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WERCouncil events
Houston, Oct. 28 — Join the Houston WERCouncil for a presentation, lunch and tour at Jake's Finer Foods in Houston.
North Carolina, Nov. 5 — Tour and lunch at the Angus Barn where you'll see how they deal with the perishables logistics challenge of monthly handling 22,000 steaks and all the trimmings.
Portland, Nov. 11 — Join other logistics pros to learn how to leverage knowledge of generational attributes to understand your workforce with an eye to achieving higher retention rates and higher levels of communication with your workforce. Brette Hardison, human capital manager at enVista, is the presenter.
NE Ohio WERCouncil & APICS, Nov. 11 — Warehouse Management: Leading the Way to Performance and Profitability, Northeast Ohio WERC Board Member Lou Cerny with Les Grimes will share their combined 50 years of warehousing experience on how best to set up a warehouse and best warehousing practices.

Maximizing Warehouse Space seminar coming to Chicago area
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.

Systems Logic, the pioneers of Visual Logistics take their turnkey WMS solution on a coast to coast tour.

Learn how Systems Logic helped D+S Distribution (Wooster, OH) go paperless, reduce administrative costs by 60%, and achieve an inventory accuracy of over 99.993%, in under 4 months!

Supply chain efficiency could save federal government $500 billion-plus
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The U.S. federal government could save more than $500 billion by 2020 by applying supply chain best practices used in the private sector, according to a new economic report released this week by the Technology CEO Council. The research findings and recommendations in the TCC report, "One Trillion Reasons," were shared with the administration's economic team by council members, chaired by IBM CEO Samuel Palmisano, and submitted to National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which is considering proposals to reduce the federal deficit. More

Retail container traffic up 11 percent in October
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Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to be up 11 percent in October compared with the same month last year and should continue to see strong year-over-year growth even as seasonal levels wind down through the remainder of 2010, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. "Cargo is still coming through, but retailers are mostly stocked up for the holiday season," says Jonathan Gold, NRF's vice president for supply chain and customs policy. More

Planning for a successful succession
DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether you're a CEO, a line supervisor, or somewhere in between, succession planning should be somewhere near your front burner. But chances are, you haven't given it much thought. If so, you're not alone. The plain fact is that while everybody understands the importance of succession planning, all too often, we don't do it. As for what's holding us back, it's partly our collective optimism. Confidence in the future is deeply ingrained in our culture — and Americans in particular behave as if death were optional. More

Vaccines Distributed Using this WMS

With the urgent need for millions of H1N1 vaccines across the United States, this robust warehouse management software (WMS) was exclusively used to manage the distribution of 125 million vaccine doses with 99.99% order accuracy. Find out about that WMS in this case study. 

Entertainment supply chains are going digital — but not completely
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All supply chains go through changes, as they struggle to adjust to shifting patterns of sourcing and customer tastes. But how many worry about disappearing altogether? The big concern for purveyors of entertainment content — movies, TV shows, video games and the like — is whether their products will continue to exist in physical form. Digital delivery, while still in its infancy, is developing quickly and promises to become the preferred option for many consumers in the very near future. Whether that means an early end to CDs, DVDs and video cartridges is another matter entirely. More

Panama aims to become a crossroads of global trade
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The long-awaited Panama Canal expansion, slated for completion in 2014, will be a "game changer" that will make Panama "the most important cargo hub in the Americas," declared Rodolfo Sabonge, the Panama Canal Authority's vice president of market research and analysis, in his keynote speech at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 2010 Annual Global Conference in San Diego. Sabonge said the new, larger locks now under construction, which are designed to accommodate much bigger ships than the current infrastructure can handle, will fundamentally change the way carriers deploy their vessels. More

