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  • Aug. 9, Indianapolis WERCouncil Adidas-SLD Tour, 2:15 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 11, North Texas Encore Presentation of the DC Metrics Study Results, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sept. 9, North Carolina WERCouncil Lenovo Facility Tour, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Oct. 12, NorthTX WERCouncil 10th Annual Warehousing Resource Convention, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    ISM July manufacturing report is down from June but still showing growth
    Modern Materials Handling    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A slowdown in manufacturing growth appears to be intact based on the most recent edition of the Institute for Supply Management's Manufacturing Report on Business. In its July report, the ISM reported that the index it uses to measure the manufacturing sector — known as the PMI — was 50.9 percent. This represents a 4.4 percent drop from June's 55.3 percent, and June was up 1.8 percent from May. Earlier in the year, the PMI routinely was topping 60 but experts said it was not likely it would remain at that level for a long period. From January through April, the cumulative PMI average was 61.0 percent for the best combined four-month stretch in this report in more than 20 years. More

    Continued strong growth in RFID market is seen across several verticals
    SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Despite the 2008-2009 economic setbacks, the RFID market rebounded nicely in 2010, growing slightly more than 14 percent to reach roughly $5.3 billion. When automobile immobilization hardware is extracted from the total, the market grew close to 18 percent, capturing nearly $4.4 billion. ABI Research's ongoing research and data collection efforts reveal a projected total market size of nearly $6 billion in 2011, reflecting slightly more than 11-percent growth. The 2011 forecast without automobile immobilization is $5 billion, growing in excess of 14 percent over 2010. More

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    How traceability legislation may affect the food supply chain
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Earlier this year, President Barack Obama signed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act (P.L. 111-353), a law that will overhaul U.S. food safety for the first time since the Great Depression. The legislation passed in response to a growing public concern about the integrity of both local and imported food supplies and the inability of officials to trace the sources of many tainted foods. As those involved in the food supply chain begin to examine the impact of FSMA, one requirement in particular is striking: "The Secretary [is required] to establish a product tracing system to track and trace food that is in the United States or offered for import into the United States." More

    Benchmarking environmental sustainability goals
    Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Goals signal intent and drive behavior. Some companies announce sustainability goals to signal their commitment to become sustainability leaders and to compete for superior positioning with their rivals. According to a recent Green Research sustainability executive survey, 15 percent of sustainability executives say their goals were significantly influenced by the goals of competitors. Judging from the dozens of interviews conducted on this topic, Environmental Leader believes competitive factors play an even larger role than this number suggests. More

    Think there's nothing new in lift truck batteries and associated equipment? Not so
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Let's face it: Lift truck batteries and associated equipment — such as battery changing, monitoring, and charging systems — aren't the sexiest things in the warehouse. They're not as glamorous as robots or as attention-grabbing as high-speed conveyor systems. As a result, they're often taken for granted. But these workhorses of the warehouse and DC are especially worthy of attention right now. Several factors — including technology, the economy, the environment and regulatory controls — are having a notable impact on what buyers of batteries and associated equipment are purchasing and how they manage those assets. What can you expect down the road? Here are four trends to watch. More

    Next generation equipment and technology breathes new life into pick and pass systems
    Distribution Digest    Share    Share on
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    Cliff Holste writes, "Split case picking is often the bane of DC managers. It can be slow, tedious and prone to errors. Except for very high-end automated picking machines used in specialty applications (pharmaceuticals, H&BA, CDs, etc.), it can't really be well automated. RF, Pick-to-Light and Voice Directed picking technologies, combined with picking carousels and other product-to-person methods, have been widely adopted to increase picking accuracy and productivity. The Pick & Pass concept, which has its roots in the manufacturing production line, offers a practical and relatively low-cost order fulfillment solution especially for split case picking where thousands of SKUs can be involved." More

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    Inventory optimization: Show me the money
    Supply Chain Management Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Companies today face an ongoing balancing act as they try to carry enough inventory to respond quickly to customer demand and minimize transportation costs, and minimize investment in inventory, facilities and equipment to reduce warehousing and storage costs. How big is this inventory optimization challenge? More

