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    How warehousing will cope with 2012
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Leaders in the warehouse-based third-party logistics business in general are encouraged about the prospects for the economy and their industry in 2012, even if their optimism is tempered by the knowledge that events could prove those predictions wrong. Although the industry has enjoyed the beginnings of a slow economic recovery from the 2008 crash, the financial crisis in Europe and the regulatory environment here at home make those who head warehouse firms wary. That tends to dampen job growth in the industry. More

    Keys to Boosting Labor Productivity

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    Contingency planning: 10 good ways to keep a supply chain from going bad
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Keeping the maintenance parts supply chain intact is key to protecting any manufacturer's reason for being. These strategies will help ensure that integrity. More

    Telling the logistics story
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Peter Bradley writes, "I don't know how often I've had conversations with folks in the logistics and supply chain professions who've related some version of what I call the 'cocktail party exchange.' Amid the usual small talk, someone asks what you do for a living, and you mention logistics or material handling, or transportation, or supply chains, and the response is a puzzled look and a follow-up question on what exactly that's all about. The short answer might be to invite your interlocutor to look around." More

    A Good 3PL Relationship Takes the Risk Out of Outsourcing
    Outsourcing is often perceived as dangerous by companies that have never outsourced. Establishing a strong, respectful 3PL relationship takes the fear out of outsourcing. To learn how to begin outsourcing without fear, 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. more


    2012 supply chain industry predictions
    Industry Leaders Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For surviving in the supply chain industry and achieving success in the overburdening competition of 2012, the industry leaders will have to take care of a few things. Here are a few predictions for 2012 by supply chain industry leaders. More

    Decriminalize the pallets in your supply chain
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tom Andel writes, "When prosecutors look for ways to build a solid case against a criminal, drugs and guns found at a crime scene usually grab their attention. But there's another piece of evidence that often goes unnoticed at the outset of a case: pallets. I'm talking about plastic pallets. As the value of plastics continues to rise, so does the theft of not only pallets, but reusable plastic containers, as well. Consider the following numbers associated with theft of plastic assets." More

    Selecting Mobile Computing Solutions with Confidence

    Learn how to increase your ROI on your mobile computing purchase by downloading this complimentary white paper "Top 5 Tips for Choosing Mobile Computers."
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    Executives concerned about leadership shortage
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    How will your company find the leadership talent it needs to retain its competitive edge? Unfortunately, the search may be more difficult than you realize. Results from a new study by Deloitte indicate there's both a growing shortage of executive leadership and evolving regional differences in talent needs around the globe. Consequently, organizations are going to have to invest more in talent priorities and initiatives in order to find the appropriate executive leadership required for continued success. The following are a few key findings from Deloitte's new report, "Talent Edge 2020: Redrafting Talent Strategies for the Uneven Recovery." More

    Man vs. machine, a jobless recovery
    The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In no other U.S. recovery since World War II have companies been simultaneously faster to boost spending on machines and software, while slower to add people to run them. Part of this is the old story of substituting capital for labor. But a combination of temporary tax breaks that allowed companies in 2011 to write off 100 percent of investments in the first year and historically low short- and long-term interest rates have pushed that process into overdrive. Hiring, meanwhile, is too slow to bring the unemployment rate down rapidly. Employers have added workers at a monthly rate of 142,000 for the past six months, half the pace needed to significantly reduce unemployment, which is now at 8.5 percent. More



    Obama calls for tax breaks to return jobs from abroad
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    President Barack Obama said recently that he would propose tax incentives for companies to bring home manufacturing jobs they had moved overseas, and curtail tax breaks for those that keep relocating jobs abroad. Flanked by executives from the aerospace, chemical and furniture industries — all of whom are building or expanding factories in the United States — Obama declared that the nation was beginning to see the reversal of a long-term trend toward outsourcing. He called the new trend, perhaps inevitably, "insourcing." More

