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WERCouncil events
NE Ohio WERCouncil & APICS, Nov. 11 — Warehouse Management: Leading the Way to Performance and Profitability: Hear about how best to set up a warehouse and best warehousing practices.
NorCal Meyer's Fairfield DC tour, Nov 11 — Join the Northern California WERCouncil for lunch and a tour of Meyers Corporation's state of the art AS/RS facility with 300-plus square feet of warehousing.

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!

WMS implementation success can be assured with right discipline
Supply Chain Digest    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While warehouse management system implementations can be among the most challenging of any supply chain software category, the right focus and discipline on the project can lead to outstanding success — and even take away most of the usual stress associated with WMS deployment. That is a key lesson from Cummins Filtration, a division of truck engine giant Cummins Inc. and which makes and distributes a variety of filter and exhaust products for high-performance engines. The Cummins story also illustrates that despite widespread WMS adoption, a surprising number of even large companies with complicated distribution centers are not necessarily up on current technology. More

3 key priorities of the chief supply chain officer
Aberdeen Group via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The vast majority of chief supply chain officers and others with similar top-level titles report that their management teams want reviews leading to improved supply chain planning processes. Some 86 percent of respondents told that to Aberdeen Group in a recent survey. Seventy-one percent report their teams demand improved supply chain technology as well. Supply chain planning has the potential to provide market differentiation for companies, says Nari Viswanathan, vice president and principal analyst of supply chain management at Aberdeen. More

Bob Trebilcock: RFID is back
Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
RFID is back. To be honest, it never really went away. But that has been the perception the last few years, when the hoopla over Wal-Mart's plans to tag all its cases and pallets by 2006 died away. "At the top of the hype cycle, you would have thought RFID could solve world peace," says Chris Schaefer, director of global market development for RFID at Motorola. "There were expectations that were difficult to deliver on, and I think there's a perception that those initiatives were failures and didn't work." 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. 

The trouble with supply chain best practices
CIO    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Best practices. It's an often overused term that can apply to literally any decision-making process: parenting quandaries, personal finance questions, buying a house, getting a job or selecting a puppy breed. For businesses today, gathering of best practices is fairly routine: one company culls, analyzes and then shares their lessons learned with business partners, or with consultants, analysts or the media. That's then compared and contrasted with others' experiences and rounded up into a pool of measured experience. Overall, the concept connotes a transfer of commodity knowledge: a type of information benevolence and goodwill toward others. More

In an uncertain economic environment, you must create agility through supply chain automation
Verian Technologies via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To truly thrive during economic upswings and downturns requires superior foresight, planning and discipline. Years ago, consultants coined the term corporate agility. While it seemed like jargon at the time, its true meaning is just now being understood. In times of uncertainty, organizations must be prepared for sudden changes in direction that cannot be anticipated. The ability to jump either way is almost a requirement in today's business climate. Agility gives organizations the unique ability to react faster and move more nimbly in an environment that changes almost hourly. More

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Packaging industry targets design for sustainability
Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nearly two-thirds of respondents say sustainable design has become an important factor in packaging decisions, according to the 2010 Sustainability in Packaging Survey, reports Packaging Digest. This year's survey also finds that the packaging industry has increased knowledge about environmental issues and has placed more importance on materials selection. The fourth annual study, conducted in October by Packaging Digest and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, received 630 responses from packagers, material and machinery suppliers, consumer packaged goods companies and retailers. The following are survey details from Packaging Digest. More

Supply chain efficiency drives profits during down economy
@Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Businesses learned an important lesson during the past few years of economic turmoil: Efficient supply chains are increasingly essential to maintaining prices and generating new revenue. In fact, in a recent survey of supply chain executives from 20 different industries worldwide, more than three-fourths of participants (78 percent) said that in the last 12 to 24 months, the emphasis on supply chain management has increased. The results also show that leaders took advantage of hard times to build market share. When asked if the downturn had resulted in changes to market share, 37.5 percent said their shares had gone up; another 22.5 percent said they went down. More
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Hawaiian group readies cold-chain RFID pilot
RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After three years of testing RFID solutions to food-safety challenges, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture is preparing to launch a new pilot intended to test whether temperature sensors in RFID tags, attached to reusable plastic pallets, would enable members of the produce supply chain to monitor the condition of products as they are shipped from one Hawaiian island to another. The pilot is an international effort, with data stored and shared on a server provided by GS1 Hong Kong, and involving reusable plastic pallets, RFID software and consulting provided by Asia Pallet Pooling, a Taiwanese supply chain solutions firm that also is largely financing the project. More

