Features

The information mine

With investment in business intelligence software set to grow across the manufacturing sector, Malcolm Wheatley finds out how companies can harness the full business benefits of their investment

Changing the tune

Implementing change is one thing – getting it to work and then establish it as part of the company culture is something else again. Ruari McCallion finds out how to make sure change is for the better

Leaning the bean counters

The lean drive can progress well and yet appear to deliver nothing to the bottom line. That doesn’t mean it’s a failure. Malcolm Wheatley explains why traditional accounting fails to reveal lean gains, and demonstrates what lean accounting can show

Green or die

As fuel prices force the world’s airlines to put planes into cold storage, John Dwyer examines the new urgency behind the development of clean flying machines

The China syndrome

China has evolved at breakneck speed from a source of low-cost components and products to one of the world’s fastest-growing and most important markets. Ruari McCallion tracks the changing landscape of opportunities and challenges

Green logistics

Efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the supply chain are not just cosmetic. Debbie Giggle finds that rethinking packaging, consolidating logistics and reviewing the logic behind long distance shipping are delivering significant cost benefits

A fishy tail

With supermarkets and consumers becoming increasingly demanding, Brian Davis examines how close the two way dialogue between the retailer, the manufacturer and the supply chain really is, and the role IT is playing in facilitating this