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    Supply chain visibility seen as key to economic recovery
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Large global manufacturers are setting their sights on top-line growth over the next two years, focusing on new products, strategic acquisitions and alliances, innovation and increasing production capacity in high-growth markets. Bolstering the growth agenda are stronger investments in supply chain risk management to mitigate the impact of continued market volatility, according to a new study conducted by consulting firm KPMG. More



    3PLs, shippers misunderstand each other's priorities
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    3PLs and their customers appear to be misunderstanding each other's priorities. For example, the recently published Global 3PL & Logistics Outsourcing Strategy Report 2011-12, from eyefortransport, found the following. More

    Cliff Holste: Improving core DC operations is a smart investment
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While every DC operation is different and unique, the functions of receiving and putaway, storage and retrieval, picking and shipping, are basic to all. It is therefore of the utmost importance that these operations be performed efficiently and flawlessly if the business is to be vibrant, competitive, and growth oriented. By continuously improving the performance of these core operations, companies can be confident that their dollars are being wisely invested. More



    Fuel-cell-powered lift trucks starting to make an impact in distribution centers
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While the green supply chain movement overall seems to have hit something of a plateau of late, much action still continues to be happening in the lift truck sector, as many manufacturers have delivered vehicles to market based on hydrogen-powered fuel cells. Crown Equipment Corp., for example, recently announced it has just sold its 500th fuel-cell-powered vehicle, and has constructed a special development center outside of Dayton, Ohio (some 50 miles from its New Bremen, Ohio, headquarters) that focuses specifically on fuel-cell technology. More

    Find the right package for your chain
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Jack Ampuja writes, "When business executives — especially those not directly involved with operations, such as a CFO, CEO or general manager — think about supply chain management, functions such as forecasting, procurement, inventory management, transportation and warehousing come to mind. In fact, when I teach supply chain management in the classroom most textbooks identify 15 related but discrete functions. Unfortunately, packaging is usually not included in the thought process." More

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    Kimberly-Clark expedites logistics at Colombian plant
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    One year after installing an RFID system to better manage the operations of logistics providers at its warehouse, Kimberly-Clark's plant in Tocancipa, Colombia, finds that it has gained efficiency, as well as visibility into when truck-loading delays occur. The factory is employing the technology to manage the shipment of goods by the transport companies, which are responsible for picking up and delivering products to customers. K-C Colombia shares that data with those transport businesses, thereby providing them with improved information regarding the status of the loads that their drivers pick up and deliver. In this way, the logistics providers benefit by being forewarned of any delays, and can thus schedule their trucks accordingly. More

    How to prepare your distribution center for the holiday
    Multichannel Merchant    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Is your distribution center ready for holiday 2011? How about your contact center? Are your front end and back end in sync with each other? Even if you think you're ready to roll, you may not be. Multichannel Merchant senior writer Tim Parry caught up with GJM Associates President George Mollo at the NEMOA Fall Conference in Quincy, Mass., to talk about holiday preparedness. More
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    End-to-End Fulfillment Systems
    Cornerstone Automation Systems offers order picking systems and a full line of technologies to automate order fulfillment requirements, ranging from operator assisted to fully automatic fulfillment. CASI builds turnkey systems to optimize end-to-end fulfillment including receiving, putaway, picking, shipping, and sortation.
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    Study: Most US companies face language barriers
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a global economy where companies are setting their sights on even more international expansion, it's quickly becoming essential for businesses to communicate in foreign languages. But, does the U.S. workforce have the skills necessary to meet this kind of challenge? Language Study: Reducing the Impact of Language Barriers, a new study from Forbes Insights, offers some perspective. For the research, Forbes Insights surveyed more than 100 executives at large U.S. businesses (all had annual revenues of more than $500 million). Among the key findings were the following. More

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    Survey warning for 3PLs
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    A quarter of companies have taken some third-party logistics work back in-house in the past year, and 58 percent say they are reducing or consolidating the number of 3PLs they use, according to an annual review of the market. However, almost two-thirds of shippers said they were increasing their use of third-party logistics providers, according to the 16th Annual Third-Party Logistics Study produced by Capgemini Consulting in cooperation with Penn State University, Heidrick & Struggles, and Panalpina. More

    Valuing your most valuable assets
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Corporate leaders often proclaim that their employees are their most valuable asset. For many people, though, this is an empty platitude. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which has been polling at least 1,000 American adults daily since January 2008, shows that people have felt worse about their jobs this year than any previous year. Why the disconnect? In talking to employees, and analyzing nearly 12,000 daily work diaries we collected, we have identified at least one cause: Managers don't know how to show people that they are valued. In fact, they often unwittingly do the opposite. More

    Vault Logistics- Driving business growth
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    Conveyor sales on the incline
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reported that its August 2011 Booked Orders Index was 159, up 18 points or 13 percent from July 2011's Index of 141. The August index represents an increase of 24 percent from the August 2010 Index of 128. The August Booked Orders Indexes were 294 for Bulk Handling Equipment and 112 for Unit Handling Equipment. The Twelve-Month Index for Booked Orders was 161 in August, representing an increase of 2 percent from July 2011's Twelve-Month Index of 158. More

