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Manufacturing at a 3-1/2 Year High
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A key index of U.S. manufacturing activity jumped in October, reaching its highest level in three and a-half years, a purchasing managers' group said Nov. 2. The Tempe, Ariz.-based Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) manufacturing index rose to a reading of 55.7 in October from 52.6 the month before. It was the highest reading since April 2006 when the index registered 56. Economists were expecting a reading of 53, according to consensus estimates gathered by Briefing.com. "This is another clear sign the recession is over, and the recovery has begun," said Adam York, an economist at Wells Fargo. MORE



Workforce Management: Beyond Time and Attendance
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In both the best and worst of economic times, worker productivity is a major management goal. Making sure that employees efficiently carry out their tasks is critical to the success of both government and business enterprises. Manual time and attendance record-keeping often leads to costly errors in payroll accounting, such as applying false overtime credit. Automated time and attendance programs can significantly reduce the costs associated with conventional personnel and payroll records management. Such systems can be employed defensively to curb cheating and correct errors. However, time and attendance software programs can also be used proactively to deploy personnel resources more efficiently. More
OSHA Issues Largest Fine in History to BP North America
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OSHA is issuing $87,430,000 in proposed penalties to BP Products North America Inc. for the company’s failure to correct potential hazards faced by employees. The fine is the largest in OSHA’s history. BP was also the recipient of the previous largest total penalty -- $21 million. More

Happy 25th Birthday DCA!!
Team DCA -- the Distribution Centers of America (DCA) celebrates 25 years of regional service excellence throughout its national network of distribution/warehouse companies.

DCA members comprise more than 20 million square feet of warehouse space. Individually owned and operated, each member of TeamDCA is a leader in its regional market, providing value-added warehousing and third party logistics services responsive to the needs of domestic and global companies. TeamDCA members are committed to customer success in that region. For more information, or to request a quote for service visit www.TEAMDCA.com.
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Credit Availability Expands in Manufacturing
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Third-quarter GDP numbers show 3.5 percent growth after four quarters in the negative category, and the credit managers’ index (CMI) has advanced beyond the 50 barrier for the first time in more than a year, according to the latest CMI report, a monthly survey of credit and collection professionals. Both the service and manufacturing sectors are expanding, and the CMI as a whole points toward growth. "Not only has there been some expansion in terms of credit availability, but there continues to be evidence that companies are catching up on their debt," says Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst at NACM. More
Piracy Puts Global Shippers in Dire Straits
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Piracy off the Somali coast threatens one of the world's most important shipping lanes. And the threat is not going away anytime soon. Although piracy isn't limited to Africa's East Coast, the escalating activity around the Gulf of Aden is a particular concern because it's part of one of the world's most vital sea lanes -- the channel connecting Asia to Europe and the United States via the Suez Canal. If a ship transits the Suez Canal, it must transit the Gulf of Aden. In total, 20,000 vessels sail through the Gulf of Aden each year, according to Reuters. That includes approximately 12 percent of the world's petroleum traffic as well as large quantities of bulk and containerized dry cargo, the International Maritime Organization told the U.N. Security Council in a November 2008 appeal for help combating Somali pirates. More

Lydall Transport is now CrossGlobe
For over 50 years CrossGlobe has provided fast, efficient, trusted transportation & warehousing services to producers of specialized products that need expert care and handling.
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Automated Picking: Grocery Giant Kroger Changes the Distribution Game
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In the not so distant past, most grocery distribution centers made due with labor intensive, traditional materials handling technologies and processes. Pallets were moved by lift trucks and stored in racks. Mixed pallets were built the old fashioned way, with manual labor. About eight years ago, The Kroger Company set out to play the distribution game by a new set of rules. From the supplier to the store, pallets are only touched twice in the Kroger facility: Once when a pallet is unloaded from an inbound trailer by a lift truck operator at the receiving dock and once again when it's loaded by a lift truck operator onto an outbound trailer at the shipping dock. In between, automation is in control. From the receiving dock to the shipping dock, the linked article explains how it works. More
Obama Administration to Review Truckers' Hours of Service Rules Again
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After years of revision and debate, the truckers' Hours of Service rules set by the The Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are back on the table for consideration. Under the current HOS regulations, made final in November 2008 under the Bush administration, a driver may drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. The debate focuses on whether the maximum should be 10 or 11 hours. According to reports, the FMCSA agreed Tuesday to "review and reconsider" the hours-of-service rules and the Associated Press is reporting that the FMCSA says it will propose a new rule within the next nine months. More
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Consultant: Stop Dithering and Go Green
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On the fence about going green? Jack Ampuja can't see why anyone would still be dithering about it. Ampuja, president of the consulting firm Supply Chain Optimizers and director of the Center for Supply Chain Excellence at New York's Niagara University, said his work with shippers has convinced him that the economic benefits of environmental programs usually outweigh the costs. "My on-site observations and discussions with clients lead me to conclude that the companies that are leading the field in green are also the ones with the lowest costs and greatest efficiencies," he said. More
UPS, FedEx Reap the Benefits of Airports' Pet Projects
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For nine years, Texans in Congress have been steering federal money to a Fort Worth airport with no passenger flights. The funds -- $26 million since 2001 -- are going to lengthen two runways at Fort Worth Alliance Airport to 11,000 feet from their current spans of 9,600 feet and 8,220 feet. The improvements will enable fully loaded cargo planes to take off during the hottest days, when more runway length is needed, airport spokesman David Pelletier said. That will be a big help to the airport's principal cargo carrier, FedEx, which has a major hub at Alliance. More
Vocollect, #1 in the Business of Voice
Vocollect, Inc. is the number one provider of voice solutions for mobile associates worldwide, helping customers achieve a higher level of business performance through voice. Every day Vocollect enables over 250,000 associates worldwide to distribute more than $2 billion dollars worth of goods from distribution centers and warehouses to customer locations. Learn more
SI Systems -- The Order Fulfillment Expert™
SI Systems is a global leader in designing and implementing integrated systems for full and split case picking operations. Combined with our SINTHESIS™ suite of software modules that collectively comprise a complete warehouse control system (WCS), our customers can expect faster, more accurate and more consistent levels of productivity from their operations. More
Your System Integrator for Sorting of Books, Garments, Multi-Media, Post and more
DistriSort Inc offers a wide experience and excellent competence in complete sorting solutions for SINGLE items in products such as: Books, Garments, Music + Multimedia, Shoes, Small Parcels, Flyers, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics. Our control systems are developed in house (DistriSoft®) and control all aspects of the sorting system, including the sorter, scanners, induction belts, supply and dispatch conveyors and special machines. More
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