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Systems Logic, the pioneers of Visual Logistics take their turnkey WMS solution on a coast to coast tour.

Learn how Systems Logic helped D+S Distribution (Wooster, OH) go paperless, reduce administrative costs by 60%, and achieve an inventory accuracy of over 99.993%, in under 4 months!
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Loaded issue: Pallet makers sling mud over who's greenest
The Wall Street Journal    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The allegations are neatly stacked. On one side, the wooden-pallet industry. On the other, plastic-pallet makers. The two camps — part of a $10 billion-plus industry for makers of portable platforms that are used to transport products from warehouse to store — are feuding over which is greener. Intelligent Global Pooling Systems Inc., a plastic-pallet company in Orlando, Fla., is suing the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association in federal court in Dallas. Intelligent Global Pooling alleges the "attack dog" trade group mounted an unsuccessful "conspiracy" to link plastic pallets to a contaminated stick of butter found in Texas last year. The lawsuit, referring to the butter, alleges a "malicious smear campaign." More



Propane: Not just for lift trucks anymore
DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Long before the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program, carbon mapping and hybrid electric trucks, Schwan's Home Service trucks were running on an alternative fuel. But the fuel wasn't ethanol or biodiesel or one of the others you might expect. It was a fuel that's more often associated with lift trucks than their over-the-road counterparts: propane. Why propane? "It started back in the '70s when ... fuel prices were rising," explains Jeff Schueller, director of fleet maintenance for Schwan's. "Marvin Schwan, the founder of the company, did not want the fuel prices back then to affect his company's growth and the routes that he was building, and so he looked for a more economical way to run the equipment." More

PRESS RELEASE: AVNET selects Swisslog

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Shareholders, SEC, suppliers all help drive sustainabilty
MIT Sloan Management Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Why do some businesses embrace sustainability-driven management more than others? At Ford Motor Co., part of the push is coming from shareholders. In turn, Ford pushes some of its own suppliers. "It's important for companies to monitor, measure and manage their sustainability performance for their own purposes, but also because shareholders are increasingly asking them to do so," wrote Abby Joseph Cohen, senior investment strategist and president of the Global Markets Institute at Goldman Sachs, in the Ford Motor Co. Sustainability Report 2009/10. More

Interlink Technologies is consistently ranked in the Top 100 WMS technology providers.

Interlink provides reliable WMS technology, accurate information, dependable partnership and peace of mind! THINK INTERLINK! Celebrating 25 Years of WMS Experience in 2011.
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How to leverage bar code technology
Multichannel Merchant    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bar code technology can help streamline processes and reduce costs in warehouse fulfillment operations. But in many cases, even large multichannel merchants only scratch the surface when it comes to leveraging bar codes. Most merchants use bar coding for shipping labels and generating manifests, and some use it to identify bin and slot locations. But to gain maximum benefit, you need to fully incorporate this technology to control inventory and track labor use within the entire warehouse. More

Kevin O'Marah: Supply Chain Top 25 goes global — starting with Asia
Gartner via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We've published the Supply Chain Top 25 since 2004, and although the universe of companies is always global, the peer voter pool generally has been more than 70 percent American, leading to a frustrating lack of visibility and, therefore, discussion on supply chain leadership in the world's currently dominant economic engine, Asia. We will soon release a cut of last year's data featuring the highest-scoring companies based in Asia/Pacific, and while the list isn't totally crazy, it certainly needs some attention if we're going to get anywhere close to the kind of useful discussion we've enjoyed in the U.S. and Europe over recent years. So let the debate begin. More

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Stress test for the global supply chain
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Tony Prophet, a senior vice president for operations at Hewlett-Packard, was awakened at 3:30 a.m. in California and was told that an earthquake and tsunami had struck Japan. Soon after, Prophet had set up a virtual "situation room," so managers in Japan, Taiwan and America could instantly share information. Prophet oversees all hardware purchasing for H.P.'s $65-billion-a-year global supply chain, which feeds its huge manufacturing engine. The company's factories churn out two personal computers a second, two printers a second and one data-center computer every 15 seconds. More

Selecting Mobile Computing Solutions with Confidence

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US manufacturing: Is the glass half full or half empty?
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Where does U.S. manufacturing stand right now? It depends on your perspective and whom you ask. For now, America remains the world's largest manufacturing, producing more 20 percent of the world's manufactured goods, according to a new report issued by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. In 2009, the most recent full year for which international data are available, U.S. manufacturing output was valued at nearly $2.16 trillion (including mining and utilities). That figure is more than 45 percent higher than China's 2009 output — although how you calculate those numbers is a subject of some debate. More
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Use teachable moments to train your employees
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Equipping people to make excellent decisions is a great idea. But great ideas often collide with day-to-day pressures and overworked, muddled-thinking employees who are ill-prepared to deal with business complexities. When problems that defy flow-charted responses occur, turn them into "teachable moments" as case studies for discovering clarity and making smart decisions. More

