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Plastic or wood pallet choice prompts questions, confusion
Healthcare Packaging    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recent LinkedIn discussions raise questions about pallet choices. Tylenol recall adds another dimension to the issue. Healthcare Packaging Publisher Jim Chrzan followed a recent LinkedIn conversation in which packaging professionals professed concerns about potential regulatory matters pertaining to the use of plastic or wood pallets. In the conversation, a contract packager lamented that different customers have different interpretations of packaging law regarding the use of plastic pallets for packaging materials before they go into a packaging room. More

Software that can help you make smarter moves
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At Olympia Chimney Supply Co., a maker of chimney liners and components, using a manual system to select its freight carriers was tantamount to the "devil it knew." Trouble was, the status quo was giving the company a devil of a time. Scranton, Pa.-based Olympia would take orders via the phone, then research up to 10 transportation agreements, ZIP code ratings and fuel surcharge charts to identify what it thought to be the low-cost carrier. But that process proved both time-consuming and imprecise. More

Pharma takes control of distribution chains
Pharmaceutical Technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many pharmaceutical companies in the U.K. have adopted a direct-to-pharmacy distribution model, which enables companies to more tightly control their supply chains. Although DTP has faced some opposition from wholesalers, no legal steps have been taken in the U.K. to prevent its continued uptake. With the system now beginning to gain a foothold in Poland (although a legal battle with the authorities may ensue), pharma companies may attempt to introduce DTP in other EU countries. More

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RFID adoption poised for huge growth
Healthcare IT News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
They're tiny, often just the size of a grain of rice or even a mote of dust. And they're cheap, usually only 10 bucks or so. But RFID chips pack a powerful punch. And they're being used in more and more interesting ways than ever. In their simplest form, RFIDs are tiny tags with an integrated circuit that stores and processes information and an antenna for receiving and transmitting the signal; oftentimes they can be read from some distance away. More

Are solar storms the new threat to global supply chains?
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During the past few months, we've faced historic disastrous events involving the environment: pesky ash clouds, a catastrophic oil spill, and now there's a withering severe drought in Russia that threatens to create shock waves throughout the agro-business sector. Is it time to be on the lookout for yet another? Some experts think so, and they're warning that upcoming solar storms could be a new threat to global supply chains. More

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Clifford F. Lynch: An LSP's bill of rights (and obligations)
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Given the high-stakes nature of logistics outsourcing arrangements, it's no surprise that so much has been written on the "rules of outsourcing." I've done it myself, as have scores of others. Most have approached the topic from the client's perspective, offering advice on how to work successfully with a logistics service provider. But providers have rights and obligations as well, and it's high time that we concentrate on these. What follows is my attempt to do so by offering 10 basic rules for logistics service providers. More

Italian stone company carves out savings with RFID
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Antolini Luigi & Co. S.p.A., an Italian producer and distributor of granite, marble and other stone products, is using RFID to track the manufacture and location of the 900,000 slabs of polished stone it sells each year, as well as the large blocks of rock from which the slabs are cut. The finished products are sold to a global network of distributors, and many end up being used as flooring or countertops in high-end interiors for luxury hotels or homes. The system, which uses customized UHF EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags, allows the company to determine its inventory with 80 percent more accuracy than before it used RFID. More
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US manufacturing expansion slows, but less than expected
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U.S. factory activity slowed in July, according to the Institute for Supply Management, but the decline was less than economists had expected. The manufacturing index dipped to 55.5, from a revised 56.2 in June. A Bloomberg survey had expected the manufacturing index to dip to 54.0. The index was at 59.7 in May and 60.4 in April. Two key components of the index, employment and prices paid, rose in July. The month also marked the 12th consecutive month manufacturing activity has expanded. Readings above 50 indicate an expansion; under 50, a contraction. More

Supply chain professionals seek even greater product visibility
Aberdeen Group via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dynamic supply chain optimization capabilities and near real-time visibility to detailed supply chain events are key requirements to thriving within the complex and shifting international transportation and global trade environment, according to a new report from Aberdeen Group. Customer demands for high delivery performance (27 percent to 35 percent) and the increased demand for accurate delivery status and cost information is driving the need to ensure shipment integrity and enhance internal/external communications across the entire supply chain. More

Maddock and Vitón: The 5 C's of sustainability branding
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At our request, Marc Stoiber, the vice president for green innovation at Maddock Douglas and a veteran in the relatively young field of sustainability, sat down and created a list of what companies and marketers need to do to make "greenness" (consideration for the welfare of the planet) take hold within their firms and, more important, in the marketplace. More

The 5 challenges of today's global supply chains
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
A recent survey of some 350 supply chain executives from across the globe by the consultants at PRTM identified five key supply chain challenges for the next few years. Successful management of those challenges, the resulting report says, will be central to a company's ability to capture benefit from an eventual economic upturn. Those supply chain challenges are the following. More

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RFID to go postal for the next 10 years or so
IDTechEx via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The global market for RFID systems — including tags — in the postal and courier services sector will grow extremely rapidly to $2.5 billion in 2021. It could be much bigger if current efforts to tag individual items gain widespread acceptance. In due course, more than 1 trillion postal items will be tagged yearly, making this the second-largest application of RFID in the world after the retail supply chain. RFID is an idea whose time has come in postal, courier and high volume light logistics. More

The secret to happier employees? Flextime
Logistics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Flexible work arrangements are becoming increasingly popular within the corporate world, and for some candidates it's a deciding factor when choosing their next position, according to a recent survey conducted by TopGrading Solutions. The firm is part of MRINetwork, a search and recruitment organization specializing in supply chain planning and procurement. When asked what non-monetary benefit they would most value, 36 percent of respondents indicated that they would like if their company implemented summer hours. 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

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