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If you don't measure, you can't measure up
Material Flows    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
If it's true that you can't manage what you don't measure, there are plenty of supply chain managers who aren't living up to their titles. According to a Next Generation Manufacturing study, fewer than half of companies at or near world class in supply chain management have a high-level measurement regimen. That's defined as "regular monitoring and review of company-specific metrics by CEO and senior staff." Among those furthest from world class, only 17 percent have such standards for measurement. Surprisingly, of those claiming to be in the world class category and don't have a high-level measurement regimen, 11.5 percent of them don't have any measurement system at all to track supply chain effectiveness. More

WERC confers facility certifications
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WERC has announced the first recipients of the newly established WERC Warehouse Certification Program, a voluntary program that certifies an individual warehouse facility's capabilities to perform core warehousing functions. More

Bill McBeath: Managing supply risk and supplier risk are not the same, but each is more demanding than ever
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Ahhh for the simpler days, when the job of procurement professionals was just to find reliable sources, negotiate the best price and manage delivery. Today's supply chains demand so much more. Sourcing professionals are expected to predict and mitigate the constellation of risks that have arisen from increasingly globalized sources and supply chain complexities, involving orders of magnitude more players. But we shouldn't complain too much because risks equal opportunities. Those who can handle this complexity, who create the agility needed to deal with supply disruptions and who preemptively alleviate supplier problems become valuable players within the organization. More

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Major retailers, industry groups launch item-level RFID guidelines initiative
RFID Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A group of North America's leading retail industry member — including stores and manufacturers — as well as retail and RFID associations, have teamed up to begin writing road maps and guidelines for RFID usage at the item level in the retail sector. The Item Level RFID Initiative, under the guidance of supply chain efficiency association Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions and standards groups GS1 US and GS1 Canada, is being compared by the initiative's members with work done in previous decades that made bar code and electronic data interchange technologies ubiquitous in the retail market. More

Co-creation innovation
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You have an idea — a really big idea. It could be for a new product. Or a new service. It even might be for a new way of doing business. The specifics don't matter. It's going be huge and make someone millions, maybe billions of dollars. The day comes when you are ready to share your big idea, so you meet with the partners you believe should be most excited about it. They pass. We know why you have failed to inspire them. It's probably not the reason you think. Sure, they may say they already tried the idea in the past or that it's too expensive. They may say they don't understand the concept or that their customers won't get it. They may even say they just don't like it. More

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St. Louis warehouse adopts solar power
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St. Louis chemical distributor Walsh & Associates Inc. activated the largest solar array ever built in Missouri, generating power from 416 roof-top solar panels. Installed by electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local One, the solar array is expected to reduce the 88,000-square-foot warehouse's annual energy bill from $36,000 to $1,500. "This culminates an eight-year effort to make our warehouse more energy efficient," said Randall Lewis, Walsh director of operations. More

Robert J. Bowman: Let's hear it for the imperfect supply chain
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"All happy supply chains are alike," Tolstoy wrote; "each unhappy supply chain is unhappy in its own way." Actually, he never said that, although I wish he had. With all this talk of "the perfect order," it's good to remember that global supply chains are far from perfect. So let us take a passing look at several that are striving for that elusive goal, even as they cope with the vagaries of the real world. The brave individuals quoted here were speakers at a recent meeting of the San Francisco Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. More
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What the newly elected Congress means for business
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One area where President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans could find common ground is trade. Obama wants to submit a revised South Korea free-trade agreement for congressional approval in January, and hopes to unveil new terms addressing U.S. auto and beef exports during the Group of 20 meeting of global leaders in Seoul. Obama has said he wants to boost U.S. exports by 50 percent during the next five years. Trade skeptics in the Democratic caucus have blocked movement on trade-opening deals such as the South Korea treaty. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said trade is one area where his caucus and the White House could work together. More

Have you thanked your employees lately?
IndustryWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Continuously improving factory productivity, quality and cost is a challenge every leader faces. To accomplish this, we need a well-motivated work force yet we often are confused by the many and varied options for motivation. Some experts suggest money while others proclaim job enrichment is the ticket. Still others press for contentment as the best method. These options arise from myriad and often conflicting theories of motivation proffered from social scientists who often disagree with each other. No wonder we are confused. While there is no unified motivation theory, there are areas where most experts agree. More

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Bob Trebilcock: Pallet chaos in the food supply chain network
Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail with an attached article from Richard Kochersperger, the former CEO of a $300 million regional food distributor and a food industry consultant who focuses on supply chain issues. He described a visit to a 1.2-million-square-foot food distribution center shipping more than 1 million cases of food a week. The facility, he wrote, was in great shape and the workforce was well trained and highly motivated. All the same, there was a glaring problem in red, white and blue: pallets. More

Rhonda Adams: World Series shows teamwork leads to winning
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My World Series obsession has helped me reflect on what lessons small businesses can learn from the teams this year. I can sum it up in one word: teamwork. What distinguishes this annual baseball championship from previous years is that both teams — the Giants and the Texas Rangers — succeeded by pulling together as whole teams rather than relying on one or two stars. These winning teams demonstrate that sometimes even the smaller guys — the smaller businesses — can beat much bigger competitors but only if it's an all-hands, team effort. Indeed, the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. More

Sean Silverthorne: 4 reasons people will follow you
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I guess it's obvious that in order to be a leader, you need followers. But much of what I read in terms of popular management advice seems to treat leadership as something akin to filling up a toolbox. If you can create a vision, give killer PowerPoint, radiate more energy than the sun, fill out a SWOT matrix, develop strategy and motivate like Gen. George S. Patton, you, too, can be a leader. But these attributes don't really get to the heart of the issue, do they? There are plenty of managers in possession of these capabilities, but they aren't leaders. They may have people reporting to them, but no one is following out of a sense of inspiration or commitment. More

RFID program helps Italian logistics company speed distribution for apparel clients
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LTC-Logistics, an Italian 3PL firm that fulfills orders for fashion companies, has implemented an RFID reader infrastructure at its warehouse and fulfillment center in Florence in order to track individual fashion items tagged by various producers whose goods move through its facilities. The reader infrastructure became operational at the end of December 2009, Meredith Lamborn, a member of LTC's investigation group when the company launched its RFID project, told attendees at RFID Journal LIVE! Europe 2010, held recently in Darmstadt, Germany. More

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How companies can develop critical thinkers, creative leaders
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Today's leaders continually are cajoled to act as "outside-the-box" thinkers. Such pronouncements give the impression the only sound solutions are ones never previously conceived. However, what industry and the military really strive to produce are leaders possessing strong critical and creative thinking skills. Both implicitly eschew the notion that a box even exists. What can industry learn from the military about how to advance the development of such leaders? One tangible example is how to construct and execute experiential training while continuing to meet the needs of customers and stakeholders. More

Kevin O'Marah: The worst supply chain in the world
AMR First Thing Monday via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Normally this column is dedicated to the best supply chains, but in my travels it's become increasingly clear that the worst supply chain in the world might be the one for talent in our own profession. Recently, I moderated a panel at a conference in Singapore. A consistent theme among the panelists was the mismatch between the skills needed and what's available. On stage, leaders like Didier Chenneveau of LG Electronics and Kalpesh Pathak of Fiat India Automobiles talked openly about the urgency to find and develop people prepared to think of supply chain in value creation terms rather than just functionally. More
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