    5 mistakes companies make when trying to effectively manage supply chain risk
    SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Supply chain resiliency is the ability of a company to recover from a disruption, as determined by the time and cost of recovery. It is a function of everyday decisions such as which suppliers the company sources from, how the volume is split between sources, where manufacturing facilities are located, how much inventory and second sourcing has been put in place, etc. Yet, there are many factors eroding the resiliency of today's supply chains. Over the last 15 years companies have adopted lean and just-in-time practices as well as build-to-order type capabilities in a big way. More

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    The business of communicating values
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Businesses communicate a lot of things. Many love to boast when their revenues soar, or publicize the strategic restructuring of their organizational response committees. But often missing from a firm's communications is something absolutely fundamental to its operations: its values. If a company doesn't take the time and effort to communicate its values in a meaningful way, then it's like the old tree-falling-in-the-forest cliche: It makes a big splash, but no one is around to appreciate its impact. More

    7 reasons RFID eventually will win in the supply chain
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    RFID market adoption continues to move it fits and stops, to the great frustration of RFID-based hardware and solution providers. The latest modest disappointment is a bit of a slowdown in roll out and adoption of item-level apparel tagging in retail, as a number of programs have not progressed as fast as expected. That of course follows a basic collapse of the initiative, led by Wal-Mart, to tag consumer packaged goods going to retail at the pallet and case level, an area where now there is virtually no activity in the U.S. and limited activity in Europe and Asia. More
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    Building a different kind of team
    Procurement Leaders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A simple truth that's become more apparent as procurement has developed beyond a simple cost-saving mandate is that category management as a basic structure has limitations. For a procurement function looking to deliver strategic value to business partners, there's a series of potential skills gaps in any organization and there are those that think it's time to address that. More

    Thai consumer goods manufacturer tidies up warehousing processes
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Lion, one of the largest Thai manufacturers of cleaning products and other fast-moving consumer goods, employs radio frequency identification at one of its warehouses near its factory in southern Thailand, in order to improve its processes for storing and retrieving pallets carrying its products. The system, according to the company, has enabled the warehouse to reduce the amount of time required to complete a transfer order — defined as any movement of goods within the warehouse, such as relocating products into storage, or finding and removing them from storage to comply with an order — from 60 minutes down to roughly 10 minutes. What's more, the technology has allowed Lion to increase the accuracy of its inventory records from about 80 percent (before RFID was implemented) to nearly 100 percent. More

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    25 ways to lower inventory costs
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Inventory policies drive two types of costs: period operating expenses and working capital requirements. The latest "Logistics Cost and Service Report" published by Establish Inc./Herbert W. Davis and Company, indicates that, while total logistics costs as a percent of sales are falling and most individual companies have succeeded in reducing inventory levels; total logistics costs per hundredweight are increasing, and inventory costs as a percent of total logistics cost are increasing. In many organizations, however, the opportunities to reduce inventory costs often are not addressed at all or are not completely exploited. If your organization needs help taking money out of inventory, there are strategies you can employ today that will provide payoff. More

    Government and the supply chain
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Dan Gilmore writes, "Earlier this month, as we put together our list of noteworthy supply chain news and events of the first half of 2011, I was struck by how many of the stories had some kind of connection to the US government. So I thought it might be handy to summarize a number of active/pending government issues that either directly or indirectly impact the supply chain." More

    Workers deaf to silent dangers
    Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan early this year still are making waves among industrial managers. According to a recent survey of safety professionals conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the majority of respondents indicated they had a formal workplace continuity plan and 42 percent said they had cross-trained personnel to perform essential functions. Commendable. But other survey findings may lead the reader to question how well that training took. Eighty-nine percent of these safety professionals also said they had observed workers not wearing safety equipment like ear plugs and safety glasses when they should have been. Twenty-nine percent said this had happened on numerous occasions. More

    Martin Buckley: The benefits of integrating small business practices into your supply chain
    The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    I was reading a blog on the Supply Chain Expert Community by Peter Balbus on how can we make America's supply chains more dynamic and innovative, which got me thinking about my own experiences in dealing with supply chains and their impact on companies I have worked with. Having spent a considerable time consulting in the SME space (small to medium enterprise), I have seen firsthand how larger companies could harness the innovation and dynamism of these small businesses over here and abroad. It's no longer the big that eat the small; it's the fast that eat the slow. More

