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Kate Vitasek invites our readers to share a "bad warehouse story" for the blog of the same name. Check it out at DC Velocity's website. Send your story to her at kvitasek@utk.edu.



How to keep your conveyors up to speed
DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It can happen almost imperceptibly. Throughput slows or jams become more frequent, but the change happens so gradually that managers may find themselves scratching their heads over why order fill rates have fallen. Or it can happen suddenly. A part fails and whole sections of the conveyor system come to a halt, leaving workers idle, maintenance personnel scrambling, and costs escalating. More

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How to give every employee customized leadership advice
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Virtually every corporate and academic leadership development program is founded on the same model: the formulaic model. It tries to collect all the various approaches to leadership, shaves off the weird outliers, and packages the rest into a formula. The notion behind all this is simple: The right way to lead is out there. A best-practice model exists. After we discover it and turn it into a formula, development is just a matter of bringing you in line with that formula. More

Sustainability means a better running DC
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Boyce Bonham of Hytrol Conveyor looks at several ways sustainability initiatives affect distribution center operations. The discussion focuses on how those initiatives can save money while meeting environmental goals. More

What Does it Take to Increase Performance?

It takes more than speed and precision. It takes LEGACY Supply Chain Services, instilling leadership at every level of the supply chain and creating a new culture that drives greater performance. For more information or to speak with us about your supply chain, visit www.LEGACYscs.com or call 603.792.2205.
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Get warranty bang for your lift truck buck
Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dealing with today's fluctuating order volumes, rising transportation costs and declining capacity requires partnership between shippers and carriers. More

Get your workers to disrupt their jobs
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Competition and customer demands mean that the most efficient and effective process should always be sought — but finding it requires contributions from the people doing the work. The benefits of the front-line driving improvements include pride of ownership that sustains the changes, less worry for managers about whether the changes will be adopted, and reduced costs for outside consultants. Changes that are imposed are at best accepted grudgingly and at worst sabotaged. 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.


The challenges of managing today's multifunctional DC
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While the primary purpose of the distribution center continues to be order fulfillment, today's DCs are becoming a hybrid of storage, order assembly, and marketing. The DC storage function hasn't really changed all that much overtime except that stock moves somewhat faster now than it did a decade or so ago. Industry analysts contribute this to the accelerated speed at which a product becomes obsolete and/or falls out of fashion. More

'Supply Chain Management 2.0' or Supply Chain 'Management 2.0'?
The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kirk Munroe writes, "At the Gartner Executive Supply Chain Conference last month, one of the key note speakers was Gary Hamel, longtime business guru and currently author and director at Management Lab. I saw Hamel present seven or eight years ago and since then, I have been measuring all management speakers against him as the standard. Some have come close; no one has raised the bar yet. That is until this latest presentation where Hamel raised the bar for himself." More



Design chain: Packaging is moving away from oil
Plastics & Rubber Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Packaging has been "going green" for some years, ever since the commercialization of biodegradable plastics, such as polylactic acid. PLA has since been joined by many similar materials, and their use continues to increase. But a new revolution has begun: that of non-biodegradable bioplastics. A number of major players, such as Coca-Cola, are beginning to use plastic packaging that is derived — at least in part — from renewable resources. And they have plans to substitute more and more petroleum-derived plastics. More

Should lithium be mined for forklifts too?
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Tom Andel writes, "At the last CeMat show held in Hannover, Germany, it seemed as if every lift truck OEM exhibit had something about lithium ion batteries. At previous CeMats fuel cells were all the rage. But in the U.S. these technologies are still considered niche. Recently, I blogged about how the Obama administration is funding battery R&D to drive new technologies into the mainstream — at least where cars are concerned. If that happens, will the U.S. market see what CeMat visitors saw — but this time on their own soil?" More

Convert Pallet Rack into Carton Flow

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Industrial giant 3M on mission to remove its supply chain 'hairballs'
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A simple story sums up the issue. 3M makes a line of a simple picture hooks under the Command brand name. Until recently, the production process in a sense started in an 3M adhesive plant in Missouri, from which the sticky stuff was shipped 550 miles to another 3M plant in Indiana, where the adhesive was applied to polyethylene foam. More

Will sustainable products and strategies be the key source of revenue growth?
The Green Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With a high percentage of companies pushing sustainable supply chain strategies in one form or another, just how important are those initiatives, if at all, to business growth? That is among the questions the consultants at Accenture tried to answer with a survey of about 250 senior business executives from across the globe. More

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University of Arkansas' new RFID research center parallels growth of RFID industry
RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the University of Arkansas' Sam M. Walton College of Business opened its RFID Research Center in 2005, the facility consisted of a 7,500-square-foot space in which researchers, RFID companies and potential end users (more than 30 businesses in total) could begin testing radio frequency identification systems under the leadership of its director, Bill Hardgrave. The center's replacement, slated to open this fall, will feature a full simulated supply chain for testing and tours. More
 

 
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