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2012 is the ninth year for the WERC's annual warehouse benchmarking study, "DC Measures." The heart of this study is to help practitioners gain a better understanding of key distribution metrics and report how performance has changed over time. From on-time shipments to percent of orders shipped complete ... the study reports 44 operational metrics.

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  • US companies must raise the bar on supply chain conditions
    Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In the modern economy, supply chains stretch across the globe, creating both efficiencies and risks. Severe weather spurred by climate change, human rights abuses, worker health and safety or environmental degradation — any of these can trigger disruption and financial losses for corporations and their investors. A supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. More

    Reducing flow times in supply chains
    The Operations Room    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    An interesting supply chain story in one graphic ... This comes courtesy of a Wall Street Journal story on how 3M has worked to simplify their supply chains. The product in question here is a simple plastic hook that once logged over a thousand miles crisscrossing the Midwest in the process of being made. More


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    Supply chain management as a service — Is it real?
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Kerry Zuber: As the old song goes, "the times are-a-changing." I was captivated this weekend by a blog post from Lora Cecere who went to great pains to highlight the revolution needed in supply chain management to take things to the next level. No prisoners were taken in this post when examining the actions of all the players, from the big name ERPs to the analysts themselves. More

    10 practices to secure the supply chain
    BankInfoSecurity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Guidance that identifies 10 overarching practices to mitigate supply chain risks is being developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Supply chain risks can occur when organizations purchase and implement information and communications technology products and services. More

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    Vicarious liability lawsuits hitting shippers
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A Vested partnership with a supplier, 3PL or transportation provider can help insulate a business from "vicarious liability" lawsuits, according to TranzAct Inside, a group that provides information and research on transportation management. In its new executive briefing, "27 Million Reasons for Shippers to Address Vicarious Liability," "vicarious liability" is described as a form of secondary liability that assigns responsibility to the superior for the acts of their subordinate, i.e., the responsibility of any third party that had the "right, ability or duty to control" the activities of a violator. More

    All staffing companies the same?
    Think again, for three years straight Allegiance Staffing has received the prestigious "Best in Staffing" award by its customers. That places them in the top 1/2 of 1% of all staffing companies nationally. Meet Allegiance at this years WERC/WIRE conference. Three opportunities: Booth 1316, presentation "Human Capital the full monty" and round table "How to deal with temp companies". Follow the link to find a better way to get real staffing solutions.

    Scrubbing of higher truck weight, size limits costs shippers billions
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    What would happen if the nation went to a 97,000-pound gross vehicle weight limit on its interstate highways? MillerCoors, the giant Chicago-based brewer, estimates it could cut by 25 percent the number of trucks it deploys each week to move products from its eight breweries to its six distribution centers. That would translate into 1.15 million fewer vehicle miles traveled each week, the company said. Based on a diesel fuel price of $4.50 a gallon, Miller estimates it could cut its weekly fuel bill by nearly $181,000 and reduce weekly carbon emissions by more than 4.5 million pounds. More

    Pain points in business forecasting
    SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    People, processes and technology are the three key areas where companies are experiencing "pain points" in their forecasting efforts, says Eric Ball, solutions manager with Avercast LLC. The people side is especially vital, given the trend within many companies of "trying to do more with less." Too often, businesses rely on a new piece of technology to improve their forecasting, ignoring the need for humans to run the system. "Coupled with budget cutbacks left and right, developing personnel is a tremendous issue," Ball says. More

    10 steps to quality supplier relations
    Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Probing the 2012 regulatory landscape, quality and risk managers want to know, "Specifically, how do we start a program of compliance?" The answer is: Start with No. 1 below. Then proceed to No. 2. Quality programs don't have to be drudgery; they can be rational, engaging, dynamic processes. When it comes to suppliers, think "alliance," not "compliance." More

    Retail container traffic should be up this summer
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports will be flat in May compared with the same month last year, but is expected to see solid year-over-year increases through this summer and the back-to-school season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. More

    Play it cool, boy — real cool
    Supply Chain Digital    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    There are three pieces of information every manager needs to know about perishable products in their supply chain. Airplane seats are a good example. Airlines know the number of open seats on the flight, the airport at which they're located and the time the flight departs. You wouldn't consider managing with less information. It's the epitome of a perishable product — the open seats become worthless at the moment of the plane's departure. More

    Container shipping: Boxed in
    The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When Frank Loesser penned Slow Boat to China he was actually romanticizing a common poker player's wish to be trapped with a cash-rich good loser for a long time. Container shipping lines are currently slowing their vessels to and from China. Their shareholders have already been big losers yet the end of the voyage is not in sight. The share prices of container shipping companies rallied sharply early this year on hopes the worst of the industry's downturn was over. But a rash of gloomy updates has followed. More

    Apple's iPhone 5 plan rocks global e-supply chain
    Computerworld    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    VideoBriefFinancial reports from high-tech companies don't make the world's greatest reading at the moment. In the post-PC era, things are changing, markets are depressed, sales are slowing, things aren't pretty, and that's the big brands. Spare a thought then for all those smaller firms engaged in component supply for global tech firms. Spare a thought and then note Citibank's claims that if you took Apple out the equation, the electronics supply chain would be shrinking. More

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    Unilever supply chain breaks into world top 10
    Business Wire via The Street    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Unilever achieved 10th place in the 2012 Gartner Supply Chain Top 25. The result is Unilever's best-ever performance in the index and an improvement of five places compared with 2011. The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 recognizes the world's leading supply chains across all industries. The Top 25 companies were selected from a total of more than 298 companies assessed by Gartner analysts. Unilever was the top European-headquartered company to feature in the list and was rated third among FMCG companies. More

    Business leaders need systemic thinking for sustainability
    The Guardian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is crucial for business leaders to change their ways and understand that they are working within a web of interdependent ecological and social systems. The economy is in the tank and thousands of people are out of work. At the same time, the planet is dangerously heating up and ecological systems are declining. What are we to make of these troubles? Are they merely the result of poor policies? Or is something more fundamental at play? More

    Armstrong & Associates: 3PL market shows decent gains from 2010 to 2011
    Logistics Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Data from supply chain consultancy Armstrong & Associates showed that total global third-party logistics gross revenue in 2011 at $133.8 billion in 2011 was up 5.2 percent over 2010. Net revenues — at an estimated $61 billion posted a 5.9 percent annual gain. More

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    Brazil looks to create a supply chain and industry base of SMEs
    Flightglobal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    While Embraer has been an enormous success story for the Brazilian economy, the rest of its aerospace industry has lagged behind. Compared with the aerospace sectors in Canada or many European countries, Brazil lacks a supply chain of sizeable small and medium-size enterprises. Embraer has tended to use local firms only for simple, build-to-print manufacturing, turning to international risk-sharing partners when it comes to major sub-systems development. More

    Service you should and shouldn't expect
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Third-party logistics services come in many flavors, but a client's ability to match expectations with their selection will determine the taste left in his or her mouth. The more challenges and opportunities logistics managers face, the more services and capabilities third-party logistics providers offer to maintain their own competitive edge. Problems arise, however, when the expectations of clients in a 3PL relationship don't match the business realities of their service provider. More

    Support for material handling equipment makers' confidence
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Consumer and investor confidence continue to improve as do unemployment, industrial production activity and factory operating rates (utilization). All are favorably impacting material handling equipment manufacturing, according to the Material Handling Industry of America's latest MHEM forecast, developed by Hal Vandiver, MHIA's executive consultant. Both residential and non-residential construction will contribute greatly to positive growth through 2014. More

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