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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New robotics: Shifting business models

New robotics: Shifting business models

IDTechEx Research analyses the changing trends in the robotics industry in its report New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Forecasts, Players, as new and emerging firms challenge the norm.

Gartner predicts top 10 global retailers will use real-time in-store pricing by 2025

Gartner predicts top 10 global retailers will use real-time in-store pricing by 2025

Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2025, the top 10 global retailers by revenue will leverage contextualised real-time pricing through mobile applications to manage and adjust in-store prices for customers.

ProGlove to unveil time-saving, ergonomic IoT wearable at ProMat 2019

ProGlove to unveil time-saving, ergonomic IoT wearable at ProMat 2019

Smart, wearable device sales are projected to double worldwide by 2022, according to industry analyst CCS Insight. While many might think of wearables as something for the consumer, one German startup is showing the tremendous potential of wearables to increase efficiency, safety and ease in the workplace on a larger scale. It is now expanding its presence in North America.

Manufacturers may be drawing back from China to ‘safer bet’ Europe, report finds

Manufacturers may be drawing back from China to ‘safer bet’ Europe, report finds

Increased costs and rising political instability may be driving manufacturers to reduce sourcing from China in favour of doing more business with European suppliers, data in a new report suggests.

When is the best time to exercise?

When is the best time to exercise?

As well as being good for our physical health, exercise has a huge potential to enhance our mental health and wellbeing. Regular physical activity naturally boosts mood as the brain releases endorphins which are ‘feel good hormones’, which subsequently can make us work better.

Keeping ahead of the development curve – ERP Special Technology Report - March 2019

Keeping ahead of the development curve – ERP Special Technology Report - March 2019

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke to a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about current trends and areas of development within the world of ERP – including those concerning integration, digital optimisation and the Cloud.

Participants include Panorama Consulting, Frost & Sullivan, Aberdeen Group, Gartner, Epicor, QAD.

Three reasons organisations should adopt biometric security in their print estate

Three reasons organisations should adopt biometric security in their print estate

According to a global study by Quocirca, print is considered a top security issue (66 per cent) for most organisations, second only to cloud-based services.

Driving improved delivery standards in the age of instant gratification

Driving improved delivery standards in the age of instant gratification

By Leigh Moody, UK Managing Director at SOTI.

In today’s increasingly competitive retail landscape, delivery times are becoming a crucial differentiator between brands and often a key factor for consumers when selecting a retailer to purchase a product from.

No Deal contingency plan threatens NI economy, says FTA

No Deal contingency plan threatens NI economy, says FTA

The government’s contingency plans for the Irish border would bring trade to a standstill, according to FTA, the business organisation which speaks for the logistics industry.

Eighty-one per cent of SMEs say digitisation boosts output but many still rely on manual processes

Eighty-one per cent of SMEs say digitisation boosts output but many still rely on manual processes

Eighty-one per cent of decision makers working for small and medium sized businesses that use vehicles believe they could get more jobs done if they could digitise more of their workflow, according to a new study from TomTom Telematics.

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