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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!

Report examines effect of global manufacturing, consumption on growth of US ports and distribution
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Global shifts in manufacturing, consumption trends and international competition are three leading factors that will shape the future of goods movement and the demand for warehouse and distribution space, according to a report issued by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Research Foundation. Sponsored by the foundation and prepared by Curtis Spencer and Steve Schellenberg with IMS Worldwide Inc. in Webster, Texas, the full report, "Trends in Global Manufacturing, Goods Movement and Consumption, and Their Effect on the Growth of United States Ports and Distribution," is available for complimentary download at More

Supply chain priorities shifting, but cost is still key
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While there's no doubt that new approaches to supply chain management are gaining a foothold at many companies, most businesses today still see cost as their main priority. In fact, a recent KPMG survey polled nearly 200 senior-level executives from the aerospace, metals, engineering and conglomerates sectors across North America, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific, and it revealed the following. More

3 tips for mitigating master data issues in integrated demand, supply planning
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The advent of the latest recession and slow recovery has led many companies to realize the benefits, nay, the necessity, of integrating demand and supply planning across the enterprise. The benefits of increased response to demand fluctuations — reduced inventory without adverse effects on service levels and the resulting increased profit margins — are too good to pass up. This has driven the growth in ERP and other planning systems in the last decade, with the goal of a fully integrated system from top to bottom, allowing maximum responsiveness with minimum slack. Many companies have come to realize, however, that most enterprise systems are either not actually integrated, have weak links, or lack some required functionality. 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. 

Avoid burnout by focusing on your team
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Not being able to enjoy what you have accomplished is a symptom of burnout, and it can be fatal to your career. But you are good at what you do, it can be hard to delegate. For truly success-driven executives, there never may be a cure for the relentless pursuit of perfection. But for those who are willing to take a moment to reflect on what they might do differently, there is a cure: Shift your focus from your own success to your team's success. Here's how. More

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7 years after Wal-Mart RFID mandate, RFID is alive and growing in the supply chain
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"Wal-Mart radio tags to track clothing." That was the headline of a July story in The Wall Street Journal. For many in the materials handling business, it was a déjà vu moment. After all, seven years earlier Wal-Mart announced what came to be known as "the mandate," the goal to have all suppliers tagging cases and pallets with RFID smart tags by the end of 2006. Anyone who ships to Wal-Mart knows how that worked out. But let's give the retailer credit where credit is due: Without that mandate, we might not be talking about RFID today. And make no mistake about it, when it comes to tackling problems in the supply chain, leading companies of all sizes are talking about RFID. More
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The Right 3PL Puts Cash in Your Pocket - Year-Over-Year
Outsourcing to a qualified third party logistics provider (3PL) can provide cost savings that are difficult to achieve when a company’s supply chain is managed in-house. To learn how to begin your search for the right 3PL partner, download our complimentary whitepaper here. For information or to speak with us about your supply chain, visit or call 603.792.2205.
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For Canadian DC, saving energy is a breeze
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The average daily high temperature in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in December is 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It dips to a frigid 9 degrees in January before climbing back to 16 degrees in February. It's in that environment that Federated Co-ops Inc. operates a 300,178-square-foot grocery distribution center to serve retail outlets throughout the region. Federated provides distribution and other services to some 250 retail cooperatives across Western Canada. During the winter, Federated's goal is to keep the temperature in the DC at about 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). That's proved high enough to keep everyone satisfied. 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.

Robert J. Bowman: The secret society of supply chain management
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Hey there, supply chain executive: Did you know that the U.S. Department of Labor doesn't recognize what you do as an occupation? Thumb through the agency's Occupational Outlook Handbook and you'll find a number of related jobs — water transportation occupations, logisticians, supply managers and the like. But nowhere is there a category for the individual who oversees a supply chain. Which, oddly enough, just about every company has. The problem is largely one of definition. What exactly is a supply chain manager? The title contains dozens of variations. More

Need to fool-proof idiot lights
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"Fool-proofing" is a term that goes back to the beginning of the 20th century. It's that concept of making something so easy that even a fool couldn't screw it up. The technological extension of this concept is "idiot lights." Those are the indicators on your car's dashboard that light up when something is starting to go wrong. Now, when it comes to fixing things mechanical and electronic, I AM an idiot. Those lights were made for guys like me. The only time the hood of my car gets popped is by a mechanic who knows the next step to take after the hood is open. At least I'm smart enough to schedule my car for maintenance so those idiot lights never have to tell me how dumb I am about what gets me from point A to point B. More

CHEP parent to acquire IFCO, creating a pallet and container giant
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Brambles, the Australian the parent company of the CHEP pallet business, moved into the plastic container and limited-use wood pallet market recently as it announced its intent to acquire Dutch-based IFCO Systems, creating a global pallet and container giant. It is not a small deal, with Brambles paying some $1.25 billion dollars to acquire IFCO from its current private equity owner. IFCO currently has revenues of about $750 million dollars, and when the deal is approved the acquisition will increase total CHEP sales by about 16 percent. 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.

General Mills sets new sustainability goals for 2015
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General Mills has set four new global environmental sustainability goals for 2015. These goals include reducing water use, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions all by 20 percent, as well as cutting solid waste generation by 50 percent. The four global environmental sustainability goals measure the company's global manufacturing operations using rates normalized per metric ton of product. The water use goal is measured against a 2006 baseline, while the solid waste, energy and greenhouse gas goals are measured against a 2005 baseline. More

Warehouse management helps Forzani beat the competition
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Canadian sporting goods retailer Forzani Group Ltd. is using a warehouse management system to improve throughput by 38 percent. The retailer employs nearly 14,000 people and operates more than 300 corporate stores and more than 200 franchises, as well as a wholesale business. As Forzani has expanded its store base, product line and customer service offerings, its warehouse management system was unable to support the higher volumes in its Calgary and Toronto distribution centers. More
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