|Jul. 11, 2013|
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Improving conveyor system efficiency drives higher yield
Supply Chain Digest
Increasing the throughput of a conveyor system usually means increasing equipment speeds. With thousands of feet of conveyor and hundreds of individual power units, this can be a daunting, time-consuming and expensive task. An easier and much quicker solution is to update software and controls so that the conveyor equipment can physically handle more product. This approach is gaining favor thanks to advanced software and controls that permit higher product density per lineal foot of conveyor thus increasing the systems throughput capacity without increasing equipment speed.More
What ails the pharmaceutical supply chain?
The 21st Century Supply Chain
It is always dangerous to draw too many parallels between companies, and yet benchmarking is one of the most effective ways of expressing comparative performance. The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25, which was started by AMR nearly 10 years ago, is an annual ritual that draws a great deal of attention. The Garter Supply Chain Top 25 also draws some criticism because it tries to compare companies across industries. Nevertheless there are a few supply chain insights we can draw from the list in general and for the pharmaceutical supply chain manufacturers in particular.More
OEE in packaging: Deceptively simple
Overall equipment effectiveness is being used with increasing frequency in the packaging industry. The reason for its popularity lies in the fact that the metric is easy to understand and relatively easy to apply. However, it is also easy to misuse. Here's how to avoid doing so.More
Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of WERCWatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WERC, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More
How US manufacturers save on logistics south of the border
Material Handling & Logistics
American OEMs operating in Mexico are saving money and improving efficiency by sourcing from U.S. suppliers located south of the border. Even after considerable NAFTA-related growth, the capacity of transportation and ports of entry into Mexico has lagged behind demand. Other factors, including counter-terrorism measures at the border and extended waiting times at customs, have contributed to congestion at ports of entry, resulting in unpredictable delays and higher costs in shipping materials from the U.S. to south of the border.More
Obama climate change plan and the supply chain
The Green Supply Chain
President Barack Obama recently announced preliminary plans to reduce U.S. carbon emissions, in part after ongoing criticism from many environmental quarters that he was not doing enough to reduce U.S. greenhouse gases. Of course, almost anything to do with energy is likely to have some supply chain impact, and we look at some of the primary ones in the plan here.More
Need logistics talent? The government's here to help
Chain of Thought
Tom Andel writes, "I received an email from the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education (SCTE) recently. They're located at Norco College in Norco, Calif., and they want to fill your material handling and logistics talent gap — with some help from the National Science Foundation. The NSF created the SCTE in 2011, by means of a $3.5 million grant. The purpose of the SCTE's email was to introduce a job function many employers may not know exists: supply chain technician. The SCTE implies that even if nobody actually holds this title yet, many soon will."More
10 steps to improve efficiencies in the pharmaceutical supply chain
It is imperative that steps be taken in the near future to improve efficiencies and attempt to cut costs in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Here are 10 ways this could be done.More
5 transitions great leaders make that average leaders don't
The secret to leadership is there aren't any real secrets. The best leaders have simply gone to school on improving their tradecraft. While the capabilities possessed by the best leaders might seem otherworldly to many, they are merely the outcome of hard work, experience, perspective, and yes, a bit of luck. The best leaders have just learned to make certain transitions that less effective leaders curiously remain blind to.More
Warehouse layout and design best practices
Proper warehouse design up front helps avoid costly construction surprises, says Scott Pribula, Market Sector Leader, Manufacturers & Distributors Group, TranSystems.More
Which behaviors must leaders avoid?
Harvard Business Review
If you want to empower, engage or motivate others, don't just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to stop doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good.More
Why do new distribution centers fail?
David K. Schneider, force multiplier of David K. Schneider & Co., outlines five hallmarks of failure to explain why most DC startups don't succeed.More
Manufacturing, logistics industries ranked in all 50 states
New York's manufacturing sector receives an F and its logistics gets a C. The situation isn't much better for several nearby states, according to the 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card, an in-depth analysis from Ball State University's Center for Business and Economic Research. The report grades all 50 states, ranking several areas of the economy.More
De Wolky Shop reduces stock-outs, boosts sales with RFID
Using an RFID-enabled inventory- and retail-management system provided by Nedap Retail, Dutch shoe retailer De Wolky Shop has significantly reduced its incidence of inventory errors. During the first two weeks of using the system, the company found that its stock accuracy jumped from 84 percent to 98 percent. Those accuracy gains, the company reports, led to fewer stock-outs and an increase in sales.More