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Maximizing Warehouse Space seminar coming to Chicago area
Facility layout drives daily decisions about product location, picking paths and methods, flow-through, putaway, receiving and shipping. Attend this seminar, which will take place Nov. 8 to 9 at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago Oak Brook, to learn key rules of thumb and hundreds of ideas that will help you to maximize the space in your warehouse and improve productivity.

WERCouncil events
Check out local events in Columbus, Ohio; North Carolina; New York/New Jersey/Connecticut; Cincinnati; Portland, Ore.; Northern California; Atlanta and the annual North Texas WERCcouncil Warehousing Resource Convention.

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Need 15% to 25% increase in picker productivity? Do you want to reduce replenishment labor and pick location stock-outs? If YES, e-mail Norm Saenz and mention this Ad for a FREE on-site Slotting Assessment. In addition, download this white paper to get moving in the right direction toward realizing slotting improvements.

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Made in the USA: The new frontier for sourcing?
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Over the years, there has been a lot of play in the media and in the purchasing profession regarding the subject of Low Cost Country Sourcing and offshoring. Depending on the year, it might've been a popular sourcing destination to be in India, China, Poland, Hungary or any number of other countries. More recently, there has been a growing realization that "the obvious" global sourcing decision may not be so obvious after all. A number of factors need to be understood in order to make the right decision; among them: currency valuations, sovereign country risk, quality issues, inventory issues, transit times, supply chain risks, etc. More

Alternative pallets 101
Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to versatility and cost, wood, plastic and steel pallets are still the kings of the hill when it comes to the materials used for pallet construction. Together, they account for more than 90 percent of the pallets on the market. Still, increasing freight costs, new export regulations and growing concerns over product contamination have pallet users looking for alternatives to traditional pallets. More

Airline group forecasts slower freight growth
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Global air cargo growth will slow down sharply over the next year and a half for an industry that has seen a rapid recovery from the international trade downturn, the International Air Transport Association said. International air cargo traffic, which has been growing at better than 20 percent year-over-year each month since last fall, was 4 percent ahead of the pre-downturn peak of 2008 in July, IATA said. IATA now forecasts air freight will grow 6 to 7 percent year-over-year in 2010 and 2011. More

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Bob Trebilcock: The future of automation
Modern Material Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
I've been writing about materials handling off and on for more than 25 years. I can honestly say that now is one of the most interesting times I can remember for our industry: from materials handling automation to RFID and multi-modal data collection to advancements in lift truck technology, exciting things are happening. One of the most exciting is how end users are beginning to think strategically about their warehouses and distribution centers, and then looking for new solutions to meet their goals. More

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Reverse logistics: Best practices in warehouse returns
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Have you ever wondered what your local store does with the items that you take back as damaged or unusable? Most industries today have liberal returns policies that can quickly tax distribution networks when large quantities of items go through the reverse logistics process. Often the distributing warehouse bears the brunt of these costs and efforts associated with returns. Thankfully, this area is also where a properly organized process, supported by latest hardware and software technologies, can produce a competitive advantage, attract new suppliers and control the returns process. More

Cold chain — frozen in time
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India consumes more than 14,000 truckloads of vegetables, 9,000 truckloads of fruits, and milk enough to fill 89 Olympic-size swimming pools, every single day. While fruits and vegetables are subject to seasonal production and have a yearlong consumption, milk and meat have a small shelf life. In terms of transportation, there are only about 5,000 reefer trucks that move non-milk commodities across the country. Then there is the fabled 30 percent wastage. Around 25 to 35 percent of the total produce of fruits and vegetables are wasted. More

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Ford plans Asian supply chain development
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Ford is working on ambitious plans to develop both its supply chain and sales effort in China and India. "As part of our 'better plan' for the region we are investing in additional capacity, expanding our dealer networks and further developing our supply chain," said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. More

The changing phase of apparel logistics
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Apparel making has reached a phase wherein, it requires a right blend of lead time, quality and cost. Apparel manufacturers need to keep abreast of the market trends so as to keep their rivals at bay. To facilitate this, they need to have the right kind and supply of the required fabrics that match up with the current trends. Every apparel manufacturing company needs to work out with logistics to bring the required fabrics on the cutting table on the right time. More
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Bottom Line Benefits: SKU Throughput & ROI
Implementing UNEX Carton Flow systems & products within existing storage structures will increase SKU throughput efficiencies in an order picking work zone. Proper SKU placement along with uninterrupted product flow and ergonomic access at the pick point minimizes down time, labor travel time & worker injury. ROI’s historically measured within 6 months. MORE

Innovation Starts At ProMat® 2011

See and compare solutions for your manufacturing and supply chain operations and network with your peers at ProMat 2011-March 21-24, 2011 in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Discover the best equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest innovations. ProMat 2011 features 700 exhibits and 80 Education Sessions.

Financial relationships go through some changes as supply chains stretch around the globe
ChainLink Research via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As globalization of trade matures, the financial relationships are evolving. Some of the tried and true financial instruments of the past, such as letter of credit, are giving way to more immediate straightforward processes, in particular, payment on open account. LCs are useful during the initial push to overseas, when suppliers and buyers are not well known to each other and have yet to establish trust and a proven track record. But they are quite expensive and tie up lines of credit for importers. More

Top 10 ways to make manufacturing sexy
The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is an interesting post on the Lean Six Sigma LinkedIn Group titled "How Can We Make Manufacturing Sexy Again?" started by Karin Lindner. Some may say that manufacturing was never sexy, but the author does a great job explaining what's behind the question and the significance of the answer. Bill DuBois thinks it goes for all of supply chains that getting our youth excited about all things manufacturing and supply chain will secure its future in North America. More

The state of the printed magazine supply chain in a digital world
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The prediction of the demise of the printed magazine is extremely premature. Why? Because the printed magazine supply chain has evolved through innovations and collaboration throughout the supply chain. However, there remain a couple of huge issues that can make all of the progress achieved a moot point. More

WERC announces certification program for warehouses
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Are you certifiable? If you're an individual working in the logistics/supply chain profession, there's a pretty good chance you are. Today, there are a variety of certification programs out there that will provide outside verification that you know your stuff. You can choose from programs offered by organizations like the American Society of Transportation & Logistics and APICS: The Association for Operations Management, as well as those offered by colleges and universities. Nowadays, you can even find programs online. But it's a different story for organizations. More

IFCO offers pallet programs with everything you need and nothing you don't.

IFCO's reusable, recycled wood stringer pallet programs offer lower costs and none of the hassles of pallet rental.

Xterprise releases mobile RFID package for item-level tracking
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RFID software company Xterprise has announced the release of Clarity Mobile, a mobile version of its existing Clarity software platform on which vertical applications can be built for item-level RFID tracking. Clarity Mobile, the firm explains, offers an RFID system that is less expensive and easier to install than a fixed-reader solution for item-level tracking using ultrahigh-frequency Gen 2 tags and handheld readers. 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

Workplace trust eroded by recession
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According to a survey undertaken among 5,000 staff by the Institute of Leadership & Management, those organizations that chose to cope with difficult economic times by making estate and headcount reductions have seen trust in the chief executive plummet to 51 on a scale of one to 100. The figure compares with an average score of 63. This loss of faith came about because many workers blamed the situation on poor management, even if circumstances were beyond bosses' control. In contrast, those that tried alternative methods such as flexible working and budget cuts saw CEO trust rise to 68. More

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