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Systems Logic, the pioneers of Visual Logistics take their turnkey WMS solution on a coast to coast tour.

Learn how Systems Logic helped D+S Distribution (Wooster, OH) go paperless, reduce administrative costs by 60%, and achieve an inventory accuracy of over 99.993%, in under 4 months!

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Finally, a positive way to get OSHA's attention
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When I say "workplace safety," what comes to mind? Maybe it's a lift truck operator wearing a seat belt. It could be a safety gate separating someone on a mezzanine from a steep fall. On the other hand, if your workplace has suffered from a rash of lost-time injuries, the image of an OSHA inspector, scribbling in his citation book, still might be imprinted on your brain. He may have been writing you up for operators not wearing restraints or for employees being denied the benefits of fall protection. This isn't just a mind game. If you can think of a particularly strong image you might win a prize — courtesy of OSHA. The agency recently announced a nationwide photography contest called "Picture It! Safe Workplaces for Everyone." They want anyone with a passion for photography to "capture an image of workplace safety and health and share it with the agency." More

PRESS RELEASE: AVNET selects Swisslog

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3 technologies that will change the logistics game
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What technologies will have the biggest impact on logistics and supply chain management in the coming year? A panel of information technology experts offered their thoughts on that question at eyefortransport's 13th annual Logistics CIO and Supply Chain Technology Forum in Chicago recently. The experts agreed that three technologies in particular bear watching: mobile computing, analytics software and social media. Mobile computing devices, whether in the form of smartphones or tablet computers, could have a more far-reaching impact on logistics than anyone ever imagined, according to the panelists. The appeal of these devices lies largely in their flexibility. More

Aon's 2011 Global Risk Management Survey's top 10 risks
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As companies dig out from the worst recession since the 1930s, business leaders continue to feel the threat of sustained economic trouble. This persistent concern is front and center in Aon's 2011 Global Risk Management Survey, which polled nearly 1,000 business professionals from 58 countries. The survey found that the economic slowdown is the No. 1 risk facing organizations across all geographies, with 67 percent of respondents reporting loss of income in the last 12 months associated with this risk. More

Interlink Technologies is consistently ranked in the Top 100 WMS technology providers.

Interlink provides reliable WMS technology, accurate information, dependable partnership and peace of mind! THINK INTERLINK! Celebrating 25 Years of WMS Experience in 2011.

Harnessing the benefits of open-source sustainability tools    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The bedrock of capitalism based around innovation has for years been the idea that when someone invents a unique and in-demand product or service, it should be patented and protected at all costs. But a growing number of companies are turning the concept of intellectual capital on its head in the name of sustainability. Count IBM, Nike and the Outdoor Industry Association among the growing list of business interests turning to open source models to lower costs and scale best practices and technologies. "If you invent something really, really cool, it's going to be worth something," said Michel Gelobter, chief green officer at software firm Hara. More

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Jane Marshall: Critical data issues to be considered in structuring the outsourced supply chain data model — Part 1
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Outsourcing manufacturing to specialists who can provide unique value and drive down costs is now the business norm. While companies may be going about it with more caution and consideration than perhaps in the early 2000s, the manufacturing outsourcing model itself is not in question. Brand owners are quick to discover that the first critical impact of outsourcing is the loss of visibility of detailed supply and demand data that they once held in their own ERP systems. Without this visibility, they cannot make information-based supply management decisions. While getting access to detailed supplier supply and demand data is usually their first focus, it soon becomes apparent that tools that can allow them to view, analyze and manipulate this data are also a very high priority. More

Jane Marshall: Critical data issues to be considered in structuring the outsourced supply chain data model — Part 2
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As demand fluctuates and supply plans are adjusted, it is important to be able to quickly determine if contractual terms are being violated. More

Selecting Mobile Computing Solutions with Confidence

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Grunnarbeid manages tools with RFID
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Grunnarbeid, a Norwegian building, construction and highways contractor, is testing a solution that employs RFID and GPS to identify the location and status of tools on construction sites. The system — provided by Norwegian RFID software company TraceTracker, telecommunications company Telenor Objects and RFID integrator HRAFN — consists of a customized computer wired to an RFID reader, GPS unit and cellular device, installed in containers or vehicles that transport and store equipment. With RFID tags applied to the equipment, TraceTracker software can identify which tools are within read range of the reader, and thereby know whether they are still in storage in that container or vehicle, or have been removed, presumably by construction staff. More
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Cliff Holste: Managing slow movers — A renewed sense of urgency
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Consumer belt tightening has been a reality for some time now. One of the consequences is that many once popular items now are collecting dust in DCs across the supply chain spectrum. Before you know, it slow-moving SKUs begin to accumulate in active inventory positions reducing picking productivity as well as slotting capacity for new items. It's not uncommon for some of these SKUs to have zero sales for a prolong period of time. While there are many reasons (excuses) for the accumulation of products in the DC that have lost their luster, there are few strategies for mitigating their negative effect on inventory turns and productivity. More