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    Color-changing metals could improve safety in food supply chain
    Procurement Leaders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
    A team of researchers in Canada has found that color-changing metals could improve safety in the food supply chain by warning if harmful gases are present. The team found that certain modified metals change color in the presence of gases such as nitrogen, oxygen and carbon monoxide. The discovery could lead to the creation of a new early warning system, which could alert manufacturers, distributors or retailers to the presence of potentially harmful gases. More

    John Deere planter factory gains efficiency through RFID technology
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Agriculture equipment manufacturer John Deere has increased efficiency in the way it replenishes welding material as well as the way it carries out processes at its assembly stations at a factory run by its Seeding Group in Moline, Ill. That's due to a Wi-Fi-based real-time location system provided by AeroScout and integrated by Prime Technologies, a Michigan company that acted as general contractor for the system's installation. Since the system went into full production in March of this year, the company has seen a 40 percent increase in efficiency in welding because of improvements in material replenishment and fewer delays caused by waiting for materials in its welding areas, says Shay O'Neal, John Deere Seeding Group's project manager. More

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    Oncology clinic gains efficiency, safety with RFID
    RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When oncology patients visit radiation therapy clinics, they typically schedule a series of short visits extending for weeks at a time (the average patient receiving external beam radiation therapy attends 29 treatments). As such, moving these patients efficiently from a facility's waiting room to the machines that accomplish the therapy is imperative to effective clinic management. Efficiency not only eases patient discomfort, it also ensures the maximum usage of the radiation machines. Clinics can treat a hundred or more patients daily, and in addition to requiring efficiency, those facilities must also ensure that the proper equipment is utilized with each patient, in order to properly immobilize the correct body part prior to radiation. More

    Building the better global pallet
    Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Bob Trebilcock writes, "I had a conversation the other day that illustrated two of my favorite topics: the quest for the better pallet and the globalization of the materials handling industry. The call was with Sergio Sosa, president of Sosa Tech Advisers. Sosa is an engineer from Mexico City. His specialty is plastics, not pallets. However, he was contacted some time ago by FEMSA Group, a Latin American company and one of the largest publicly held bottlers of Coca-Cola products in the world, to help them develop a more durable plastic pallet." More

    Green packaging market tops $100 billion
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
    The market for sustainable and green packaging will exceed $100 billion worldwide this year, according to analyst firm Visiongain. This market is being affected by a rise in demand from consumers, and the growth will be made possible due to advanced packaging technologies. Visiongain calculates that the sustainable and green packaging market will be worth $107.7 billion in 2011. Rising concerns over environmental hazards, eco-friendly packaging, carbon emissions, waste reduction targets specified by different countries and the trend toward green packaging are the factors likely to boost the market for sustainable and green packaging solutions. More

    Stretch wrappers find a home on the range
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    During a trip to Canada's Prince Edward Island, DC Velocity staff were fascinated by the long rows of plastic-wrapped hay bales they saw in fields throughout the picturesque Maritime Province. Most bales were wrapped in white, while a few were black or black-and-gray striped. Almost all were round, but they also saw a few square or oblong bales that resembled stacks of giant marshmallows. More

    RFID offers more to race timing than just timing
    ThingMagic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Ken Lynch writes, "Marathons are popping up everywhere. It appears as though there is one for everyone, with a slew taking place across the country over the summer including: the Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight Marathon near Area 51 in Nevada, the Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon, and the Grandfather Mountain Marathon in North Carolina. So, what better time to revisit race timing since we last blogged on the topic? In a previous post, we focused on how UHF RFID could be used for extremely precise timing, as well as the efficiencies gained by using RFID due to the technology's ability to process a greater amount of data in a shorter period of time. Today, we thought we would highlight a few additional benefits of using UHF RFID in race timing applications." More

    Using DNA to protect against counterfeiting threats
    @Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Counterfeiting operations continue to expand in reach and sophistication, and that means counterfeit products increasingly threaten your supply chain — not to mention the health and safety of millions of people worldwide, as well. There appears to be a growing consensus that traditional methods of oversight and enforcement are simply not enough to stem the tide of fakes, and legitimate businesses are hungry for innovation to help protect their products and intellectual property. Case in point: Last month, the iconic acoustic guitar manufacturer C.F. Martin & Co. announced that it is partnering with Applied DNA Sciences to help secure its brand from global counterfeiting threats. More

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