Post-recession manufacturing demands agile, responsive and highly efficient businesses. John Stephens discusses with Craig Such of Access the scenarios where ERP systems have pulled companies through the downturn, helping to fix some growth pains including varying order profiles and retaining full-time staff to help with IT system implementation.
Provisions made by the previous government to allow additional paternity leave to expecting fathers, are about to come into effect and commitment to further change has been made by the current administration. But what will the changes mean for manufacturing’s male dominated businesses?
The benefits of aligning lean thinking with green intentions are touted by some practitioners and consultants as a new paradigm for lean and green success. Proponents of the pairing argue that the combination will extend all boundaries previously considered possible for each alone. But to what extent is this simply lobbying from green activists who want to see environmental considerations pushed higher up the corporate agenda?