MIT study: Biofuel not necessarily greenest choice
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Biomass used to make biofuels must be carefully sourced, or the biofuels they produce may be no greener than conventional jet fuel. That's according to a study that was published recently in the online version of Environmental Science and Technology and was conducted by a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For the nearly four-year study, researchers conducted a life-cycle analysis on 14 diesel and jet fuel sources made from feedstocks, and identified the key factors that make a difference in whether a biofuel is truly an environmental improvement over conventional jet fuel. More

Don't Miss MODEXSM 2012

See and compare solutions for your manufacturing, logistics and supply chain operations and network with your peers at MODEX 2012. Discover equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest supply chain innovations and leading trends. Explore 500 exhibits and choose from a variety of educational sessions.

Supply chain issues among top risks for US tech companies
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U.S. technology companies are growing increasingly concerned about supply chain issues. New research by BDO USA LLP found that U.S. and foreign supplier concerns/supply chain issues now are considered a top risk factor by 86 percent of the 100 largest publicly traded technology companies analyzed — that's up 15 percent from last year's survey results. Even so, supply chain issues came in tied for sixth place on the list of top 10 risk factors. The following is the complete list. More

Ravi Puvan: For supply chain management, not all in-memory databases make the cut
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There has been a lot of talk about in-memory databases, but it's important to recognize that not all in-memory databases are created equal. Typically, these mega-software vendors' databases are optimized for performing queries on large but fairly simple data sets. While some of the query times cited are appealing, raw query performance is only a part of the equation — and I would argue, that it's the easy part. Certainly, the ability to query millions of records in a couple of seconds is scientifically interesting, but there is little business value in query speed. Business value comes from computational speed: the speed it takes to support an online and mobile supply chain community of thousands simultaneously performing complex "what-if" scenarios and analytics on large data sets. More


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The ins and outs of visibility
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Whoever said information is everything could have been talking about the business of logistics and distribution management. Just ask any company that has invested in tracking and tracing technology. These systems, which typically combine data capture technology with sophisticated software, take the guesswork out of determining the whereabouts of items — whether they're inside a DC or somewhere in a far-flung global distribution network. Almost without exception, companies that use this technology say it has allowed them to take service and performance to the next level. What follows is a look at two companies that have implemented visibility systems and the advantages they've gained. More

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Dan Gilmore: Ideas for reducing transport costs given rising fuel prices
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Well, oil futures recently have "plummeted" to a mere $98 per barrel or so, a level that as I noted a couple of months ago that seemed like the end of the world less than five years ago. Now we complain but take it pretty much in stride. Although some are predicting it will reach $150 or so again before too long, and others citing even higher figures over the coming years, I am not so sure about that. First, in the U.S. at least, $4 per gallon of gasoline does seem to be some sort of upward bound that leads to changing consumer behavior and thus demand destruction that acts as a counterbalance to upward pressures on price. Not sure if this is the same elsewhere — did you know, for example, that China significantly subsidizes gas prices for consumers and truckers? More

Are rising oil prices really good for the biofuel industry?
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At face value, the recent run-up in the price of petroleum, caused by political instability in the Middle East and related factors, would seem to be a boon for the future of biofuel. Currently, the U.S. price of oil is hovering around $100 per barrel, the level at which it is said ethanol becomes commercially competitive with it. This has sparked renewed discussion of U.S. energy independence, a central theme in the latest State of the Union address. The Environmental Protection Agency has approved raising the allowable percentage of ethanol in gasoline in newer cars from its previous level of 10 percent to 15 percent. According to the Department of Agriculture, refiners will produce an estimated 13.5 billion gallons of ethanol in 2011, more than six times the amount produced in 2002. More

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Assign Product to the Correct Storage Medium

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Weber Logistics is a nationwide provider of logistics and supply chain solutions. Weber's expertise encompasses contract and shared warehousing management, freight management, and LTL and TL transportation management. Specific value-added services include temperature-controlled environments, cross docking, transloading, pool distribution, network optimization modeling and analysis, retail compliance, and supply chain management.
Interlake Mecalux models EasyWMS at WERC
Interlake Mecalux will demonstrate the upgrades made to its innovative EasyWMS software at the Orlando conference. EasyWMS standardizes warehouse functionality while also allowing for customization among individual facilities. It is this customization on which Interlake Mecalux will look to shine the brightest light during the four-day conference.
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