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    Labor concerns, sourcing strategies shifting
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Global trade intelligence provider Panjiva and The Global Sourcing Council, a nonprofit organization that fosters dialog on critical issues in global sourcing and supply chain management, has unveiled a joint report, The State of Global Trade in 2012, which highlights key concerns, challenges and opportunities facing those engaged in global trade. Based on a survey of buyers and suppliers worldwide, the report found that half of global trade professionals are optimistic about the global economy in 2012 and nearly three quarters plan to spend at or above 2011 levels. More

    Conveyor, sorter, and operational modifications yield expanded system capability and performance
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    If you are considering replacing existing conveyor equipment to improve DC performance, it could be that some of the additional capability you need is already in place just waiting to be turned on. First, examine what you have and check with your equipment or system provider to inquire about embedded features and capabilities. This is a smart thing to do because most system providers include standard features in their offerings that are not enabled during initial installation usually because the operation didn't call for them at that time. More

    EIA data: Connecticut has highest diesel excise taxes in US
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Attention truckers: Looking to fill up your rigs as you ply the interstate highways? Well, you might want to ensure you have enough fuel to bypass Connecticut. The Nutmeg State charges a pocket-pinching $0.462 a gallon in diesel fuel excise taxes, by far the highest of any state in the country, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Washington state was the second highest at $0.375 a gallon. North Carolina was next at $0.35 a gallon. Connecticut also levies a 7 percent "gross earnings tax" on top of the diesel excise taxes, according to the EIA. More

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    6 signs you're too nice of a boss
    CBS MoneyWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A good leader not only has great knowledge and insight, but the softer people skills to utilize them. Still, for every manager there's a fine line between being empathetic and friendly and being a feckless pushover. More

    How to be a better shipper in 4 easy steps
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    What makes a good shipper? That may be the most important question facing the trucking industry today. How shippers answer it — and carrier perceptions of that response — could determine if and how freight gets moved, the cost of moving the goods, and how effectively this large and important business is able to function at a critical point in its history. More

    AS/RS cranes streamline storage
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The latest automatic storage and retrieval technology makes good use of energy, space and time in high-bay warehouses. Automated storage and retrieval systems are computer-controlled material handling machines for automatically depositing, storing and retrieving unit loads from defined storage locations. Central to the AS/RS is its stacker cranes which permit full-pallet load and layered-pallet inventory to be moved quickly, safely and precisely within a high-bay warehouse environment. More

    Strategic questions for an accelerating world
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    If you feel like the pace of competition is increasing, you're right. Tectonic shifts in culture and technology over the past decade have rapidly accelerated change in the market. As a result, business strategy today is less about conceiving and executing a brilliant master plan and more about shaping an organization that can quickly launch and learn from smart innovations. How do you evolve your organization and your strategy regularly and rapidly in order to compete? The following are five ways to start. More


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    industrial shelving, mezzanines, pick modules, and more. Our in-house installation team travels throughout the United States and has experience installing all types of products.

    SCM30: What are the 3 greatest advancements in supply chain management?
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Trevor Miles writes, "I have always suffered from 'a kid in a candy store' syndrome, and when Lauren Bossers asked me to write about the three greatest advancement in supply chain management over the past 30 years, I was over the moon. But in truth, I turn quickly into a deer in the headlights. Paralyzed more by choice than by fear in this case. But I guess I am paralyzed by the fear of making the wrong choice given the wide range of choice." More

    Alien Technology releases pre-encoded Higgs-4 chip
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    RFID tag manufacturer Alien Technology has announced that its Higgs-4 EPC Gen 2 IC is now commercially available. The new chip, Alien reports, will quadruple the speed of writing to tags, from approximately 1,000 to about 4,000 tags per minute. The faster speed, according to the company, should be a particular benefit to product manufacturers that apply item-level passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID tags to their products destined for retailers. More

    Grant available for safety training
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is soliciting applications under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program to fund training for workers and employers in recognizing workplace hazards and control measures, and understanding their rights and responsibilities. A total of $1.2 million is available to employer associations; labor unions; joint labor/management associations; colleges and universities; nonprofit, and community and faith-based organizations. 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
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    Building the supply chain from the shelf back research
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    They might not have invented to the term, but we first started hearing about the concept of "Building the Supply Chain from the Shelf Back" from Procter & Gamble in the mid-2000s or so. The idea came out just about the same time as we started hearing insights about different "moments of truth," one of which, Proctor and Gamble said, was when the consumer faced the shelf and made the decision whether or not to put a given product in his or her cart. One obvious implication: that purchase decision isn't going to happen if the product is not on the shelf. More

    Cisco connects logistics to market performance
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When Cisco Systems bought Scientific Atlanta six years ago, one of the side benefits of that deal was getting Jack Allen. He's now Cisco's senior director of logistics and manufacturing solutions, and is dedicated to helping the company's CEO John Chambers sharpen its focus on two priorities: its customers and its core business. Cisco's core business is providing network-centric enterprise platforms to customers around the world. Forecasting in this fickle business is tough. But recent growth has made transportation strategy more challenging for Cisco, he said. More

    Office Depot reduces packaging waste
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Office Depot, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., is a global provider of office supplies and services that help customers save time. Founded in 1986, Office Depot offers a broad selection of nationally branded and private-brand office products including general office and computer supplies, business machines, furniture and services including copy and print, shipping and technology support. More

    KNAPP - "Making Complexity Simple!"

    KNAPP Logistics Automation provides automated warehouse solutions and warehouse logistics software. Innovative technology + Global experience + Superior solutions = Market advantage for our clients!! MORE

    What's ahead for LSPs?
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.K.'s The Economist featured an opinion column last summer on "The trouble with outsourcing." When The Economist, arguably the best newspaper (their term) or news magazine in the world, speaks, we listen. Recognizing that outsourcing (offshored and otherwise) has transformed the global economy, they nonetheless questioned how long the boom can last and whether the practice is actually useful. One telling citation was a report of an upswing in legal disputes over outsourcing. More

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    USF Polytechnic researchers help Cephalon improve item-level RFID performance
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Following more than five months of research conducted last year using a closed-loop conveyor at their laboratory, researchers at the University of South Florida Polytechnic were able to boost item-level RFID tag read-write accuracy from approximately 80 percent to 99.5 percent during a pilot of the technology being carried out by Cephalon Pharmaceuticals. At the lab, the research team was able to create a more effective RFID system by adjusting the settings within the reader software, repositioning the reader antennas and testing the effectiveness of various makes and models of tags and reader antennas. More

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