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Top consumer packaged goods supply chains for 2010
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Who has the top consumer packaged goods and retail supply chains? Each year, SCDigest reports on the annual survey results from Kantar Retail (which acquired Cannondale Associates, the prior authors of the study, about a year ago), which ranks the top consumer packaged goods industry supply chains and the top retail supply chains in the retail segments that sell those packaged goods products. The full Kantar survey and report, which it calls its PowerRanking, was just released for 2010, and covers a number of company performance measures for both consumer goods manufacturers and retailers, including such areas as brand power, marketing programs, sales teams, overall business fundamentals, etc. Supply chain management is one of those categories included in the survey. More



5 risks along the way to greener supply chains
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Businesses face increasing pressure to identify environmentally sound alternatives for managing operations risks, particularly when it comes to the supply chain. To that end, Ernst & Young LLP has identified five highly charged climate change and sustainability risks that executives should consider as they respond to growing demand to eliminate waste from their supply chains and to report on these initiatives. The demand comes from a proliferation of large corporate supplier qualification and scorecard programs that are employed to examine carbon footprints and resource use at every step of the product and service lifecycle. More

Datalogic coordinates wireless/RFID European project
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Datalogic will coordinate a research project funded by the European Commission titled SELECT (Smart and Efficient Location, idEntification and Cooperation Techniques). The project focuses on designing an automatic wireless system for identifying and detecting objects in real time in the area of intelligent transportation and manufacturing and in the supply chain management area in particular. Alongside Datalogic, the work team will include seven European enterprises, all highly specialized in R&D in the wireless and RFID areas. More

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Data standards for health care supply chain gain ground
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Health care organizations are moving closer to the adoption of global supply chain standards, according to an independent survey of health care providers, group purchasing organizations, device manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors. The survey, conducted by the University of Arkansas Center for Innovation in Healthcare Logistics and supported by the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management, found that 68 percent of respondents were moving toward adoption of a global data standards system in the next five years, as opposed to only 35 percent who responded affirmatively to the same question in a 2008 survey. More

Protect your lift trucks from slobs
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Housekeeping is among the most neglected aspects of lift truck maintenance. Think about it. If operators are running over debris, they're not only damaging tires, but they're not doing themselves or the products they're transporting much good either. If you're looking for opportunities to cut costs, walk the floors of your plant or warehouse. "We wouldn't sell as many tires if customers had good housekeeping habits," Philip Lannon said. He's sales and training manager for Continental Tire the Americas, in Chicago. "Tires don't chunk out in and of themselves, and when you look at scars and dents, that doesn't happen unless they're running over things." More

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Do you have leadership lock-in?
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As individuals, familiarity breeds cognitive lock-in. We experience cognitive lock-in whenever we choose to do something out of habit even when objectively better alternatives exist. We behave automatically rather than intentionally. This affects us as leaders, too. It develops a kind of leadership lock-in. We get so locked-in to the values, beliefs, behavioral norms, habits and routines that it is hard to lead intentionally — the way we know we should — the way we want to. We just go through the motions of leadership without really thinking about what we are doing or the long-term consequences of our actions. More

RFID makes common people an uncommon store
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Common People, an independent concept store that opened last month in Mexico City, is employing RFID technology to enhance an already uncommon customer experience, as well as improve the management of inventory. "When we came up with the idea for a concept store, we knew we wanted to bring in not just the most interesting products, but also innovative technologies," says Monika Feldman, who owns the store with her husband, Max. During the project's planning phase, a friend of hers introduced her to Luca Pastorello, a partner at Digilogics S.A. de C.V., a Mexico-based label converter that provides RFID solutions to retail apparel, government services and logistics firms, as well businesses in other sectors. More
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Pete Maulik: 2 ways to hire effective innovators
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These days, you're as likely to see "innovative" on any given job description as you are to see "strong communication skills" or "team player." But how do you hire innovators? What exactly are you looking for, and more importantly, how do you identify the ability to innovate? Take this anecdote: Our innovation consultancy recently played host to a rather unusual job interview when a candidate came to us after selling his company, a premium brand of Cachaça (the Brazilian liquor). While still in college, the candidate conceived the brand, sourced it, packaged it, imported it and distributed it. For his interview, he hosted a Cachaça happy hour in our office, bringing in a bartender and the fresh fruits required to prepare Brazil's signature cocktails. More

