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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95% of FMCG retailers say inventory optimisation is top priority for 2021

95% of FMCG retailers say inventory optimisation is top priority for 2021

Symphony RetailAI, the provider of integrated AI-enabled marketing, merchandising and supply chain solutions for FMCG retailers and manufacturers, has announced findings from its Category Planning & Assortment Optimisation Executive Survey, conducted in partnership with Incisiv. 

Half of manufacturing business leaders resistant to digital progress

Half of manufacturing business leaders resistant to digital progress

Outdated attitudes towards technology among senior business leaders are at risk of jeopardising future business survival, new research has found.

Manufacturing firms losing top talent due to poor mental wellbeing support

Manufacturing firms losing top talent due to poor mental wellbeing support

More than a third of manufacturing companies in the UK have seen an employee move on because their mental wellbeing wasn’t being looked after, with nearly a quarter losing a key member of their workforce, according to new research from not-for-profit healthcare provider, Benenden Health.

Manufacturing PMI: Brexit is biting, government needs to act now – MHA comments

Manufacturing PMI: Brexit is biting, government needs to act now – MHA comments

Following the release of the UK manufacturing PMI, Chris Barlow, Head of Manufacturing at MHA, says the government needs a new policy with a focus on funding, skills and innovation to support UK manufacturers adjust to Brexit:

Act small, think big: the rise of convenience stores

Act small, think big: the rise of convenience stores

By Alex MacPherson, Director of Solution Consulting & Account Management, Manhattan Associates.

The trend of ‘shopping local’ has risen steadily over the last few years, due in part to the increase in the number of convenience stores in various locations across the UK.

Shutting out hackers as retailers harvest more data in the e-commerce boom

Shutting out hackers as retailers harvest more data in the e-commerce boom

Retailers are handling increasing amounts of customer data as they bolster online operations. Lewis Johnstone, products and solutions specialist at Brother UK, outlines how firms can keep this data secure by shutting an overlooked back door into networks through insufficient print security.

Tech salaries in the manufacturing sector lag behind the top paying industries by as much as 20%, global tech survey reveals

Tech salaries in the manufacturing sector lag behind the top paying industries by as much as 20%, global tech survey reveals

Tech salaries across the manufacturing industry are lagging behind top paying business sectors by as much as 20%, according to a global survey* of more than 15,000 developers and tech recruiters conducted by developer recruitment platform CodinGame.

SFP launches Guide to Business Survival to support manufacturing businesses

SFP launches Guide to Business Survival to support manufacturing businesses

SFP, the restructuring and turnaround group, has published a new free Guide to Business Survival with easy to follow practical steps which includes a number of remedies to help manufacturing businesses navigate through the current crisis.

Technology adoption by manufacturers driving demand for digital skills

Technology adoption by manufacturers driving demand for digital skills

SME manufacturers joining the Industry 4.0 revolution are driving up the demand for data science and software engineering skills, according to Made Smarter, the movement helping businesses grow through technology adoption.

As pressure grows on warehousing, fine tuning motion control will be key to deliver

As pressure grows on warehousing, fine tuning motion control will be key to deliver

In the wake of COVID-19, an increasing number of logistics professionals are considering new automation technologies in warehouses to improve efficiency and respond to market demands. However, improving control of existing systems is just as important. Stephen Hayes, managing director of industrial automation specialist Beckhoff UK, looks at technologies, old and new, that are driving warehouse efficiency.

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