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2 Techniques for Better Manufacturing Inventory Management

Manufacturing inventory management can be difficult because of the vast number of processes and materials that go into making a final product. For those managing inventory, it is important to understand the different types of inventory and how to best manage them in order to keep excess costs down and to deliver products on time. […] ... Read More

  September 14, 2018     

Freeing up Manufacturing Inventory with Decoupling

Production lines and interdependent process stages can be a nightmare for manufacturing inventory management but understanding the use of management techniques such as decoupling inventory can ease the load in various stages of production. Decoupling inventory acts as a buffer against breakdowns in machine production rates that would prevent the ne ... Read More

  September 13, 2018     

7 Steps to Greening Your Supply Chain

Sustainability is a common theme in business these days, yet many companies have little real understanding of the sustainability impacts of their supply chain. Being green is more than simply reducing waste, energy and water consumption or lessening your environmental impact when producing a specific item of inventory stock. The concept of a sustai ... Read More

  August 16, 2018     

How Can You Optimise Your Supply Chain?

Optimising the supply chain for efficiency can result in a reduction of costs by as much as 10 to 40%. But how do you go about creating an efficient supply chain? In this article we look at some actions to implement to build an efficient supply chain for your business. Automate your purchasing activities Small […] ... Read More

  August 14, 2018     

How Can Manufacturers Navigate eCommerce?

eCommerce essentially describes commerce that is conducted virtually, where its very core is mobility, accessibility and convenience. Studies have shown that B2B eCommerce sales are ever-increasing. How can manufacturers embrace this new purchasing trend to optimise sales and increase profits? Get to know your buyer The B2B buyer has changed in rec ... Read More

  July 17, 2018     

Automating the UK Manufacturing Industry

The UK is one of the most advanced nations of the developed world in many areas of industry, however there are mixed reports available on their advancement through automation in the manufacturing industry. In this review, we consider the state of automation for British manufacturers. How automatic is their automation? Automation does not come very ... Read More

  June 13, 2018     

Sustainability Improvements for Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is changing and new trends are shifting the way manufacturing companies operate their facilities. In addition, manufacturing companies are looking to become more sustainable in their operations. There are a variety of ways that the inventory manufacturing industry can welcome sustainability, for example looking at their p ... Read More

  June 8, 2018     

Too Much Inventory In Your Manufacturing Warehouse?

Excess inventory in manufacturers warehouse can be a difficult problem. In recent reports, up to 15% of all goods are either returned, or never sold to begin with. As a result, a large amount of these goods end back with the manufacturer. This has flow on effects of increased warehousing costs, as at least 15% […] ... Read More

  June 5, 2018     

What You Should Know About Seasonal Budgeting

Any business experiences highs and lows, although some businesses experience those fluctuations more than others. Some businesses are highly dynamic because they are poorly managed, but for most businesses the main culprit is seasonality. In the small business context, seasonality refers to fluctuations in some of the main business metrics (sales, ... Read More

  June 2, 2018     

Manufacturers, Clear Out Your Excess Inventory!

As it comes time to declutter and reorganise your production line, assessing your manufacturing inventory management habits should be a top priority to reduce future excess inventory and ensure your business is running at its full potential. However, if you have redundant stock you still need to clear out, here are some tips on dealing […] ... Read More

  June 1, 2018     

What Does Manufacturing Sustainably Mean?

In an increasingly eco-conscious environment, manufacturers are increasingly accepting the need to adopt sustainable manufacturing practices. To many manufacturers, a greater focus on sustainability is an unavoidable cost; something that needs to be worked into the bottom line. But for savvy firms, sustainability is an opportunity to reduce waste a ... Read More

  May 19, 2018     

A Time of Risk and Opportunity: Brexit’s Impact on UK Manufacturers

It’s little secret that the manufacturing sector in the United Kingdom has been in a state of decline. Unfortunately for manufacturers in the UK, Brexit brings with it a heightened sense of risk. Britain’s European Union membership currently gives UK manufacturers open access to the lucrative European Union market as well as access to further [ ... Read More

  May 18, 2018     

The Five R’s of Sustainable Manufacturing

Sustainability is possibly one of the most critical challenges of the 21st century. The concept of sustainability has in the past, only been associated with the environment and impacts on natural resources. The real value of sustainability is in the management of a combination of economic, environmental, social, cultural, human and knowledge capita ... Read More

  May 12, 2018     

Examining the Brexit Effect on UK Manufacturers

As the United Kingdom gets set to vacate the European Union (EU), one of the primary concerns for UK manufacturers is how the government’s post-Brexit arrangements will affect trade, output and supply chain security. It is anticipated that Brexit will lead to a decline in both trade and output, affecting the stability of some 50,000 [… ... Read More

  May 12, 2018     

The State of Automation in UK Manufacturing

Since the unveiling of Henry Ford’s moving assembly line in 1913, automation has driven greater efficiencies within manufacturing. The continuous flow production methods developed at Ford’s Michigan Plant changed the way manufacturing inventory components and finished goods were assembled. Today, digital solutions and automation are forcing a t ... Read More

  May 12, 2018     

World Wide Web Wednesday #31

Whether you need some lunch time reads or something to get you past hump day, we’ve curated five links you’ll enjoy! AI Contributes to Saving Zebras from Extinction In Kenya, wildlife scientists are on a mission to save zebras from going extinct. With the help of artificial intelligence, professor Tanya Berger-Wolf helped create Wildbook, a [&h ... Read More

  May 9, 2018     

See you at the Naturally Good Business Summit!

The Naturally Good Business Summit is back again this year. Unleashed Software is excited to be sponsoring this event so whether you’re a startup or an established business, the Naturally Good Business Summit will fuel strategic thinking and teach the essential growth strategies for brands, manufacturers and distributors. Unleashed Software will ... Read More

  April 26, 2018     

Can Software Solve the Manufacturing Skills Shortage?

Bristol, UK UK manufacturers have benefited from an export boom in recent years, taking advantage of stronger exchange rates following the BREXIT vote in June 2016. However, there is growing concern that skill shortages pose a major threat to the sector’s prospects. With manufacturing currently making up around 10% of the UK economy, it’s no [& ... Read More

  April 25, 2018     

Achieving Sustainability in the Supply Chain

As there is a general shift towards lessening our carbon footprints and becoming more environmentally friendly, there is a growing pressure on industries to focus on their level of environmental, social, and economic impact. When it comes to manufacturing inventory, sustainability has become a buzzword for enticing customers to purchase your produc ... Read More

  April 24, 2018     

The Role of Cloud-Based Software in a Manufacturing Business

Cloud computing is the way the business world is heading and the manufacturing sector is no different. More and more companies are seeking the benefits cloud computing provides and realising its increasing potential to facilitate more efficient business transactions. Firstly, let us consider what cloud-based software actually is. It is essentially ... Read More

  April 20, 2018     

The Importance and Benefits of a Manufacturing Bill of Materials

The Manufacturing Bill of Materials (MBOM) is vital to the correct manufacture and/or assembly of product. Perhaps it is easier to view this document as a recipe that states exactly what should components a manufacturer needs and in what quantities. What exactly is an MBOM and are there other types of bills of materials that […] ... Read More

  April 19, 2018     

Putting Two and Two Together: Manufacturing Inventory Management and Quality Control

When it comes to quality control as a manufacturer, it’s important to remember the role inventory management has on your ability to moderate quality. In terms of running a business, your aim will be to make quality products that will sell, with as little waste as possible. This makes sense because wasted product is quite […] ... Read More

  April 18, 2018