Simma Lieberman: Do your employees hate you?
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Have you ever had a job that you hated? That you dreaded so much you didn't want to leave your house in the morning? I had one of those jobs. In those days, it was called telephone soliciting. I sold aluminum siding over the telephone. I didn't know how much it actually cost or even what aluminum siding was. I didn't know who owned the company or what happened when a live person showed up at their house. Even with those factors, I was able to develop relationships with people on the phone and was the highest performer in the office. I got more appointments that led to more sales than anyone else, and I got the biggest commission checks. More

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The top 3 supply chain management worries in 2011
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The number of supply chain management factors that confront global manufacturers remains relatively stable from year to year. But the way those factors mingle and collide makes each year a new challenge, and 2011 will hold a particularly tricky mix that will make supply chain management a tenuous balancing act. IDC Manufacturing's Simon Ellis recently reported that an IDC survey of U.S.-based manufacturers showed that their top three criteria for sourcing decisions will be manufacturing cost, logistics and/or fulfillment costs, and supply lead time. More

10 ways to manage employees who are older than you
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There always are awkward moments when a company's new hire is younger than the team he or she is managing. Older employees who thought they were in the running for the same position may feel slighted, others may assume youth amounts to inexperience, or they may not be bothered. Often, though, the experience tends to be just as uncomfortable for the new boss who is aware of joining a closely knit team, not only as an outsider but a young one at that. The following are ways you can command respect, temper egos and get the work done. More

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CEOs can embed a culture of sustainability beyond their departure
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At times it seems like nearly every company is engaged in sustainability initiatives large and small, long-term and short, a promising sign for the global environment. But what will happen when today's leaders are just tomorrow's legends? A new report from the Network for Business Sustainability looks at the ways that executives can ensure their companies remain innovative long after they depart. The report, "Embedding Sustainability in Organizational Culture," looks at more than 13,000 academic and industry publications to create what the NBS calls a Systematic Review of existing best practices and research, synthesized into a tool that even the busiest business leaders can use. More

10 ways to be a better manager
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About the biggest mistake successful managers make is thinking they have all the answers. Let's face it, when you have enough successes and failures under your belt and plenty of gray hair on your head, it's a natural tendency to spend more of your time talking than listening. That's a pitfall none of us should fall into, and that includes me. While it sometimes seems like I have enormous disdain for some "leadership gurus," especially the academic type, I'm always on the lookout for folks who, like me, have real-world management experience and the inclination to share it with others. More



Max Jeffrey: Do you know the impact of the supply chain on your business?
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There's no dispute about the benefits obtainable through use of supply chain management. There's also no question that during the economic downturn, companies relied on supply chain management to weather the storm. I must admit, however, that I am somewhat surprised by the results of a recent survey, in which respondents reported a drop in the amount of overall cost savings as well as lower increases to revenues as a result of supply chain management initiatives. The survey, 2010 Global Survey of Supply Chain Progress, was jointly conducted by CSC, Supply Chain Management Review, and Michigan State University, with assistance by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and Supply Chain Europe magazine. More

WSC, ICS voice concerns over overweight containers
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The World Shipping Council and the International Chamber of Shipping want all loaded containers be weighed at the marine port facility before they are stowed aboard a vessel for export. In a joint statement issued recently, the WSC and ICS urge the International Maritime Organization to establish an international legal requirement that all loaded containers be weighed at the marine port facility before they are stowed aboard a vessel for export. According to the WSC and ICS, In the absence of a legal requirement that marine terminal operators perform a weighing function for all loaded ("stuffed") containers before vessel loading, it seems likely that a significant number of unweighed and overweight containers will continue to pose a risk to safe ship operations, to ships' crew, and to other personnel in the transport chain. More
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