    Ameya Logistics uses RFID to add efficiency, value to its freight yard
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Ameya Logistics has been employing an RFID-based freight-container tracking solution that it designed and co-developed, and has been sharing data collected by the system with its customers, in order to enable them to locate their containers stored at Ameya's container freight station, at any time, via the Internet or on a mobile phone using SMS text messaging. The system — which tracks each container's whereabouts via an ultrahigh-frequency EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tag — benefits both Ameya Logistics and its customers, by helping the company know each container's location within its yard, as well as which empty slots are available for newly arrived containers. More
    Boost Profitability with Lean Process Improvements
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    End-to-End Fulfillment Systems
    Cornerstone Automation Systems offers order picking systems and a full line of technologies to automate order fulfillment requirements, ranging from operator assisted to fully automatic fulfillment. CASI builds turnkey systems to optimize end-to-end fulfillment including receiving, putaway, picking, shipping, and sortation.
    Convert Pallet Rack into Carton Flow
    Span-Track carton flow track by UNEX ‘drops-in’ to any new or existing pallet rack structure. Convert static storage into dynamic order-picking modules. Span-Track’s full width roller provides more contact surface than any other carton flow to deliver superior flow with product always at the pick point. Request a free sample…



    Did major supply chain disruptions from natural disasters in 2011 really change approach to supply chain risk management?
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    2011 was an important year in the science of supply chain risk management, due to a couple of major natural disasters that had a significant impact on supply chain performance. First was the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan in March of last year, which apart from the human suffering caused major supply chain disruptions across many sectors — with many companies caught by surprise. The automotive supply chain, especially for Japanese OEMs Toyota and Honda,took the biggest wallop, with parts supplies extremely constrained for months, and production and sales levels way down as a result. More

    Sensors track consumer goods bound for troops in Afghanistan
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Transportation and logistics services provider American President Lines and its customer, the Exchange, are utilizing a wireless sensor solution to track and monitor cargo containers' location and status (open or closed) during transit, in order to combat the theft or diversion of containers carrying goods to U.S. forces stationed in Afghanistan. The Container Tracking and Monitoring Solution was provided by Cubic Global Tracking Solutions. More

    Opportunities missed in supply chain efficiency
    Supply Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Manufacturers have overlooked the impact supply chain efficiencies can have on overall profitability, according to DHL. The Engineering & Manufacturing Supply Chain Survey 2011, found that just 54 percent believe supply chain efficiencies can make a positive contribution to their business' bottom line. In addition, the report, which surveyed 120 senior supply chain managers, found that more than a fifth believed the inbound procurement and sourcing function at their company needed to be improved. More

    Don't Miss MODEXSM 2012

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    Amazon to open 1 million-square-foot DC in South Carolina
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    E-commerce titan Amazon.com has announced it will open a 1 million-square-foot distribution center this fall in South Carolina's Spartanburg County, making it the company's second facility in the state. More

    Water risk in supply chains draws investor scrutiny
    Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    With the world's population expected to grow from 7 billion today to 10 billion by the end of the century, and the need for fresh water increasing twice as fast as a larger middle class emerges in the developing world, the competition for scarce water resources is unprecedented. "It's not just running out of the water you need to run your plant," says Rob Kimball, program coordinator for World Resources Institute's Aqueduct program. "It can show up in your supply chain — no water for crops or for shipping your products or for the power plants you rely on. If you're not ahead of this, you are going to get surprised." More

    Why appreciation matters so much
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tony Schwartz writes, "I've just returned from an off-site with our team at The Energy Project. As we concluded, I asked each person to take a few moments to say what he or she felt most proud of accomplishing over the past year. After each of their brief recountings, I added some observations about what I appreciated in that person. Before long, others were chiming in. The positive energy was contagious, but it's not something we can ever take for granted. Whatever else each of us derives from our work, there may be nothing more precious than the feeling that we truly matter — that we contribute unique value to the whole, and that we're recognized for it." More
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