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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Test, test and test some more – The importance of DR testing

Test, test and test some more – The importance of DR testing

By Justin Augat, VP of Marketing at iland. 

With Gartner estimating that the average cost of network downtime is $5,600 per minute or $336,000 per hour, few would argue that regular testing of a robust disaster recovery (DR) plan is essential for organisations.

Covid-19 makes UK manufacturers prime targets for cybercriminals

Covid-19 makes UK manufacturers prime targets for cybercriminals

The ongoing pandemic has created a series of emergencies for UK manufacturers. A combination of rapidly implemented remote working, together with reduced staffing, closures and supply chain disruption led to lost revenue and productivity, with security neglected as business leaders sought to fight the most visibly pressing issues first.

Output stabilises, but manufacturers are less optimistic – CBI SME Trends Survey

Output stabilises, but manufacturers are less optimistic – CBI SME Trends Survey

SME manufacturing output stabilised in the three months to January, but the expectation is for a decline in the coming quarter for the first time since April 2020, according to the CBI’s quarterly SME Trends survey.

Securing resources for your ERP project

Securing resources for your ERP project

Do you want the best talent the organisation has to offer? Following on from the discussion on how to get buy-in to an ERP project, our industry panellists at the last ERP HEADtoHEAD event stressed how important it is to secure the very best talent an organisation has when implementing ERP.

Pandemic drives permanent shift in consumer behaviour

Pandemic drives permanent shift in consumer behaviour

Online only retailers are snapping up failed high street brands – and shutting the door on physical retail. But while customers have moved online, there are still opportunities for traditional retailers – with the right approach and expertise. James Hyde, CEO of James and James Fulfilment, explains how retailers can use outsourced fulfilment, delivery and returns as part of a multi-channel approach that gives customers what they want at home and in store.

Report reveals UK warehousing industries ready to adopt robotics

Report reveals UK warehousing industries ready to adopt robotics

A recent report looking at the state of automation in UK warehousing published by OW Robotics, supplier of flexible automated warehouse solutions, has identified Retail and 3PL as the two sectors that could see strong potential gains from the robot revolution - in both the short and long-term.

New report estimates the amount of money being wasted on unproductive paid search advertising

New report estimates the amount of money being wasted on unproductive paid search advertising

A new research paper from Go Inspire Group has estimated the amount of money currently being wasted by British businesses on unproductive paid search. This waste stems from organisations not having a 360o view of the customer – a critical capability which enables the collection of all sources of customer data.

Dakota interview with Amtico: Ruthlyn Dawkins, Purchasing Manager

Dakota interview with Amtico: Ruthlyn Dawkins, Purchasing Manager

Dakota Integrated Solutions spoke with Ruthlyn Dawkins, Purchasing Manager at Amtico, to find out how Dakota has worked with her and her Team as Amtico’s incumbent label and printing consumables supplier.

Are we at risk of food fraud? Supply chains under strain in Covid-19

Are we at risk of food fraud? Supply chains under strain in Covid-19

Liam Fassam, Head of School of Supply Chain and Logistics Management in Arden University’s Faculty of Business, shares his thoughts on how supply-chain management became the unsung hero of the Covid-19 pandemic response.

International trade body warns over latest COVID counterfeiting scam

International trade body warns over latest COVID counterfeiting scam

News that people are being duped into buying fake COVID tests reinforces the urgent need for manufacturers and law enforcement agencies to step up investment in anti-counterfeiting measures including product security devices, warns an international trade body.

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