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WERC's 2011 DC measure study available

A research-based report on 44 key warehousing metrics. The measures have been grouped into five balanced sets, customer, operational, financial, capacity/quality and employee — plus the additional sets related to perfect order and cash-to-cash cycle measurement.

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Annual WERC DC metrics study finds leaders extending their lead
Supply Chain Digest    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As usual, the annual benchmark study of DC performance metrics was released at the Warehouse Education and Resource Council's annual conference, held recently in Orlando, Fla. The study, now in its eighth year, is based on responses from more than 500 logistics professionals, and is compiled and analyzed by Dr. Karl Manrodt of Georgia Southern University, and Kate Vitasek and Joseph Tillerman of Supply Chain Visions. The study looks at a wide variety of metrics, and breaks the responses down into quintiles, or 20 percent ranges that go from "best in class" at the top to "Major Opportunity" at the bottom, a euphemism for the worst 20 percent of performers in each category. More

PRESS RELEASE: AVNET selects Swisslog

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Bob Shecterle: Surviving medical device recalls depends on automation, integration, collaboration
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No one wants to deal with a product recall. But, for those in the medical device and life sciences industries, the challenges are more intense than ever before. Globalization has created elongated supply chains, and that elongation has decreased visibility and complicated communication. Obviously, that's not a desirable combination at all, considering that delays in handling a medical device recall can literally mean the difference between life and death. Fortunately, many medical device and diagnostic manufacturers are now taking a hard look at their existing processes so that they can improve the way they manage product recalls. More

Cargo theft: The new highway robbery
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At twilight on June 17, 2009, Ricky Gene McNew pulled his plum-red big rig into a TravelCenters of America truck stop in Denmark, Tenn. McNew had been driving all afternoon, starting from Louisville, Ky., and hauling $10 million in pharmaceuticals. He was bound for Memphis, to the warehouse of a medical supply wholesaler. McNew filled his tank and headed into the truck stop for a shower. When he came out, his truck was gone. The thieves had stolen goods worth about 100 times the average taken in a bank robbery, and there wasn't a single witness. More

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

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Improve sustainability using production management, execution solutions
IndustryWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sustainability is an initiative increasingly essential to the core business model of many companies. There are many diverse perspectives on sustainability. Some companies consider it to be the burden of more government regulations, new compliance requirements and higher manufacturing costs. However, industry-leading companies recognize that sustainability can actually be a business driver for next-generation products, more efficient operations and increased profitability. Many major manufacturing organizations now include the topic of sustainability on their websites, in their marketing literature and investor relation information — recognizing its value to customers, consumers and the public at large. More

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Steve Gerrard: Conquering the curse of the warehouse
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Many enterprises operate in markets that reward agility in distribution logistics, yet they struggle with warehouse technologies that are rigid and expensive to change. The paradox is that the very technologies that boosted performance when first implemented can become a boat anchor preventing the operation from evolving to the next level. Why? The curse of many technology-enabled warehouses is their reliance on highly customized, one-of-a-kind software applications that are specifically crafted for the operation. While they seem like a great idea when they're on the drawing board, such software handcuffs the company to a very high-cost-to-change scenario. More

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Keep your next DC project alive through vendor collaboration
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As the economy continues to improve, many companies we interview are starting to give serious thought to upgrading their operations. They recognize that equipment and system control technologies have advanced allowing new systems to run more efficiently while yielding higher levels of performance and throughput. Material handling systems install over a decade ago are not going to be as robust as a newly designed system. However, much of the new technology, such as Warehouse Control Systems, can be adapted to existing operations. This is especially true for picking and sorting operations. But, how does a company with an older DC operation know where to begin the upgrading process? More
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End-to-End Fulfillment Systems
Cornerstone Automation Systems offers order picking systems and a full line of technologies to automate order fulfillment requirements, ranging from operator assisted to fully automatic fulfillment. CASI builds turnkey systems to optimize end-to-end fulfillment including receiving, putaway, picking, shipping, and sortation.
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Built to last
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Sustainability is about a lot more than saving energy, Dale Rogers says. It's also about adopting business and supply chain practices that ensure a long life for a company, argues Rogers, who is professor of logistics and supply chain management and co-director of the Center for Supply Chain Management at Rutgers University. And it involves practices that pay off not only in building a reputation for corporate good citizenship, but in long-term prosperity. More

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Cheerleader or lean leader? Encouragement without lean competence makes for a leader unworthy of trust
IndustryWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Arthur Lonnie Wilson writes, "My firm spends a lot of time working with clients who are struggling, or have struggled, to successfully implement lean initiatives. We have found common denominators that cause these culture-changing events to fail, and the failing that raises its ugly head way too often is inadequate leadership. One aspect of leadership inadequacy that is hardly ever spoken of is the trustworthy nature— or lack thereof — of management and leadership. Leadership that is untrustworthy? It is not often spoken of, but trust is a foundational issue in any relationship, and the relationship of a lean leader to his/her subordinates and peers is no exception. More

The ROI on supply chain talent? Priceless.
Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Public education is starting to adopt the airlines' model of a la carte pricing. If your children want to take a lot of specialized courses and extracurricular activities to prepare themselves for lucrative careers, it's going to cost you plenty in fees. So, say you shell out for all these programs, what's your return on that investment? Maybe the kids eventually get the jobs of their dreams. What's that worth to you? Supply chain officers face a similar challenge when trying to raise talented individuals in their organizations. More

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Bob Trebilcock: It's all about labor
Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, I wrote a column on the prospects for materials handling automation over the next four or five years. In part, I believe our opportunities lie in labor-related issues. Wages in China and other emerging economies are rising, which makes moving manufacturing back to the United States more attractive if other costs make sense. At the same time, American manufacturers and distributors are grappling with their own set of labor issues, including the silver tsunami, a shortage of skilled labor for manufacturing and a shortage of labor willing to work in a distribution center. More

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Top priorities for consumer products chain
Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The consumer products industry will need more than supply chain processes to succeed in the coming year and beyond. They also will need the discipline to be flexible yet strategic, according to the supply chain consultants at Tompkins Associates. This firm also cites globalization in China, mergers and acquisitions, and taking inventory management to a new level. The firm recommends companies associated with the consumer products supply chain focus on dealing with the following 11 trends. More

UT Knoxville calls in some heavy hitters
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Knoxville, Tenn., was the place to be last month if you were looking for supply chain heavy hitters. Executives from 30 companies, all with titles of vice president of supply chain or above, gathered at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's Global Supply Chain Institute for the inaugural meeting of a new advisory board. UT Knoxville set up the advisory board with two objectives in mind: to solicit advice from supply chain leaders on its domestic and global supply chain programs, and to give these leaders a venue for discussing the latest supply chain trends and benchmark best practices. The board will meet quarterly through a Web conference. More

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Five Million Possible Configurations.
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KNAPP - Making Complexity Simple!

From manual to fully automated goods-to-person picking and storage systems to intelligent warehouse control software, Knapp can make your complex operation simple!

Assign Product to the Correct Storage Medium

Using data from an operation’s inventory UNEX’s in-house slotting software (SKUBE) will analyze and assign product to the correct storage medium. This assures that the proper Carton Flow Solution & Investment is applied for any stand-alone or integrated Order Picking System.
Weber Logistics
- Delivering Value Through Innovation
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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