Industry 4.0 refers to a new industrial revolution driven by major trends such as Big Data, greater computational power, ultra-connectivity, robotics, automation, advanced analytics and 3D printing. 

Where’s my order? How conversational AI can support supply-chains post-pandemic

Where’s my order? How conversational AI can support supply-chains post-pandemic

By Sean Sherwin-Smith, General Manager, Post-Purchase at HelloDone.

The disruption to logistics networks over the past year has caused chaos across global supply chains. With the pandemic sparking an exponential rise in online shopping, logistics operations have been tested to the max.

Five simple ways to build Industry 4.0 efficiencies into existing manufacturing processes

Five simple ways to build Industry 4.0 efficiencies into existing manufacturing processes

Industry 4.0’s ‘Factory of the Future’ is already here. The technology and ideas that underpin Industry 4.0 are transforming the way that manufacturers operate and providing the insight and information required to build safe, sustainable and agile production facilities which can keep up with current and future demand.

How Can You Diligently Manage A Manufacturing Firm

How Can You Diligently Manage A Manufacturing Firm

By Dan Coleman, freelance writer

Despite the devastation that the coronavirus pandemic has wrought, the need for innovative products has never faltered. Some firms have even been crucial pillars of support in these scenarios.

Chink of light for redundant retail spaces...

Chink of light for redundant retail spaces...

The consumer market has irreversibly shifted to an e-commerce focus, but more nimble and agile retailers are creating new-style businesses to fill the bricks-and-mortar vacuum – says SnapFulfil CEO, Tony Dobson.

90% of British, French and German IT decision makers say flash-based object storage will replace primary storage to fuel AI, ML and other emerging applications

90% of British, French and German IT decision makers say flash-based object storage will replace primary storage to fuel AI, ML and other emerging applications

Scality has announced the results of an independent survey completed by IT decision makers across the UK, France and Germany. It revealed a fundamental shift in the industry towards flash-based object storage to fuel artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), automation and big data analytics in place of other forms of primary storage. 

Sage research reveals an opportunity for HR to make bigger business impact, with 90% of C-suite leaders saying HR technology has been vital

Sage research reveals an opportunity for HR to make bigger business impact, with 90% of C-suite leaders saying HR technology has been vital

Sage has released the second in a series of research reports titled ‘HR in the moment’. The report looks at the changing role of HR and People teams in organisations today. This edition looks more closely at how aligned HR is to business priorities, and the role People analytics and technology plays in this. 

Manufacturers’ feel they are being left behind in the IoT race, industry study finds

Manufacturers’ feel they are being left behind in the IoT race, industry study finds

Research from Ubisense finds 40% of global manufacturers don’t know how to get started with IoT, a 9% rise on 2020 levels

Cyberattacks fall as UK returns to work

Cyberattacks fall as UK returns to work

The number of cyberattacks on UK companies fell for the first time in almost three years during the second quarter of 2021, according to Beaming, a specialist business ISP.

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