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Challenges, opportunities for greener supply chain management in high-tech
Infosys Technologies via SupplyChainBrain    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The high-tech industry operates in a competitive environment with a complex and long value chain that has become increasingly dynamic. The changing regulatory and environmental requirements and the push from stakeholder groups for accountability and transparency in practices are a few of the key drivers in this environment. Financial benefits accruing from sustainable practices are other drivers. Thus, the players in the high-tech industry now have embarked on a path toward achieving a "Green Enterprise." They are employing sustainable practices internally as well as externally in collaboration with supply chain partners. However, the road map toward a greener supply chain is full of challenges that each organization has to overcome. More



Turnabout in plastic vs. wood pallet war
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In the ongoing fight between wood and plastic pallet advocates, turnabout is fair play. Plastics user iGPS, among the quickest and most vocal advocates of wooden pallet regulation following Johnson & Johnson's identification of a preservative byproduct as the cause of the musty odor behind the huge Tylenol recall, has filed suit against the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association. The association, says iGPS, is conducting a smear campaign against it. More

Build a better disruption plan
Inside Supply Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
John F. Kennedy once said, "When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity." This interpretation holds true for today's global financial crisis. Even with its hardships and economic "dangers," today's crisis brings new opportunities for supply management professionals to demonstrate their value and develop new approaches to managing risk. As a result, cutting-edge new tools and processes, such as mitigation mapping and supply base profiling, are making their way into the profession. These tools help to proactively identify and manage risk, changing the way supply professionals protect supply lines. More


Vaccines Distributed Using this WMS

With the urgent need for millions of H1N1 vaccines across the United States, this robust warehouse management software (WMS) was exclusively used to manage the distribution of 125 million vaccine doses with 99.99% order accuracy. Find out about that WMS in this case study. 
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10 ways to boost DC performance with cubing/weighing systems
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As anyone who ever has had to gather weight and dimensional data on a pile of packages can attest, dimensioning systems (also known as cubing and weighing systems) can take a lot of the pain out of the process. Instead of wrestling with rulers or tape measures, all the user has to do is place the item or carton onto a cubing device (or in the case of a pallet, within range of a laser-based measuring system), and the rest happens automatically. In many cases, the process takes less than a minute. Not only are these systems speedy; they're also precise. More

How to get value out of your returns
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As businesses gear up for the holiday shopping season, the focus is squarely on stocking shelves. Right now every business is scrambling to meet increased demand and maximize sales. But focusing purely on sales ignores what's just around the corner: the returns season. Just as businesses recover from the post-holiday hangover, the returns will start pouring in. From January to March, returned gifts will inundate the supply chain. To minimize costs, these returns will have to be handled efficiently. Curtis Greve, principal at Greve-Davis consultancy, estimates that retailers and manufacturers lose 7 to 13 percent of sales revenues handling returns each year. This amounts to handling costs of more than $40 billion annually. More

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Material handling making mainstream news
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The mainstream news media are discovering the contribution material handling and logistics technologies are making to the economy. During the holidays I heard a network news reporter credit (or blame) retailers' increasing use of supply chain management software as the reason there are fewer after-Christmas bargains to be had. Looks like purchasing managers at the retail level are getting better at matching their supply to anticipated demand. And last week's Wall Street Journal showed how Crate & Barrel's investment in Kiva robots has helped it avoid the need to quadruple staffing to match an equivalent rise in holiday business. More

Eric Markowitz: Becoming a better leader
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Linda A. Hill has been studying and teaching business leadership for nearly three decades, perhaps longer than many of her MBA students even have been alive. As the chair of Harvard Business School's Leadership Initiative, Hill researches many entrepreneurial issues, including managing cross-organizational relationships, implementing global strategy, emerging markets, innovation, talent management and leadership development. She is the author of "Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership" and "Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader," now available for pre-order on Amazon.com in advance of its January 2011 release. Hill recently sat down with Inc. editors to discuss her latest work. More
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A top challenge for businesses that experience unexpected or seasonal influxes in demand is properly staffing their operations to maximize efficiency and minimize labor costs. To learn how to begin staffing for a more productive supply chain, download our complimentary whitepaper here. For information or to speak with us about your supply chain, visit www.tmsilog.com or call 603.792.2205
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Order picking accounts for 40-60% of an operation's total labor cost. UNEX. Carton Flow systems are dynamic gravity flow units that condense and organize SKU's to increase pick rates by 30% and higher, increase space utilization by 50% and reduce travel time by 40-80% when compared to a static storage system.



