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When benefits are there, why don't more companies use RFID tagging?
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RFID is still in its early adoption stage, so should an organization consider devising a strategy to implement RFID? The logical question is "what are the benefits?" APQC's research on RFID tagging strategies found the most frequently cited benefit was improved distribution processes. Working with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, APQC is able to bring additional information to light on the question of the benefits of RFID. Research co-sponsored by CSCMP, the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association and the University of Arkansas found that RFID used at the pallet and case level shows benefits in reduced stockouts and improved inventory accuracy, which is one of the keys to an efficient and effective supply chain. More



US-Canada supply chain to be strengthened
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U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a joint statement reconfirming their support of new and existing trade initiatives. "Beyond the Border:
 A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness," released recently noted that the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreements need to be extended and strengthened. More than $250 billion of direct investment by each country in the other, and bilateral trade of more than half-a-trillion dollars a year in goods and services create and sustain millions of jobs in both our countries, Obama said. "At the U.S.-Canada border, nearly $1 million in goods and services cross every minute, as well as 300,000 people every day." More

Warehousing 3PLs expand their transportation functions
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The boundaries defining U.S. value-added warehousing get fuzzier. The major 3PLs in the contract warehousing market continue to expand their transportation functionality to better match broader customer needs. As a result, all of the major players now have expanded transportation services, which add significantly to their value-added warehousing capability. More

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Do your leaders practice what they preach?
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It isn't enough anymore for companies to "say" they support an issue. To be publicly perceived as really making a difference, companies — and their employees — must fully engage their support. Successful leaders, in particular, must be engaged in thoughtful public dialogue regarding the key issues and challenges facing their organizations. Take, for example, the president and CEO of GE Water & Process Technologies, Heiner Markhoff. Heiner recognizes the threat that faces our world's water supply. Currently, 1 in every 6 people doesn't have access to clean water — and the problem is only getting worse. More

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KPMG: Cost still biggest supply chain issue
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Despite emerging evidence focusing only on cost has damaged relationships, leading industrial companies still see cost as their main priority when managing supply chains. This is one of the conclusions from the KPMG International survey, Global Manufacturing Outlook Relationships, Risk and Reach, where nearly 200 senior-level executives from across North America, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific were polled. Cost was still the first priority among 66 percent of respondents, and China remains the most common sourcing location among 35 percent. However, Andrew Williams, Asia Pacific head of Diversified Industrials for KPMG, strikes a cautionary note. "Those businesses that continue to follow the traditional 'low cost or bust' models in supply chain management are at risk of losing a foothold in the market," he says. More

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A simple way to manage your time
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William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, once said, "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." And with the plethora of time management tools and books on the market today, it's hard to disagree with that statement. So, what is your preferred time management system? Do you favor a more traditional approach, such as the tried-and-true though laborious Franklin Planner? Or do you prefer something more high tech and mobile that you manage from your smart phone? Regardless of what system you use to manage your time, successful time management boils down to three things. More
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The priority of the chief supply chain officer is strategic supply chain planning
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The chief supply chain officer's role provides a way for the supply chain to earn a place in the board room and drive strategic decision making. The CSCO has emerged as a key stakeholder in the company to make supply chain transformation happen. Supply chain planning is an important approach for CSCOs to create value for their enterprise. In fact, 86 percent of respondents indicate that their management team has asked them to review the supply chain process in order to find opportunities to improve their company's supply chain planning processes, and 71 percent of respondents have indicated the same for supply chain technology improvement. More

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Adam Leach: Supply chains need cross-functional expertise
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A lack of cross-functional expertise across company departments is the biggest issue preventing supply chain executives transform their supply network in 2011. That was one of the key findings of research by SCM World which surveyed more than 400 supply chain directors. The majority said they believe this to be the case. The Supply Chain Predictions for 2011 survey, showed a significant proportion of respondents feel their companies are suffering from a "business-as-usual" approach where they prefer to maintain the status quo than pursue innovation and development. More

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How to give feedback that works
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Every manager (and parent) knows that constructive feedback is key to improving performance. But what makes the feedback most effective? It turns out timing is almost everything. A study by Todd Thornock, an accounting professor at the University of Texas' McCombs School of Business, found that giving people feedback after a "short delay" — shortly after they completed a task — actually improved performance more than offering up the same feedback immediately. Wait too long, though, and the feedback again becomes useless. More

Time to drop dad's WMS?
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Despite the political unrest in the headlines lately, it's nice to see that our economy seems to continue its recovery unabated. Just watching what happens in the material handling and logistics sector is exciting. ERP Analyst Michael Koploy shares my excitement, particularly about trends in the warehouse management system sector. He alerted me to a market analysis he posted, stating that projects that have long been postponed now are getting put back on the front burners. This is particularly the case among small and medium companies, he says. He cites Terry Harris, managing partner at Chicago Consulting, as his source. More



Supply chain doubts grow
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Even before the unrest in North Africa began to spread around the region, causing oil prices to spike among other economic effects, supply chain managers who took part in a survey on supply chain risk indicated they were uneasy at best about what the next year would hold. More than 60 percent of the respondents to the survey conducted by the Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium said they had a higher degree of uncertainty about future risk than they did one or two years ago, while another quarter said they viewed risk much the same way as they had in the past. And the larger the company, the greater the level of doubt. More

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Too little sleep: The new performance killer
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As we all work longer and longer hours, take less vacation and work through the weekend, we may assume we're being heroic or virtuous. The truth is we're not; new research shows we're stupid. Quite literally. Missing just one night's sleep has a noticeable effect on the brain's ability to function, as Dardo Tomasi and his colleagues at the Brookhaven National Laboratory discovered when they took 14 healthy, non-smoking, right-handed men and made half of them stay awake through the night. In the morning, both rested and groggy subjects were put through a serious of tests that involved tracking 10balls on a screen. As they completed the tests, an MRI scanner took pictures of their brains to see how the rested brain differed from the one that was deprived of sleep. They found that the sleepier the subjects, the lower their accuracy in the tests. More



Making sure your employees succeed
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It's common knowledge that helping employees set and reach goals is a critical part of every manager's job. Employees want to see how their work contributes to larger corporate objectives, and setting the right targets makes this connection explicit for them — and for you as their manager. Goal-setting is particularly important as a mechanism for providing ongoing and year-end feedback. By establishing and monitoring targets, you can give your employees real-time input on their performance while motivating them to achieve more. More

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When it comes to calculating procurement savings, many roads lead to the same goal
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Only one insight is clear from the latest data from CAPS Research on procurement savings measurement: There are about as many answers as there are companies. CAPS Research is an arm of the Institute for Supply Management (of the Purchasing Managers Index fame), which in turn is a arm of Arizona State University. CAPS periodically releases benchmark and topical research on procurement/purchasing subjects. In January, CAPS released a new benchmark report on corporate approaches to measuring savings from procurement. More
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