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Manufacturers' worst year still leaves reason for optimism in 2010
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2009 will go down as a year manufacturers in the U.S. and across the globe will want to forget, with its dramatically falling output and capacity utilization. While the statistics show the sad but true tale, the good news is that overall the economic indicators are pointing up -- in some cases strongly so -- and 2010 could in fact be a year of relatively strong recovery for the manufacturing sector. The recession in fact started sometime in 2008, and it was taken to the next level by the dramatic collapse of the financial system in September of that year, leading to the dismal 2009. More




Report outlines material handling growth areas
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Globalization is driving the development of more efficient material handling technologies, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan's Technical Insights research group. The most common trend, according to the report, "Advances in Material Handling Systems," is to build material handling equipment that is smaller yet smarter. In addition, collaboration among multiple companies has increased along with integrated supply chains and concurrent movement of goods and information. More


U.S. manufacturing picks up steam
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U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in almost four years, reinforcing the growing belief that a global economic recovery is under way and perhaps breathing new life into global supply chain activity. The Institute for Supply Management's factory index rose to 55.9 -- the highest level since April 2006, according to the Tempe, Ariz.-based group. A reading greater than "50" signals expansion. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the eighth consecutive month, according to the supply executives surveyed by ISM. More


Logistics News: What drives diesel pricing?
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Fuel costs, specifically diesel prices, are a substantial part of overall transportation expense, which shippers learned painfully as rates and fuel surcharges rose dramatically in the 2006 to mid-2008 period. But what really drives diesel price levels? Those who have been in the industry for a while know that historically "spot" gasoline prices have been higher per gallon than for diesel; however, that relationship is dynamic. During the period of 1994 to 2004, gasoline was more expensive 61 percent of the time. When diesel did go higher than gas, it sometimes did so dramatically: in early 2000, diesel briefly rose to levels 75 percent more expensive than gas, for example. More


Happy 25th Birthday DCA!!
Team DCA -- the Distribution Centers of America (DCA) celebrates 25 years of regional service excellence throughout its national network of distribution/warehouse companies.

DCA members comprise more than 20 million square feet of warehouse space. Individually owned and operated, each member of TeamDCA is a leader in its regional market, providing value-added warehousing and third party logistics services responsive to the needs of domestic and global companies. TeamDCA members are committed to customer success in that region. For more information, or to request a quote for service visit www.TEAMDCA.com.
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Distribution center shows supply chain, green go together
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From design to construction, a giant warehouse has been environmentally responsible from the outset. In addition to its "green building" awards, it has saved its owner a bundle. It's generally a good thing to practice what you preach. And if you're in the business of making environmentally friendly cleaning products, your distribution center also should be green in every way. More


Energy lab evaluates delivery vans with 28 percent fuel savings
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The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has collected and analyzed fuel economy, maintenance and other vehicle performance data from UPS's first generation hybrid diesel step delivery vans powered by an Eaton Corp. hybrid-electric propulsion system. The diesel hybrid delivery vans improved the on-road fuel economy by 28.9 percent resulting in a 15 percent improvement in total cost per mile while maintaining similar reliability and operational performance as compared to conventional vehicles. Funded by the DOE's Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity, NREL's Fleet Test & Evaluation team performed a 12-month evaluation of six of these hybrid vans at a UPS location in Phoenix. More


Lydall Transport is now CrossGlobe
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Tylenol recall points to pallets
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Packaging took a punch to the gut during the holiday season when television news reports noted that some consumers had reported a "musty" smell and gastrointestinal problems from McNeil Consumer Healthcare's Tylenol Arthritis Pain caplets. In-Pharma Technologist.com reports that McNeil has recalled all lots of 100-count bottles, attributing the odor to "trace amounts of 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, a chemical used to treat the wooden pallets that transport and store the drug's packaging." On its Tylenol Web site, McNeil points out that it is implementing the recall as a precaution. The site provides refund/replacement and further information. More


My Freight World/Anything Brands Online announces letter of intent to acquire CheapOnlineShipping.com
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Michael Head, CEO of My Freight World/Anything Brands Online, announced Jan. 4 that the company has signed a letter of intent to acquire CheapOnlineShipping.com. The acquisition is expected to add $5 million in revenue with a 9 percent profit margin to My Freight World in 2010, Head said. Documents to complete the definitive agreement are in the final stages with execution expected by mid-January. More
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Cass freight index declines in December
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A key monthly index of U.S. shipping activity declined in December after rallying the month before. The index, published by freight audit and payment firm Cass Information Systems, is based on the expenditures and shipments of Cass's clients. In December, the freight expenditure index came in at 1.528, down from 1.596 in November but up from 1.517 in October. The shipment index came in at 0.919, down from 0.947 in November and 0.921 in October. Thomas Zygmunt, who manages the index for Cass, said the December figures are more the norm than the exception because shipping activity and spending generally trail off in December because store shelves already are stocked with holiday merchandise. More


As one of the 50 best careers of 2010, logistician should have strong growth throughout the next decade
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There's an old saying in the military: Amateurs talk tactics; professionals talk logistics. It's now true in business as well. Merchandise moves seamlessly -- and speedily -- between continents these days, and logisticians are the unsung heroes of global commerce. They're the ones who manage the supply chain that includes all the raw materials that go into a finished product. They also oversee shipping and transportation, distribution to wholesalers or retailers, warehousing, and the just-in-time delivery that helps minimize costs and maximize productivity. More
Vocollect, #1 in the Business of Voice
Vocollect, Inc. is the number one provider of voice solutions for mobile associates worldwide, helping customers achieve a higher level of business performance through voice. Every day Vocollect enables over 250,000 associates worldwide to distribute more than $2 billion dollars worth of goods from distribution centers and warehouses to customer locations. Learn more
SI Systems -- The Order Fulfillment Expert™
SI Systems is a global leader in designing and implementing integrated systems for full and split case picking operations. Combined with our SINTHESIS™ suite of software modules that collectively comprise a complete warehouse control system (WCS), our customers can expect faster, more accurate and more consistent levels of productivity from their operations. More
Your System Integrator for Sorting of Books, Garments, Multi-Media, Post and more
DistriSort Inc offers a wide experience and excellent competence in complete sorting solutions for SINGLE items in products such as: Books, Garments, Music + Multimedia, Shoes, Small Parcels, Flyers, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics. Our control systems are developed in house (DistriSoft®) and control all aspects of the sorting system, including the sorter, scanners, induction belts, supply and dispatch conveyors and special machines. More
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