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Reddwerks manages all your inventory, demand, labor and equipment, from receiving through delivery to store or consumer - with full auditability. MORE


Why leaders don't learn from success
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The annals of business history are full of tales of companies that once dominated their industries but fell into decline. The usual reasons offered — staying too close to existing customers, a myopic focus on short-term financial performance and an inability to adapt business models to disruptive innovation — don't fully explain how the leaders who had steered these firms to greatness lost their touch. In this article, the authors argue success can breed failure by hindering learning at both the individual and the organizational level. More

Don't Miss MODEXSM 2012

See and compare solutions for your manufacturing, logistics and supply chain operations and network with your peers at MODEX 2012. Discover equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest supply chain innovations and leading trends. Explore 500 exhibits and choose from a variety of educational sessions.
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Dealing with job stress
Advance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Don't fool yourself: You're bound to come face to face with job stress working in health care, whether you're a nurse, physical therapist radiologist, a new graduate or a veteran. Job stress doesn't discriminate. It affects people of all ages, gender, ethnicities and backgrounds. A recent survey of more than 3,000 people by Yale University found that health care is one of the top 10 most stressful professions. Job stress is something we all face as workers, and we all handle it differently. But not all stress is negative, and learning how to deal with and manage stress is critical to maximizing your job performance, staying safe on the job, and maintaining your physical and mental health. More



Robert J. Bowman: Report from ProMat — Stuff that's about to happen
SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In retrospect, change can look sudden and inevitable. Often, though, there's an agonizing period between recognizing a new trend and the moment when it fully takes hold. Something big is about to happen — but not just yet. That's the sense I got repeatedly, while wandering among the hundreds of exhibits that made up this year's ProMat material-handling show in Chicago. Here, then, are a few areas where transformation seems to be right around the corner. More

Don't melt down
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Overwork went straight to Douglas Heddings' back. The founder of Heddings Property Group in New York City, Heddings has suffered from chronic stress-related back pain for more than a decade. Even as he recuperated from spine surgery, the pace didn't let up. His inbox filled at the rate of 50 emails per hour. The back problem "has a great deal to do with the fact that I feel I have to be on call 24/7," Heddings says. "This is not good for my mental and physical well-being." Researchers agree. More

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How to prepare your supply chain for the unthinkable
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Companies always are shocked when low-probability events such as an earthquake or a tsunami disrupt their supply chains — as has happened after the tragic events in Japan recently — because of two fallacies. One is the mistaken belief that no corporation can prepare for such events; they can't even be predicted. For instance, the scenario that an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear crisis simultaneously would hit Japan Inc. seems far-fetched, so most companies hadn't drawn up a suitable Plan B. The other is the persistent feeling that supply chains represent a cost. More

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Market intelligence helps you avoid embarrassing questions about your supply chain
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The CEO of a global automotive manufacturer was giving a press conference at the Geneva Car Show recently when reporters asked him for comments regarding the news that their competitor had just purchased a stake in a key supplier. The CEO replied that he did not know about it; that his company had not been warned in advance. This was embarrassing and left doubts for stakeholders of the company, wondering what else did this management not know about. We can imagine the panicked conversations back at headquarters with middle and senior management alike asking: "What are the implications?" "Are we prepared?" "Who is our secondary supplier?" and later, "Could this have been avoided?" More



Why Adidas targeted the supply chain in Sustainability Report
Supply Chain Digital    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, the Adidas Group presented its Environmental Strategy, a five-year plan to re-engineer the company's approach to environmental management by focusing on significant improvements along the entire value chain. As part of the strategy, which was published together with the group's 2010 Sustainability Report, the Adidas Group is committed to using 100 percent Better Cotton by 2018. The strategy is based on extending existing programs to deliver process efficiencies at every stage of the value chain: from product design, development and sourcing to logistics, own sites and IT systems. As a result, the improved value chain enables the company to offer more sustainable products to consumers, thus improving the group's environmental footprint. More
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Flying out to Promat 2011? Visit UNEX Booth #3215

UNEX is exhibiting our Carton Flow products and Order Picking solutions at the Promat2011 Tradeshow. Visit UNEX Booth # 3215 at McCormick Plaza in Chicago March 21st – 24th. Talk to our Sales Team and ask for a SKUBE demonstration. Learn how to increase throughput and pick efficiencies within your operation.
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