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3PL relationships: From arm's length to an embrace
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Tom Andel writes, "A new level of intimacy is becoming the new normal for many in logistics. Service providers are now service partners for manufacturers reaching out to global markets. I spoke with several 3PLs recently who explained how close they've gotten to some clients that, in the past, preferred a good arm's length between themselves and outsiders. Here's what those 3PLs told me." More



Capacity tightens as conditions get tougher for shippers
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Although some sectors of the economy still are waiting for visible evidence of a recovery, shippers have all the proof they need in the tightening of trucking capacity. The Shippers Conditions Index for February 2012, compiled by transportation forecasting firm FTR Associates, dropped by a full point from the previous month to -5.6, as demand for trucking services grew strongly in what is normally a slack month. More

Leave the (forklift) driving to us?
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Cruise the aisles of a material handling trade show and you can't help but notice that robots are everywhere. At a time when improving productivity is the top priority, warehouses and DCs are trying to automate every activity they can—including, of course, the transport of pallets and cases. More

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Sustainable logistics
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As more companies add environmental and social responsibility to their concerns about efficiency and cost, it's evolving into a new way of sending products to their destinations. More

What doesn't motivate creativity can kill it
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Management is widely viewed as a foe of innovation. The thinking goes that too much management strangles innovation (just let a thousand flowers bloom!). But we have found a much more nuanced picture. You really can manage for innovation, but it starts by knowing what drives creativity in the people who generate and develop the new ideas that, when implemented, will become tomorrow's innovations. Unfortunately, too many managers unintentionally kill innovation because they rely too heavily on carrots and sticks to motivate employees. More

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The visible supply chain
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Almost like the search for the Holy Grail, the quest for greater visibility has similarly been driving supply chains across the globe for the past decade. One could argue that the supply chain visibility era started in the late 1990s, when Art Mesher, then an analyst at Gartner and now CEO of Descartes Systems, wrote a series of research notes on "The Three V's of Supply Chain," which were velocity, variability and visibility. From that point on, visibility has been at the forefront of supply chain issues, and improving the level of visibility has moved in the last seven to 10 years to the top of the corporate supply chain priority list for the majority of companies. More



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Automation: What's an integrated system?
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Bob Trebilcock writes, "Recently, I finished writing a story about Musikhaus Thomann, which will be the cover story of the May issue of Modern Materials Handling. It's a highly automated facility that brings together four different picking processes in a multichannel retail facility that replenishes Thomann's music super store and serves about 4 million ecommerce customers across Europe. The facility brings together four different picking processes." More

McDermott sees gains from RFID tracking in Indonesia
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McDermott Inc., an offshore engineering and construction firm headquartered in Houston, is reviewing the results of a 10-monthlong radio frequency identification pilot. After this is complete, the company hopes to expand the project to additional sites. At its facility on the Indonesian island of Batam, McDermott fabricates metal pipes for installation within a processing platform or plant. More



Does the axiom 'If it's not broken, don't fix it' apply to distribution center operations?
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If you are in charge of warehousing and distribution operations, sitting in the confines of your comfortable office you may feel confident that your operation is, with a few minor exceptions, running like the preverbal Swiss Watch. This opinion may be based on statistical reports, occasional interaction with employees, customer feedback, and general observations. However, down in the trenches (floor of the DC), the opinion may be very different fostering the perception that the DC is "a god forsaken, grueling place to work!" More

All staffing companies the same?
Think again, for three years straight Allegiance Staffing has received the prestigious "Best in Staffing" award by its customers. That places them in the top 1/2 of 1% of all staffing companies nationally. Meet Allegiance at this years WERC/WIRE conference. Three opportunities: Booth 1316, presentation "Human Capital the full monty" and round table "How to deal with temp companies". Follow the link www.allegiancestaffing.com/about-allegiance/media.php to find a better way to get real staffing solutions.


Wal-Mart's vast efforts, progress in sustainability
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Wal-Mart has just released its sustainability report for 2012, mostly reporting progress along a seemingly endless range of initiatives. Wal-Mart starts by noting its three overarching goals that it set in 2005: to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy; to produce zero waste, and to sell products that sustain health and the environment. There's no timetable for meeting these objectives, but they drive the company's effort and investment in sustainability. More

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Equipment leasing in March up 36 percent over February
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Overall new business volume in March for the $628 billion equipment finance sector was $6.8 billion, up 10 percent from volume of $6.2 billion in the same period in 2011, according to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index. Volume was up 36 percent from the previous month. Year-to-date cumulative new business volume is up 17 percent. Receivables over 30 days increased to 2.8 percent in March, up from 2.5 percent in February, and down by 20 percent compared to the same period in 2011. More

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RFID has shoppers running to New Balance's store in Boston
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The New Balance Experience Store in Boston opened its doors earlier this month, boasting an automated system to attract customers to their products by means of an RFID-enabled video display and hotspot, and RFID-enabled prize cards distributed on the streets. The system features RFID software by InMotion Retail Marketing, the RFID division of Pittsfield ID Technologies, and multimedia content provided by advertising agency Almighty. More
 


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