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Bad forklift maintenance? Wake up and taste the coffee
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How long would a coffee filter last in a modern forklift? That's a question that might occur to you if you looked to your company's general ledger account to find out how much you’re spending on maintenance. According to Jim Gaskell, director of global Insite products for lift truck provider Crown Equipment, the general ledger account is a dumping ground of data for many companies. Apparently their accounting departments feel there's not much difference between air filters and coffee filters — so you may see both of them there. More
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3 key strategy questions to ask your teams regularly
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According to Art Petty, the management teams that lead the best performing businesses are those that incorporate at least three key strategic questions into almost every operational and status discussion. More

IKEA to phase out wooden pallets
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Costco is not the only major retailer to take a hard look at its pallet program. In November, IKEA, the iconic Swedish home furnishings retailer, announced that it will phase out wooden pallets on a global basis. Wood will be replaced with a shipping platform IKEA is calling the material area paper pallet. "The objectives of this change are to decrease costs and create a more sustainable business by having less impact on the environment," IKEA explained on its website. "This change will impact all functions within supply chain as well as all stores and suppliers in Europe." More

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7 steps to effective forklift training
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It might be said that lift trucks, so essential to distribution center operations, are only as safe and productive as their operators. But how can you ensure your drivers are competent to operate a forklift safely? What sort of training should you provide? At a minimum, any training program has to meet federal requirements. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations specify what topics must be covered by a driver training program (essentially, a blend of "how-to" operating basics and safety information tailored to the specific site). They also touch on how that instruction should be provided and when employers must send drivers for refresher training. More

Loyola adds supply chain master's program
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Stating that industry leaders are predicting a shortage of qualified supply chain management professionals in the coming years, Maciek Nowak, Ph.D., announced that beginning with the fall 2012 semester, Loyola University Chicago's Graduate School of Business will offer a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management. Nowak is the program's director. The MSSCM at Loyola marks the first supply chain management degree at an Illinois university accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. More

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Adam Veitch: Why logistics and politics need to mix — for the economy's sake
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It is widely perceived that the EU and the U.S. are at critical crossroads in their pursuits to eradicate crippling debt. In recent times, parties on both sides of the Atlantic have reached their most vulnerable and need to work together if they are to succeed in their efforts to regain economic stability. Global trade can play its part in achieving this goal but will need a governmental helping hand along the way in order to make its contribution. More

John Westerveld: Don't put all your supply chain eggs in one basket
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As most know, Thailand has been hit hard by flooding during this year's monsoon season. There has been a horrible human cost with hundreds dead, and millions of people affected. What many don't know is that Thailand is a major manufacturer of hard drives and major brands like Seagate and Western Digital have factories there, thus the price increase for hard drives. From a supply chain perspective, these events have again highlighted the need for companies to implement and maintain a supply chain risk management process. There is much content on risk management, but there are a few key points relevant to what we've seen recently. More

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Bring your phone to work?
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Devices such as iPhones and iPads give consumers more communications freedom, but the wisdom of letting that freedom ring in trucks and warehouses is up for debate. More

Safety, refueling training builds next generation of propane-fueled forklift operators
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Propane-fueled forklifts have been a fixture in United States warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing plants for decades, in part because they maintain consistent, 100 percent power throughout operation and offer ground speed advantages greater than other energy sources. With more than 600,000 propane-fueled forklifts in operation in the U.S., and many experienced forklift operators nearing retirement, it is important that facility ownership and management adequately prepare the next generation. More
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Coalition to stage 'Stand Up for Trucking' event
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There is no question that shippers and motor carriers are upset with the way official Washington has addressed their interests. What can be done about it, especially with a divided Congress in a presidential election year, is another matter. On Feb. 1, a coalition of 10 industry groups, including the American Trucking Associations, the National Industrial Transportation League, NASSTRAC, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association, will gather in the nation's capital for what is being billed as an unprecedented "fly-in" event called "Stand Up for Trucking." More

2012: Supply chains left exposed to risk
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The desire to cut costs in 2012 will result in leaner supply chains and leave companies more exposed to risk, according to forecasts by Progress Software Corporation. The company said events such as the Thai floods and Japanese tsunami made businesses reconsider the level of risk exposure supply chains have when reliant on a small number of vendors. As a result, "organizations will attempt to avert risk by onboarding new suppliers. However, this will be a challenge as relationships and business trust are not developed overnight," the company stated. More

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John Deere: Nothing runs like an AGV
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On its Iowa manufacturing campus, John Deere is using AGVs to move tractor cabs down the assembly line. The result has been savings in labor, a safer work environment and improved quality. More

KCF Technologies to launch energy-harvesting wireless sensors
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KCF Technologies, a spin-off company created in 2000 by two Pennsylvania State University faculty members and a recently graduated doctoral student, is commercializing energy-harvesting wireless sensors, after completing a decade of research and development. The complete system, known as Smart Diagnostics, consists of active RFID tags with built-in vibration and heat sensors, as well as RFID receivers and software to manage data culled from sensor readings. The solution is designed for rugged industrial and military applications, to help users monitor the conditions of machines at sites where it would be inconvenient or impossible to manually perform regular sensor readings. More

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Mobile apps pack promise for health care products, packaging
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In Africa, people are using their smartphones to check diabetes medications to ensure they are authentic and not counterfeit. Soon you'll likely be able to take your mobile phone, scan a datamatrix code on an OTC package in your favorite drug store and download coupons, get information on a product, check for drug interactions, and maybe even communicate to your doctor that you're complying his or her prescribed regimen. More

Maplecroft finds increase in global human rights, labor standards risk
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Human rights and labor standards risks for companies and investors are increasing on a global scale, according to a new study from the risk analysis and mapping company Maplecroft. The fifth annual Human Rights Risk Atlas found that nearly half (48 percent) of the 197 countries studied now pose "extreme" or "high" risks of corporate complicity in rights violations. All told, citizens in 95 countries are now exposed to human rights violations by states — that's a 6 percent increase in countries posing "extreme" or "high" risks to business and investors since 2010. More

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Medicarte uses RFID, biometrics to reduce counterfeiting
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Colombian pharmacy chain Medicarte has introduced an RFID solution designed to track the packaging of expensive cancer-treatment and hormone-replacement drugs, in order to ensure that discarded packaging is not reused by companies attempting to sell counterfeit pharmaceuticals. More

Postal closings postponed — Pony up your pallets!
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A month ago the headline coming out of the U.S. Postal Service news room was bleak: "Postal Service ends Fiscal Year 2011 with $5.1 billion loss." Profits bled out of many wounds, big and small. The biggest gusher only is increasing as the volume of first-class mail diminishes. Total 2011 mail volume declined by 3 billion pieces, or 1.7 percent, from 2010, the USPS announced. Its largest and most profitable product, First-Class Mail, continued its year-over-year decline, from $34.2 billion in 2010 to $32.2 billion in 2011 (5.8 percent). Priority, Express and Standard Mail provided the only bits of good news. Priority and Express increased 2011 revenue by $530 million (6.3 percent) over 2010. Standard Mail increased by $495 million (2.9 percent) on a volume increase of 2 billion pieces (2.6 percent). More
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