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Conveyors in manufacturing link people to safety, productivity
Material Handling & Logistics    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As plants across the U.S. ramp up production, manufacturers are finding more profitable ways to apply their conveyors and their people. Earlier this year President Barack Obama used his tour of the new Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to tout his plan to bring manufacturing back to the United States. Politics aside, it was an appropriate site to talk about such a goal because if it happens, conveyor manufacturers are likely to be among the first to experience it. More to acquire Kiva Systems
Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article Inc. has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Kiva Systems, a developer of mobile-robotic solutions that automate eCommerce order fulfillment and warehouse operations, for $775 million. More

GAO: Global IT supply chain poses new national security risk
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A new General Accounting Office report warns that the global supply chain of IT products could be putting national security at risk. The report said officals at the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, Justice and Defense told investigators from the GAO that they did not know the extent to which their telecommunications networks contained foreign-developed equipment, software or services. More

Supplemental Staffing: Waste or Valuable Asset?
If your customers demand 10 out of 10 service from you, why do you accept anything less from your staffing service provider? You’re not alone. Fewer than 40% of staffing users rate their service 9 or 10? Quality service is available if you rethink the purchasing process. Follow the link to find a better way to get real staffing solutions. more

New OSHA chemical labeling standards coming
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New OSHA changes for chemical labeling will incorporate several key elements of the United Nation's Globally Harmonized System of Chemical Labeling into the agency's own Hazard Communication Standards. These requirements will call for U.S.-based chemical manufacturers and chemical importers to ensure their chemical containers display a label similar to those now used in Europe and many other GHS adopters beginning June 1, 2015. More

Panama Canal CEO discusses the supply chain implications of the canal expansion project
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Alberto Alemán Zubieta, CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, the autonomous agency that manages the Panama Canal, discusses the progress and supply chain implications of the expansion of the canal, scheduled for completion in 2014. More

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'Undercover Boss' hits DC for 2nd time — and paints a lousy picture of work in the warehouse
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For the second time, the popular CBS show "Undercover Boss" planted a CEO inside one of his company's distribution centers, and once again — to no surprise — found the work a lot more challenging that he imagined. But this time, the message was a little darker: Working in a distribution center is just not really a very good job. The show is based on taking the CEO of a given company, and putting him or her in disguise in some normal work setting (a retail store, a factory, call center, etc.), usually introduced as a sort of special temporary employee. An excuse is made as to why the worker will be filmed doing various jobs at the site. More

Give credit where it's due
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You might remember the FedEx commercial "Stolen Idea." A boss asks his team for cost-cutting ideas and a young staffer suggests opening a account. Everyone is silent. The boss then repeats the suggestion, without crediting the staffer, and the rest of the team congratulates him on his brilliance. The commercial is funny because it reveals an all-too-common dynamic in team meetings: misallocation of credit (or blame). What's not funny is the result: stifled collaboration, reduced innovation and limited growth. More

The logistics of greener supply chains
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Much research has focused on green technologies and management practices in the manufacturing industry. But how do companies in other parts of the supply chain "go green"? Logistics companies provide services such as warehousing, transportation, inventory management, order processing and packaging, implying they can have a substantial environmental footprint. As many are also small businesses (82 percent of firms surveyed had fewer than 300 employees), logistics firms can be dogged by resource and knowledge constraints. More

Automation: Growth via software and conveyors
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Bob Trebilcock writes, "Every company tries to set itself apart with something it believes it does better than the competition. How is viastore going to market? It was a question I posed to Bill Ostermeyer, viastore's vice president of sales, when I visited the company in Grand Rapids a few weeks ago. For those keeping score, viastore will be number 18 on Modern's 2012 Top 20 System Supplier list with $125 million in 2011 revenue. As he answered the question, Ostermeyer outlined those things he thinks viastore brings to the table on a white board in the company's conference room." More
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Radioactive scrap metal is new threat to global supply chains
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World leaders are meeting in Seoul to discuss nuclear security concerns, including the growing threat of radioactive material in the global scrap metal supply chain. According to a recent article at Bloomberg Businessweek, industries around the world are confronting the impact of loose nuclear (i.e., radioactive) material in an international scrap-metal market worth at least $140 billion. More

Problem: Unreadable bar code labels
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The solution for cookware-maker World Kitchen was a printer with verification technology that ensures shipping labels are 100 percent scannable, 100 percent of the time. More

SCM30: What can we learn from supply chain management mistakes?
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This blog article is the result of a compilation of shared insights and observations of experienced practitioners in the supply chain management field. This author regrets that all of the insights could not be published in order to maintain the brevity of this article. The full contributions can be viewed here. More

Market volatility leads to focus on supply chain improvements
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Business executives around the world continue to worry about market volatility and economic uncertainty; however, most feel their companies are better prepared to handle these challenges than they were during the economic slowdown of 2008-2009, according to new research from Capgemini Consulting. The study, which surveyed 350 supply chain executives from leading companies across Europe, the U.S., Latin America and Asia-Pacific, found the following. More

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Making decisions in groups
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This article includes a podcast and transcript of an interview with Tom Davenport, Babson College professor and co-author of "Judgment Calls: Twelve Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams That Got Them Right." More

China's packaging presence growing
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President Barack Obama's late-March trip to the Far East put China in the media spotlight as a potential partner in pressuring North Korea on matters of international security. But for those of us in the packaging community, China was, is, and will continue to be a major factor. Case in point: "China is aiming to become the world's largest packaging producer by the end of 2012, according to research by financial advisory firm Catalyst Corporate Finance," said a Sept. 11, 2011, Packaging News article. More

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Measuring your team's success
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Alex "Sandy" Pentland, director of MIT's Human Dynamics Laboratory, discusses the sociometric badge, a wearable electronic sensor that uses patterns of communication to measure a team's productivity. More

Shipping safety and risk since Titanic
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Despite greatly improved safety records in the century since Titanic, the maritime industry faces new challenges driven by the continued growth of worldwide shipping, according to specialist marine insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty. In the 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic, the world commercial shipping fleet has grown to more than 100,000 vessels, yet overall shipping loss rates have declined from one ship per 100 per year in 1912 to one ship per 670 per year in 2009. More

Monkeying around with the supply chain: The chaos monkey strikes!
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John Westerveld writes, "Do you have a supply chain risk management process in place? Have you evaluated the possible risks and built contingencies? How fast can you recover if a key component is no longer available? Maybe you have contingency plans in place, but how effective are they? Someone forwarded this article to me from Forbes. It outlines an interesting approach to supply chain risk management. It's based on a process used at Netflix where they test their distributed systems by killing (temporarily) various sub-systems to ensure that the other sub-systems can compensate for the missing system." More
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