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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Can your ERP system overcome these three distribution challenges?

Can your ERP system overcome these three distribution challenges?

The key to meeting the growing demand for direct-to-consumer (D2C) shipping is efficiency, not speed. As John Weber, Director, Business Development and Product Management at Aptean, explains, distributors need to know that their ERP systems are up to the task.

An Act with no action: businesses not doing enough to find slavery in UK supply chains

An Act with no action: businesses not doing enough to find slavery in UK supply chains

UK businesses are not doing enough to identify modern slavery in their supply chains, research from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has found. A survey of 897 supply chain managers found that almost a third (31%) of UK supply chain managers admitted they did not think their business was taking the necessary steps to tackle the issue.

Supply chain attacks on the rise as one of the biggest new threat vectors as organisations scramble to close gaps

Supply chain attacks on the rise as one of the biggest new threat vectors as organisations scramble to close gaps

CrowdStrike Inc., the cloud-delivered endpoint protection solutions provider, has announced the results of its global supply chain survey, Securing the Supply Chain, produced by independent research firm Vanson Bourne.

Why UK manufacturers are sitting ducks for cyber criminals

Why UK manufacturers are sitting ducks for cyber criminals

By Myles Bray, VP EMEA for ForeScout.

Despite some volatility across today's national and international political landscape, the manufacturing sector in the UK continues to be a key growth driver for the economy. Last month, 14 of the 17 manufacturing subsectors reported growth.

IoT security – A barrier to deployment?

IoT security – A barrier to deployment?

By Nick Sacke, Head of Product and IoT, Comms365.

Security takes priority when it comes to the development and deployment of IoT, with Gartner predicting that by 2020, IoT security will make up 20% of annual security budgets.

Thales: data breaches skyrocket with 50% of retailers experiencing a breach in the last year, up from 19% the prior year

Thales: data breaches skyrocket with 50% of retailers experiencing a breach in the last year, up from 19% the prior year

Thales, the critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security solutions provider, has announced the results of its 2018 Thales Data Threat Report, Retail Edition.

Security for intent-based networking

Security for intent-based networking

By Ronald Sens, EMEA Director, A10 Networks

Networks have become more massive and complex than ever before. This year at Cisco Live US, people were talking about managing and defending networks at scale.

7-in-10 healthcare professionals say print has the power to transform patient care

7-in-10 healthcare professionals say print has the power to transform patient care

From easing budgetary pressures to personalising care for chronic conditions, a new study commissioned by Ricoh Europe reveals the disruptive impact new printing technologies are having on European healthcare systems.

Britain at the forefront of new technologies

Britain at the forefront of new technologies

Industry 4.0 is clearly a revolution in the making, with wide-scale implications for businesses, consumers and workers.

How retailers can avoid a red card during the World Cup

How retailers can avoid a red card during the World Cup

By Dean Frew, CTO and Senior VP of RFID Solutions at SML.

Without question a busy retail period is hugely profitable for businesses. In particular, national and international events can present retailers with a number of significant business opportunities such as increased customer engagement, creating jobs for store associates and opportunities to drive sales at an exponential rate.

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