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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UK manufacturing exports hit record low in Q2 2020

UK manufacturing exports hit record low in Q2 2020

UK manufacturing exports fell sharply in Q2 2020, according to the Lloyds Bank International Trade Index.

Nexus Global reveals the current business confidence levels of the manufacturing, construction and engineering sector

Nexus Global reveals the current business confidence levels of the manufacturing, construction and engineering sector

The covid-19 pandemic has thrown drastic obstacles in the way for UK businesses. With the manufacturing, construction, and engineering sector having a total business confidence score of 92.23 out of a total of 190, these figures show just how uncertain businesses feel at present - according to a new, Business Confidence Report by Nexus Global.   

The last mile of logistics: Will we soon be getting parcels from a robot courier?

The last mile of logistics: Will we soon be getting parcels from a robot courier?

CEP service providers face major challenges. Firstly, they have to cope with the high volume of orders, which – driven by e-commerce – is constantly increasing.

Make UK call out to manufacturers to create the next generation of innovators with Government apprenticeship giveaway

Make UK call out to manufacturers to create the next generation of innovators with Government apprenticeship giveaway

From August 1st the Government will pay employers £2,000 for every new apprentice aged 18-24 they take into their business to train in the latest skills and technologies available in manufacturing. And there is a £1,500 bonus for companies which hire apprentices aged 25 and over.

Retail sales claw back to normal levels, but ParcelHero warns stores not to celebrate yet: 31.8% of those sales were made online

Retail sales claw back to normal levels, but ParcelHero warns stores not to celebrate yet: 31.8% of those sales were made online

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) retail sales figures for June showed sales soared by over 13% compared to May, to reach near-normal levels. Indeed, with fuel sales excluded, they actually beat June 2019’s figures by 1.5%.

Combatting empty shelf syndrome: Keeping grocery shelves stocked in the midst of crisis

Combatting empty shelf syndrome: Keeping grocery shelves stocked in the midst of crisis

Businesses across every industry have faced unparalleled disruption to their operations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the retail sector, we saw shelves across the globe being repeatedly stripped bare during the early days of the crisis, as supply chains that simply weren’t geared-up to deal with such sudden and dramatic changes in buying behaviour struggled to keep up during the first stages of the crisis.

Safety first in a post COVID-19 landscape

Safety first in a post COVID-19 landscape

COVID-19 has had a profound effect on our lives but what will be required to protect people in the warehouse workplace as we ease out of lockdown. Jim Roberts, product manager of visual communications specialists Beaverswood offers some insight.

Digital technologies major cause for sweeping transformation across industries, says GlobalData

Digital technologies major cause for sweeping transformation across industries, says GlobalData

Digital technologies are increasingly exerting pressure on incumbents across industries to fundamentally reconsider their business models while giving rise to smaller, agile players that are enabling innovation and disruption in many aspects of the business, says GlobalData, the data and analytics company.

Gartner survey reveals 17% of chief supply chain officers are women

Gartner survey reveals 17% of chief supply chain officers are women

While supply chain organisations deal with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, they still pursue gender equality goals. According to Gartner, Inc.’s 2020 Women in Supply Chain Survey among 177 supply chain professionals, 17% of chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) are now women – a 6% increase compared to 2019 and the highest rate since the first edition of the survey in 2016.

Chip manufacturing equipment spending to hit record high $70 billion in 2021 after strong 2020, SEMI reports

Chip manufacturing equipment spending to hit record high $70 billion in 2021 after strong 2020, SEMI reports

Global sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment by original equipment manufacturers are projected to increase six percent to US$63.2 billion in 2020 compared to $59.6 billion in 2019 before logging record high revenue of $70 billion in 2021 on the strength of double-digit growth, SEMI announced today in releasing its Mid-Year Total Semiconductor Equipment Forecast – OEM Perspective at the annual SEMICON West exposition.

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