John Westerveld: Risk mitigation and rapid response — 2 sides of the same coin
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The heavy snowfall and freezing fog that closed airports and generally disrupted air travel in Europe the week before and during Christmas have me thinking about Donald Rumsfield and supply chain risk management. Why Donald Rumsfield? While speaking about the government of Iraq and weapons of mass destruction in a 2002 press conference, Rumsfeld, who was U.S. Secretary of Defense at the time, noted that there are known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. In other words, there are things we know that we know, things we know that we don't know, and there are things we do not know that we do not know. It's these so-called "known knowns," "known unknowns" and "unknown unknowns" that are at the heart of risk assessment mitigation. More

AIAG members help automakers, suppliers comply with Dodd-Frank Act
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The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 includes new regulations targeting so-called "conflict minerals," minerals that are sourced from unstable regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding countries. The legislation requires publicly traded and electronic companies to submit an annual report outlining what they are doing to ensure that the minerals they're using — tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, in particular — are "conflict-free." That's not an easy task. Manufacturers typically use huge volumes of raw materials sourced from various suppliers. More

Innovation Starts At ProMat® 2011

See and compare solutions for your manufacturing and supply chain operations and network with your peers at ProMat 2011-March 21-24, 2011 in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Discover the best equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest innovations. ProMat 2011 features 700 exhibits and 80 Education Sessions.
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Leadership traits that stress your employees
Refresh Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is no such thing as a perfect leader. No matter how experienced you are, there is always something you can learn about your leadership style that will help strengthen the working relationship between you and your employees. So, even if you have a healthy rapport with your team, don't forget to step back from time to time to ensure you haven't unknowingly developed any the following bad habits. More

Art van Bodegraven and Kenneth B. Ackerman: The art of good supply chain relationships
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It's time to talk turkey about this "relationships" thing. We've been awash in hot air for quite a while, leaving some with the impression that relationships and relationship management are the purview of the sales and marketing folks, as they try to wring more out of key customers. A cor-ollary view has been that relationships are really all about doing the "right" things, making all parties feel good and, with some luck, realizing a few benefits along the way. Rubbish. For openers, 21st century relationships are bigger, bolder and more powerful than anything we saw under the old customer relationship paradigm. More

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John Chiappe: ILC uses sensors, GPS, cellular networks to improve your supply chain
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The lofty promise of RFID technology was that it would revolutionize global supply chains by letting retailers, shippers and other logistics players keep constant tabs on the whereabouts of their products — everything from TVs to clothes to lowly razor blades. That promise hasn't panned out, for a number of reasons. But one of RFID's biggest drawbacks now is being addressed by a new, more sophisticated technology. It's designed for tracking high-value goods — think pharmaceuticals, art, pricey electronics and even food — and adds value by monitoring the goods' condition in transit, not just their location. The new technology is called ILC, which is short for identification, location and condition. More

Wayne Turmel: 'Managing by presence' never worked well; now it's just pointless
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For centuries, managers have "managed by presence": you need to be where the work is to make sure those darned employees are doing it. This never has worked particularly well, but in an age where 80 percent of managers have remote employees who don't work where they do it's just plain futile. But how do managers back off and learn to manage less by presence than by results? We turned to someone who knows this challenge well. Paul Schneider, Ph.D., is a senior product manager with GeoLearning where he develops content and social networking solutions for the clients who use their Learning Management System and enterprise leaning management platforms. More importantly, he's been managing successful virtual teams for years. More



Call the security
LogisticsWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When talking of supply chain security on a broad perspective, one thinks of security of merchandise and non-merchandise inventory, assets, people and data. Breaches of security occur as a result of factors that could be environmental (flood, earthquake or a volcano eruption), industrial (fire or an accident) or organizational (mismanagement, unethical work practices or crooked employees). An industry expert in the retail industry, on condition of anonymity, says, "According to estimates, inventory losses in retail alone in India range from 2 to 6 percent. Most of them are due to lack of or improper supply chain security measures." More

Tanveer Naseer: Are you fitting employee personality into your leadership puzzle?
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Which personality type is best suited for leadership: the extroverted or the introverted? It's a question that surfaces every now and then in discussions on leadership, often with the consensus that while an extrovert would appear to have an easier time leading others, introverts also have unique attributes that prove to be of benefit to those in leadership positions. Now, thanks to a recent study by Adam Grant, Francesca Gino and David Hofmann, we have tangible evidence that there are situations and team makeups where an introverted person would perform far better than an extrovert in the leadership role. More
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