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The greening of business sustainability
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Outside of the theological debates about what's good for the planet and whether global warming is real, sustainability is about making and saving money in business. Sometimes the greener route is also the more profitable. For example, take the amount of energy your business has to buy to run its data center. How much of that energy do you suppose goes to actual computing power, and how much is wasted? More

Thinking sortation for distribution? What will the costs be?
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As the economy and distribution volumes expand, interest in sortation systems for distribution is also on the increase, according to many materials handling providers and consultants. Sortation systems are integrated material handling systems that provide some level of automation of order picking, order consolidation and often truck loading processes. In the most typical example, cases are "batch picked" onto a conveyor in a pick module and transported to a sorter, which sends each carton down the appropriate divert lane for customer pallet building or direct truck loading. More

Rental pallets certified safe for food chain
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NSF International gave its Food Equipment Certification to the recyclable plastic rental pallets offered by Intelligent Global Pooling Systems. This certification demonstrates the pallet complies with the organization's food protection and sanitation requirements for materials, design, fabrication and construction of food handling and processing equipment. NSF certification requires that food-related equipment be designed not to harbor pests or accumulate dirt or debris. It also must permit easy inspection, maintenance, servicing and cleaning. More

Whitepaper-AS/RS for Dynamic Order Picking

Automated goods-to-person picking systems reduce order fulfillment times, improve order accuracy, minimize labor, and optimize space...with a rapid return on investment.

Survey: Momentum is growing for item-level tagging
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While RFID in the retail world once conjured up images of tagged boxes and pallets in store rooms and warehouses, the technology has come a long way since then, according to a survey conducted by research firm Aberdeen Group. A report, titled "Item-Level RFID Tagging in Retail: Improving Efficiency, Visibility Loss Prevention and Profit," based on a survey and underwritten by Checkpoint Systems and Motorola, finds that a sizable number of retailers are using RFID tags at the item level. More

Cloud computing's top security risk: How 1 company got burned
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Expectations between customers and vendors are so ill defined in cloud computing that it's often not clear who is responsible for security or what the penalties are for failure. Here's the story of one company that got burned. More

It's time to rethink warehouse management.

Learn the business challenges undermining warehouse performance and how Blockbuster took action and received hefty payoffs.

A conversation with Connie Anderson, president and owner of Aspen Logistics
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Executive interview questions for Logistics Quarterly's Women in Supply Chain Management Executive Interview Series have been prepared by members of LQ's Board and friends of LQ: Elsie Blauwhoff, CPP, Corporate Procurement, Apotex; Sue Gadsby, director of procurement, Apotex; Michelle Kiang, founder and vice president of marketing, PINC Solutions; Diane Mollenkopf, associate professor, Department of Marketing and Logistics, University of Tennessee; Susan Moore, director of sustainability, Lakeside Logistics; Sue Oaks, partner and vice President, A.T. Kearney; and Kate Vitasek, founder, Supply Chain Visions. More
Everyone's a Winner with Vocollect Voice.
Voice-enable your warehouse or distribution center with Vocollect. You can improve productivity and achieve accuracy up to 99.995% - making your business a winner. How else can we make you a winner? Get two free professional baseball tickets just for talking with us. MORE
Breakthrough Technology for Optimizing Warehouse Management
Learn how Visual Logistics will empower you to significantly streamline your logistics operations, drive unequivocal order accuracy, reduce cost and do more with less across your day-to-day warehouse operations; from receiving through to shipping. Substantially improve service to your customers and drive up customer satisfaction above all of your competitors! Get the white paper
Ergonomic Order Picking Units
UNEX Roller Rack is a gravity fed material handling solution that creates a safe ergonomic picking process eliminating the reaching, bending and pulling required in static storage mediums. Roller Rack offers complete carton flow ready units to meet the warehouse requirements of any order picking operation.

How disciplined is your approach to contract negotiation, spend management, supplier performance?
ChainLink Research via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Skillful contract negotiation and management are vital to realizing a company's spend management and supplier performance goals. The essence of good contract management is reasonably straightforward: Can you negotiate a good deal? Can you capture and document the agreement quickly, flexibly and accurately, with a minimum of effort, error and exposure? Can you monitor compliance to make sure that you are taking advantage of those hard-won gains? More

Tried and true strategies for combating supply price increases
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Although the global economic recovery is wobbling a bit, and there seems to be as much overall worry about deflation as there is inflation, clearly supplier prices have risen from the depths of the recession. Furthermore, some materials and components have seen strong price increases in 2010 at a time when most companies still are having a hard time passing on those cost increases to their customers. What should be done when a supplier comes in with a price increase announcement? More

The cost of social media phobia
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Many executives may remain skeptical that the use of social media in the workplace is anything other than a distraction from the work at hand. But companies that forbid or severely restrict the modern communications technologies may miss out on assorted opportunities. To assess the business value attainable through such forums as blogs, wikis, discussion boards and innovation platforms, the CIO practice at Forrester Research recently surveyed 303 information-technology staffers who use social media in the course of servicing their organizations. More

IFCO manages custom pallet programs for top US retailers and manufacturers.

IFCO has over a decade of pallet cost reduction experience. For tips from the pallet experts, download the whitepaper, read case studies, or contact IFCO

Survey: Truckers see credit crunch continuing
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Despite growing signs the trucking industry finally is recovering from a four-year recession, access to credit remains stubbornly tight and cautious truckers seem reluctant to borrow, according to a quarterly survey by M&A firm Transport Capital Partners. A second-quarter survey of about 160 truckers, most of whom have annual revenues of more than $25 million, found that 60 percent expected credit availability to remain unchanged during the next six months, with 15 percent expecting credit conditions to tighten. Only 25 percent forecast credit conditions to improve by year's end. More

The economics, business risks of biodiversity loss
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Fewer than 1 in 5 companies see biodiversity as an important business issue, and only 2 out of the world's largest 100 companies manage it as a strategic risk. Yet, a new analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers concludes that no sector or business in the economy will escape unaffected by changes to the availability of environmental resources for business and consumers. More

PRESS RELEASE: AVNET selects Swisslog

Swisslog will implement its AutoStore system - a high density storage/piece picking solution. Stacked bins and series of robots. For more information, visit

John Westerveld: The supply chain is strategic — are we drinking our own Kool-Aid?
The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
A few interesting studies have come out as of late. And I'm not so keen on what they are showing. The first is an annual Gartner Supply Chain Study, which partners with Supply Chain Digest and surveys its readers. A few excerpts of the stats as pulled from the Supply Chain Digest article include the following. More

Stopping conflict minerals with supply chain visibility
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Consumer electronics supply chains can be long and brutally complex. The precise origin of each component or raw material within a given product isn't always known to the manufacturer, let alone the consumer. So we might be shocked to learn that a large percentage of smartphones, computers, game systems and other high-tech gadgetry contains materials sourced from parts of the world that are riven by conflict. Worse than that, the mere purchase of such items enriches those who engage in wholesale slaughter, rape and worker exploitation. More

Certified, Sustainable & Profitable Asset Management

BCS maximizes the value of surplus and end-of-life assets through responsible recycling practices.

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