Smartphone apps enabling smarter decision-making
IndustryWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even by the rapid-fire standards of the technology industry, the evolution of smartphones has occurred at a dizzying pace. Their adoption within manufacturing facilities has created a groundswell of applications from more than a dozen vendors that cater to plant managers and executives. These apps have attempted to provide real-time data to leverage smarter decision-making. But in most of these cases, the key data accessed has been limited to enterprise data or else required the launching of a browser to reach full accessibility. 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.

Sustainable supply chain: An overview
Mother Nature Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are countless ways companies can go green, but small steps will get them only so far — it takes a sustainable supply chain to make the strongest impact. In this age of increasing corporate social responsibility, many businesses are taking a hard look at every aspect of their operations, implementing more sustainable processes and technology and often finding that doing so makes financial sense. According to a study by Accenture, high-performance businesses tend to be "masters" of the supply chain, lowering their carbon emissions and lightening their environmental footprint while simultaneously balancing costs and keeping customers happy. More

Dutch horticultural supply chain tests RFID 'From Plant to Customer'
RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An ambitious pilot in the Netherlands, known as "van Plant tot Klant" (From Plant to Customer), is testing how well RFID technology can be used to reduce labor and increase the efficiency and accuracy of the shipment of potted plants throughout Europe. The Florilog Foundation (which aims to improve the horticultural supply chain by developing projects focused on gaining efficiency), located in Honselersdijk, is funding the project on behalf of Productschap Tuinbouw, a Dutch association consisting of members of the horticulture industry. More

Global approach sought to anti-counterfeiting
Healthcare Packaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Packaging technology, law enforcement and increased public awareness need to be incorporated in battle to protect against counterfeit medicines. Phony Internet pharmacies and other illegitimate outlets are driving the massive counterfeit medicine market to consumers worldwide, according to a recent report by Cambridge Consultants. The technology product design and development firm interviewed leaders from pharmaceutical and biotech businesses, as well as technology developers and industry bodies. As part of the report, Cambridge Consultants identified the need for more consumer education, along with new and improved regulatory standards to address counterfeit medicine. More

Survey: More than 70 percent of companies recorded supply chain disruptions in 2010
@Risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Companies need to focus more on supply chain risks. Today's supplier networks are global, complex and punctuated with significant threats. As a result, supply chain failure is now increasingly common. In fact, a fascinating new study by the Business Continuity Institute revealed that, as remarkable as it sounds, more than 70 percent of organizations recorded at least one supply chain disruption in 2010. The survey also found the following. More

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Is paid sick leave a good idea?
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are few things more annoying than sitting next to a co-worker who continually is coughing, sneezing and complaining about how badly they feel. If you are like most people, you might think to yourself, "Why didn't they just stay home? That's what I would do." According to a recent study by, the odds are that you wouldn't stay at home to recuperate. You instead would be part of the 71 percent of workers who go to work even when they are ill. Of the 29 percent who do stay home, two-thirds spend the time away from the office working, not recuperating. More

Steve Tobak: Why passion and drive can destroy good leaders
BNET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Executives and business leaders are notoriously passionate about their work, driven to succeed at all costs. That's fine, but it has a dark side, a trap that highly dedicated professionals fall into all too often. Work becomes their life. Not only is that unhealthy, but sooner or later it catches up with them, actually hindering their ability to succeed. We all struggle with work-life balance. We talk about it, worry about it, but achieving it — that's another matter. These days, we're all under pressure to be on 24/7. We constantly are being asked to do more with less, deliver results with fewer resources. More
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