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Manufacturing Technology Consumption Increases
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September U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $153.55 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association, and The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 17.8 percent from August but down 69.3 percent from the total of $500.57 million reported for September 2008. With a year-to-date total of $1,199.93 million, 2009 is down 67.8 percent compared with 2008. MORE



OSHA Releases H1N1 Tips for Employers
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OSHA has issued fact sheets to help employers and workers reduce the risk of exposure to the H1N1 virus. Available at OSHA's Workplace Safety and H1N1 Web site, the fact sheets offer tips on how employers in every industry can develop policies and procedures to mitigate the spread of the virus and deal with workers who may have already been infected. "Protecting our nation’s workers is OSHA's top priority," says Jordan Barab, the agency’s acting assistant secretary. More
The American Society of Safety Engineers Announces Revised Workplace Fall Protection Standard
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In an effort to provide the most current information on slip, trip and fall prevention, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has announced the approval of a newly revised American National Standards Institute (ANSI) /ASSE Z359.0-2009 "Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest" voluntary consensus standard. The recently updated Z359.0-2009 standard, approved by ANSI on October 27, is now available to download at no cost. The standard establishes definitions and nomenclature for fall arrest and fall protection equipment, which includes definitions and nomenclature used for all the current Z359 standards. More
Study: Multitaskers Are Lousy at Multitasking
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We are so flooded with information from e-mail, BlackBerrys or iPhones, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, et al., and we are so pressed to deal with it all, that those productivity tools have seriously eroded productivity. Many envy those around us who appear to effortlessly juggle an array of demands. How could multitaskers do it? Well, it turns out they can't. "Multitaskers are lousy at multitasking," says Clifford Nass, a professor of communication at Stanford University in a video on the school's Web site. Nass, along with his colleagues Eval Ophir and Anthony Wagner, conducted a study that aimed to identify how multitaskers accomplish what they do. 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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If There is a Data Security Breach, Who is Responsible and Who Pays the Fine?
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Data security has become "the number one issue" in outsourcing contract negotiations at his firm, reports John Delaney, partner and co-chairman of the Technology Transaction Group in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster. For example, say an outsourcing buyer gathers personal data and then shares it with its outsourcing supplier. Then the supplier has a data breach. Here's the conflict: Buyers believe outsourcing suppliers should have superior processes and technologies, so they should be responsible for all data security breaches. Buyers feel the supplier is better positioned to deal with these risks. But suppliers know no system is immune from a data security incident. They want to work with buyers to create a list of things the buyers expect them to do. Then, if they are compliant, they are not responsible if a data breach occurs. More
Supplier Rationalization: At What Cost?
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The author of the linked article recently spoke at a regional conference for the Purchasing Managers Association of Canada about supply chain risk management. At the end of the session, one of the attendees asked about a suggested risk mitigation approaches: developing alternate sources. The question was in regard to why the author had proposed developing alternate sources when companies are trending towards supplier consolidation. The answer, like many for questions in life is: it depends. More
U.S. Factories Are "Grossly Underutilized"
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U.S. manufacturing is finally on the mend -- though as many factory bosses are quick to point out, when you’re in a hole this deep, everything looks up. That's certainly true of capacity utilization. The numbers show U.S. factories remain "grossly underutilized," writes Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist of MAPI/Manufacturers Alliance, in a new report. 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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The Line Between Manufacturing and Distribution is Blurring
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To keep pace with changing consumer demand, companies are embracing strategies that require a much broader set of skills on the distribution end, says Dave Kilzer, principal of Consultleague. Years ago, manufacturing and distribution constituted two distinct areas within most companies. Things are different now, according to Kilzer. As they scramble to meet changing customer needs, organizations are embracing creative processes that have blurred the line between traditional functions. Chief among those innovations is the concept of postponement, whereby a generic product is modified to meet the specific needs of a region in a facility close to the customer. More
New Group Aims to Reinvent Freight Transportation
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A new advocacy group is being formed that seeks to create a more profitable, efficient and safe national freight system while also ensuring the environmental sustainability of transporting goods. The non-profit Rocky Mountain Institute is leading this effort, having formed the U.S. Council for Freight Efficiency to bring all the stakeholders in the freight community -- trucking companies, railroads, marine carriers, manufacturers, suppliers, and others -- under one roof to re-invent how freight is transported in this country. More
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Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway set to Buy BNSF
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Putting his chips in on an "all-in wager of the economic future of the United States," billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett and his investment group Berkshire Hathaway announced today they will acquire Class I railroad carrier Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Under the terms of the transaction, which is expected to close during the first quarter of 2010, Berkshire Hathaway will pay $100 per share in cash and stock to acquire the remaining 77.4 percent of outstanding BNSF shares it did not already own. 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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