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New active RFID system strives to eliminate the 'overhead'
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Two health care companies and two U.S. Department of Defense agencies are testing a prototype of a new active RFID system known as Roll-Call. The new system promises tags that are smaller and less expensive than active tags currently on the market, and that are designed to operate in hostile environments, such as those with densely packed, tagged products or a high quantity of metal. More



Automation: Get ready for robotic materials handling
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You may have read that the robotics industry show is co-locating with ProMat next year in Chicago. My first reaction was: Huh! Sure, robots are very cool, and there are plenty of robots doing arc welding or loading machines on the automotive assembly line. But how often do you see robots in materials handling, especially in warehouses and distribution centers? Turns out there's more than you think. More

Does your supply chain need glasses?
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Last month, a Capgemini Consulting survey of 300 companies in Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America found that collectively, the companies' top supply chain projects for 2010 are ones that allow businesses to more effectively respond to customer demand and improve internal business processes. With that in mind, it makes sense that the study also found, for the second year in a row, that the top supply chain IT project among those surveyed is improving supply chain visibility. More

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SCM World releases Chief Supply Chain Officer Report
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SCM World has released the 2010 Chief Supply Chain Officer Report, a survey of 400 senior global supply chain and procurement executives. The report has been designed and developed to draw out critical insights that drive C-level supply chain executives in 2010 and beyond. With such a rapidly shifting macro economic climate, the report uncovers how companies are redefining the role of the supply chain officer, and in turn how those executives are positioning their organizations to remain competitive in an increasingly globalized and complex operating environment. More

In search of the perfect leader
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Most writing on good management and what it takes to get to the top focus on leadership. It is regarded as one of the most important areas of personal development. This also explains the growing interest in leadership courses. Defining just what makes a leader effective, however, remains as difficult today as it ever was. But that does not prevent us from seeking to distill their secrets — quite the reverse. Of course, there must be almost as many theories on leadership as there are leaders themselves and models for the best kind of leadership change with the times. More

It's time to rethink warehouse management.

Learn the business challenges undermining warehouse performance and how Blockbuster took action and received hefty payoffs.
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Practical advice on managing outsourcing relationships
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It's just a hunch, but we're going to guess that your summer reading list does not include anything by Oliver Williamson. Williamson, who is professor emeritus of business, economics and law at the University of California-Berkeley, is an internationally acclaimed economist who specializes in the arcane subject of transaction cost economics. If his name sounds familiar, it might be because he's on the advisory board of the Journal of Supply Chain Management, which published one of his articles last year. Or it might be because he — with co-recipient Elinor Ostrom — was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences in October 2009. More

China's chokehold on high-tech supply chains
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We're all familiar with the supply chain risks posed by this country's heavy dependence on imported oil. We've seen what happens when big producers like Saudi Arabia temporarily turn off the spigot that feeds our insatiable appetite for petroleum-based products. But there's another looming crisis of supply for manufacturers, one that is just beginning to get the attention of major media. It's the issue of so-called rare earth minerals. More
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Selecting Mobile Computing Solutions with Confidence
Approximately 40 percent of the average workforce today is mobile, and this number is rising. Learn how to increase your ROI on your mobile computing purchase by downloading this complimentary white paper "Top 5 Tips for Choosing Mobile Computers."
Why Carton Flow? Increase Pick Rates.
Order picking accounts for 40-60% of an operation's total labor cost. UNEX. Carton Flow systems are dynamic gravity flow units that condense and organize SKU's to increase pick rates by 30% and higher, increase space utilization by 50% and reduce travel time by 40-80% when compared to a static storage system.



Time to sharpen your lift truck selection skills
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In past blogs and webcasts we've talked with lift truck market experts who believed that fleet managers would hang onto their underutilized trucks longer and put off purchasing new equipment. Fine. That will save money in the short run. But eventually you'll have to buy a new truck. Vendors want to make sure that their customers who have been out of the new truck market for quite a while will get up to speed on the art of lift truck specification. More

How to navigate through supply chain dead zones
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As supply chains become increasingly more global and complex, many companies face a progressively growing list of logistic challenges that can defer the efficient delivery of goods and quickly turn a reliable port into a supply chain dead zone. As supply chains stretch further across national boundaries, it is critical for companies to develop strategic capabilities to efficiently move goods from one country to another while mitigating risks. More

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Leadership caffeine: Effective leaders learn to pivot
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Like the brother-in-law that you dodge at family gatherings to avoid his pitch on the latest "can't fail; get rich quick" business scheme, some people are involved in a constant game of that childhood classic Chutes and Ladders. Catch one ladder and you skip over the rest of us as we wind our way along on journeys of unknown destination and duration. Occasionally, these short-cut seekers find their way into positions of business and leadership responsibility, and the results range from a preoccupation with the near term to overt decisions to cut corners in an attempt to move faster. More

Dan Gilmore: Review of The New Supply Chain Agenda
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Do we often make supply chain management harder than it needs to be? That's one of the key takeaways I have as I just finished reading The New Supply Chain Agenda, a new book from three of the supply chain's most well-known names: Reuben Slone, Paul Dittmann and the late John Mentzer. More



Should you optimize your purchase-to-pay workflows by spend category?
The Hackett Group via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on
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Many organizations define sourcing and supplier management processes by spend category as the basis for understanding how to best source and manage their suppliers. However, they often do not specify how to buy from and pay those suppliers based on the nature of the spend category and the needs of stakeholders. While companies usually have some type of "n-step" sourcing methodology, they may have tens if not hundreds of different ways to buy and pay for goods and services. This can reduce efficiency and customer satisfaction and lead to higher noncompliance rates and greater risk. More

What is the most critical influencer for use of RFID technology in health care organizations?
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Thirty-six percent of health IT professionals surveyed said the ability to improve patient safety and/or reduce medical errors is the most critical influencer for the use of RFID applications in health care organizations, according to a recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society survey. Twenty percent of survey respondents said inventory management/asset control is the most critical influencer of RFID use, and 19 percent cited hospital operation improvements. More


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Voxware provides voice software products that optimize the activities of warehouse workers.  More

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