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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Age of uncertainty: UK employees calling out for clarity on employers’ Brexit plans

Age of uncertainty: UK employees calling out for clarity on employers’ Brexit plans

A new Right Management study, Brexit: Age of Uncertainty, reveals the UK workforce’s anxieties as Brexit negotiations unfold. The study, examining the perspectives of employees across the UK in the run up to Brexit*, found just 11% say their organisation has clearly communicated its Brexit plans to employees.

Faster? Smarter? Better? – the delivery race picks up the pace again

Faster? Smarter? Better? – the delivery race picks up the pace again

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch.

There’s no shortage of innovation in the delivery industry and, with the number of parcels despatched annually estimated at around 1.5 billion, there’s clearly demand for faster, smarter, better ways in which to receive the goods we order.

MP urges British industry to digitalise

MP urges British industry to digitalise

The UK is on the precipice of significant industrial disruption and Scottish businesses must be prepared and supported by Government to stay competitive. This was the message shared by Paul Sweeney, Labour and Co-Operative MP for Glasgow North East and Shadow Scotland Minister, as he visited the main office of industrial automation expert Novotek UK and Ireland in Glasgow.

Continuous Testing is growing, but technology and team structures must improve for organisations to gain a competitive advantage

Continuous Testing is growing, but technology and team structures must improve for organisations to gain a competitive advantage

Capgemini and Sogeti, part of the Capgemini Group, has released a new report on Continuous Testing, in collaboration with Broadcom Inc.’s Enterprise Software Division.

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.

Brand is king – Less than one-third of Brits trust influencers for shopping recommendations

Brand is king – Less than one-third of Brits trust influencers for shopping recommendations

New research from IRX reveals that the promotions, advertising and online and in-store experiences offered by brands have more of an impact than online influencer campaigns.

Safety in numbers - The benefits of clustering for manufacturers

Safety in numbers - The benefits of clustering for manufacturers

Emperor penguins huddle together to share warmth and protect each other during the intense winds of the harsh Antarctic storms. Fortunately, it’s not just penguins that can benefit from huddling together. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains why manufacturers form clusters around the world.

The five reasons employees are likely to be absent – and what to do about it

The five reasons employees are likely to be absent – and what to do about it

There are five main reasons why staff are absent from work on a short-term basis and the problem costs employers approximately £107.85 each day, and, overall, about £29bn annually.

B2B ecommerce lagging behind B2C for customer experience

B2B ecommerce lagging behind B2C for customer experience

Poor product visualisation is preventing almost a quarter of B2B customers from making purchases online, according to a new report by full-service e-commerce agency, PushON.

Global study: Majority of organisations plan to digitally transform, yet 84% of businesses stalled by integration challenges

Global study: Majority of organisations plan to digitally transform, yet 84% of businesses stalled by integration challenges

MuleSoft, provider of a platform for building application networks, has announced the findings of the 2019 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the state of IT.

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