Why Make TopVOX Your Choice for Voice:
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Report: Smart technology can ease congestion, improve transportation options and strengthen global competitiveness
Transportation for America via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Existing and emerging technologies can squeeze more capacity from over-burdened highways, help commuters avoid traffic delays and expand and improve transportation options, all while saving money and creating jobs, according to a new report from four transportation organizations. "Smart Mobility for a 21st Century America" shows why improving efficiency through technology is critical as the population grows and ages, budgets tighten and consumer preferences shift. More
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A Good 3PL Relationship Takes the Risk Out of Outsourcing
Outsourcing is often perceived as dangerous by companies that have never outsourced. Establishing a strong, respectful 3PL relationship takes the fear out of outsourcing. To learn how to begin outsourcing without fear, download our complimentary whitepaper here. For information or to speak with us about your supply chain, visit or call 603.792.2205.
Ergonomic Order Picking Units
UNEX Roller Rack is a complete gravity flow rack solution designed for ergonomic picking, with product always at the pick point. Roller Rack carton flow units provide FIFO rotation of inventory, increased pick rates & maximum use of space. Easy install and on site flexibility for re-slotting of SKU positions.

Green is the color of logistics' future
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The pursuit of sustainability will transform the logistics industry, both in terms of its business model as well as the range of advanced solutions and technologies that will be used by logistics service providers, according to a new study released by Deutsche Post DHL as a follow-up to the 2009 Delphi Study on ten top future trends. The study is based on research and contributions from international experts as well as a representative survey of 3,600 business customers and consumers worldwide. Deutsche Post DHL has committed to a carbon efficiency target of 30 percent improvement by the year 2020 compared with 2007. 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.

Dan Gilmore: Supply chain tactics for the new normal
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As seems an unfortunate habit for me, last spring I accepted a conference speaking engagement on a subject I would have to build from scratch. What was the presentation theme the conference wanted? How about this: "Carpe Supply Chain - Thriving in the Post Recession Economy," with the abstract noting in part that the "economy will eventually erupt in confidence and opportunity. But supply chains must change to absorb the lessons of the downturn and thrive in the 'new normal.'" How's that for an assignment? More

Guy Toksoy: Weighing the direct-to-store delivery model
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Consumer goods manufacturers increasingly are using a direct-to-store delivery model to drive efficiency in their supply chains and improve their levels of service to retailers. In a direct-to-store delivery model, products are taken from a CPG manufacturer warehouse or cross-dock straight to a retail outlet. Vehicles typically make multiple stops and then "close the loop" back to the warehouse. Is your operation a good candidate for such a delivery model? There are several issues to consider. Direct-to-store makes sense when control of deliveries and customer service are very important. More

FDA puts squeeze on juice distributor
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At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint for permanent injunction against a Brooklyn juice company to prevent it from processing and distributing juice products. Delores H. Campbell and Winston A. Fearon and their company, Juices Incorporated (also known as Juices International and Juices Enterprises), were charged with violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by failing to have a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plan for certain juice products, such as the company's carrot and beet juice products. More

Tablet computers affect electronic components supply chain
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Component suppliers for tablet computers are shifting into overdrive. Recently, Elizabeth Woyke at Forbes reported that one Chinese supplier of iPad components shipped more than 6 million parts to Apple during the third quarter of the year. This same supplier expects to ship 7 million more in the fourth quarter. The article also says that Brian White, an analyst from Ticonderoga Securities, has heard that sales numbers for the iPad could reach a whopping 45 million in 2011. Of course, this is all speculation because Apple, staying true to form, remains tight-lipped about its iPad sales figures. 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

Getting past the 'but we already tried that' response
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You and your team have been wrestling with the problem of increasing efficiencies without a big budget to make it happen. You've been authorized to look at every aspect of the process. One particularly enterprising young woman on your team has found that a complicated safety inspection procedure that was put in place 15 years ago is no longer necessary because the parts that required inspection no longer exist in the product now being produced. And yet workers are holding up the production for the required amount of time in order to get sign-offs anyway. More

What's your company's top priority for 2011?
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That was the question Healthcare Packaging asked in an exclusive reader survey. Not surprisingly, cost issues and sustainability ranked highest. Cutting costs and sustainability most frequently were mentioned priorities among respondents to a Healthcare Packaging online survey conducted in September. Regulatory matters, packaging line efficiency and multilingual language labeling also were noted as pressing issues for 2011. "Cost savings is a huge issue right now," said a pharmaceutical respondent. More
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