    Firm aims to shake up food-supply chain
    The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When a superstore moves into a neighborhood, owners of the corner bodega and other small shops cower in the shadows of the behemoth, according to Food Sol, an ambitious 2-month-old startup at Babson College that says things don't have to be that way. In an ideal world, executives of the superstore might sit down with the neighborhood grocer, the local farmer, and a middle manager from a fish processing plant. At the end of a discussion, each would emerge with a better understanding of what their counterparts face in getting food to market. It's a strategy called the "uncommon table," and it's the first step to finding solutions to such global food problems as safety and scarcity, said Rachel Greenberger, co-founder of Food Sol. More

    How Electronic Postage Technology Demystifies International Shipping

    Learn how DYMO Endicia's leaders have collaborated on a white paper that explains how simple-to-use electronic postage solutions can open up international markets for small businesses. By eliminating complexity, streamlining process and providing scalability and customization in international shipping, DYMO Endicia's electronic postage solution is helping make business borderless for companies of all sizes.

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    Why good leaders pass the credit and take the blame
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Tobias Fredberg writes, "A few years ago my colleague Flemming Norrgren and I asked a long-tenured European CEO how he came up with the idea for his company's radical and new strategic direction. 'Oh, that's an interesting question,' he said. 'I never thought about it in that way. Certainly it was not only me. I had a big role, but it was not me, me, me. This is not an American organization.' Flemming and I (both Europeans) laughed, and the CEO talked more about why leaders should praise their team instead of themselves." More



    Thailand assesses damage as floods hit car supply chain
    Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Thailand's worst flooding in five decades could disrupt the operations of automobile and parts makers that use the Southeast Asian country as a production base, industry analysts said. About 270 people have died since late July in the floods, mainly in the center, north and northeast, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said. Nearly 200 factories, including one run by Japanese car maker Honda Motor Co Ltd, have had to close in the central province of Ayutthaya after an industrial estate run by Rojana Industrial Park Pcl was flooded. More

    RFID delivers unexpected benefits at American Apparel
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    American Apparel, a vertically integrated clothing manufacturer and retailer based in Los Angeles, already has deployed RFID at more than 50 of its 285 stores, and expects the rollout to total 100 stores by year's end. The company reports that the system has not only delivered the improved inventory accuracy levels it had sought, but also has provided some unexpected benefits, including a significant decline in employee theft. These additional benefits are contributing to advantages that offset the cost of borrowing money in order to pay for the solution's installation at each location, thereby creating immediate benefits for the company. More

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    The supply chain legacy of Steve Jobs
    Spend Matters UK/Europe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Peter Smith writes, "Death is almost always sad, and more so when it is at a relatively young age. Is it particularly affecting when it is someone who has achieved as much as Steve Jobs? I'm not sure — on reflection, perhaps we should feel more sadness for those who live longer and achieve less, rather than for those like Jobs who have lived incredibly full and supremely successful lives. Anyway, even for those of us who aren't Apple groupies, it feels like we've lost one of the greatest figures of my generation. And while I'm not a Mac, iPhone or iPad user, the iPod is a wonderful object and one of the very 'best things' I've ever owned." More

    Training for the sustainable supply chain
    TriplePundit    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In recent years, organizations have developed increasingly creative and large scale supply chain initiatives to deal with increasing energy costs, a recessionary environment, and consumer demand for sustainable processes. To capitalize on this evolution in practice, academic institutions also must make a conscious effort to train the next generation of supply chain managers to build upon these best practices and identify further opportunities to improve. More

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    2 warehouses with 250 jobs coming to Suffolk, Va.
    The Virginian-Pilot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A vision for a massive distribution hub west of downtown Suffolk, Va., have taken two big steps toward reality. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced that Ace Hardware Corp. plans to spend $14 million and hire 75 workers to build a distribution center in the new warehouse park across Route 58 from the existing Target warehouse. Ace Hardware is leasing a 336,969-square-foot warehouse that already is under construction. More

    Warehouse, 200 new jobs coming to Cumberland County, Pa.
    Central Penn Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A California developer plans to build a second warehouse at Key Logistics Park in Cumberland County, Pa., for a yet-to-be-named company that could bring at least 200 jobs to the region, according to township officials. Panattoni Development Co., a Sacramento, Calif.-based commercial and industrial real estate firm, plans to combine two of the park's vacant lots and build a 1.5-million-square-foot warehouse, said Gary Martin, chairman of the Penn Township supervisors. Panattoni wants to break ground on the project this year so its unnamed client can move into the facility in the spring, Martin said. More

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    New research busts myths about gender gap
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
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    The glass ceiling, a phrase popularized in a 1986 Wall Street Journal article, has been invoked for years as the barrier keeping women from reaching the executive ranks in numbers paralleling men. It makes for a compelling image, especially given the stagnation in the representation of women in the executive suites of the largest companies despite their growing presence in the lower ranks. But does it really tell the whole story? More

    My mom, the supply chain whiz
    EBN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Gerry Fay writes, "I have a secret. Everything I know about managing a successful supply chain, I learned from my mother. No, my mom didn't have a doctorate in supply chain management or an MBA in operations. Her credentials were even more impressive than that. My mom was a high school graduate, domestic goddess, and the chief operating officer of a family of eight. Despite the often-unpredictable demands of her four sons and two daughters, Mom was somehow able to ensure that our household ran smoothly." More


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