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The future of management: Back to basics    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When you ask children what they want to be when they are older, how many of them say they want to be a manager? Not one usually announces such aspirations. In part this is because management is a pretty amorphous concept to a 10-year-old. But it's also because adults aren't exactly singing the praises of the management profession either. For example, in a 2008 Gallup poll on honesty and ethics among workers in 21 different professions, a mere 12 percent of respondents felt business executives had high/very high integrity — an all-time low. More

Canadian 3PL looks to see if RFID technology can help track plastic pallets
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Toronto third-party logistics firm JD Smith & Sons is installing RFID hardware and software that will enable it to track new lightweight plastic pallets equipped with EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags. The system, which also includes GPS and cellular communication technologies, is being provided by Axios Mobile Assets, an Ontario startup software and pallet provider. The goal is to determine whether the system can help JD Smith and its customers better track pallets and the goods loaded onto them, as well as reduce the company's carbon impact by tracking the trucks transporting those pallets, and thereby gain an understanding as to the number of miles each pallet and its goods have traveled. More

Art Petty: Managing risk without stifling experimentation
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The art and science of management is much about coping with risk. There are few certain outcomes in business, and that's particularly true when we factor in the reality that people are darned complex and don't always act rationally. More often than not, I see managers and leaders looking at their world through the eyes of "what can go wrong?" and basing their decisions solely on attempting to minimize those identified adverse outcomes. I also see a great number of aberrant behaviors affecting the decision-making processes and risk-taking actions of managers and organizations. More

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AS/RS helps PC supplier reboot
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Komplett may not be a name that rings a bell in North America, but the company is well known in Scandinavia, where it has become a leading supplier of PCs, PC components and other electronic parts. The company, which launched its e-commerce business in 1996, today boasts 675,000 customers, with all sales conducted over the Web. Its product line has grown to include more than 10,000 items, including customer-built PCs. Last year, Komplett shipped 1.4 million orders — an average of one every 23 seconds by its calculations. More

Dan Gilmore: The supply chain rule book
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Coming out of grad school, I interviewed with three large consulting firms: McKinsey, Booz Allen, and AT Kearney. The latter two offered me a job. McKinsey, to its everlasting detriment, did not. I think I didn't manage my silverware quite right at lunch with two of the partners in the Cleveland office. I bring that up not only for a small bit of humor, but also because something one of Booz Allen partners told me at the time: 50 percent of consulting usually was reminding companies of principles and practices that they knew or lived by at some point but somehow have forgotten. More

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Danny Halim: Investing in supply chain planning by mid-sized companies is an investment in their growth
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As the economy rebounds, today's mid-sized companies are in a uniquely challenging situation: they must drive innovation in both their products and internal processes while establishing a foundation for growth and keeping pace with increasing customer expectations. Simultaneously, any solution to help companies achieve this goal must deliver value fast — or they never will get off the drawing board. A recent IDC Manufacturing Insights report captured the dichotomy between lowering operational costs and driving innovation. When asked about the business priorities that would drive their IT investments, 38 percent of mid-sized companies surveyed emphasized the importance of cost-cutting initiatives. More
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Experts say sustainability remains a dominant trend in packaging
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Partnerships between packaging manufacturers, consumer products manufacturers and retailers to advance their common sustainability goals are firmly established as part of the cost of doing business in today's environment. Members of a panel at the Pack Expo trade show likened the continuing focus on eco-friendly packaging and cost-consciousness in manufacturing, supply and retail to a tsunami. "I've been really encouraged by the fact that, in a tough economy, you really haven't seen that wave wane much," Ellen Feeney, White Wave Foods' executive vice president for responsible livelihood, said during the Nov. 1 session. "I think that's because people have been really smart in articulating how we can save money and be more sustainable." More

German clothing company s.Oliver puts RFID to the test
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After testing the use of RFID to reduce the incidence of out-of-stocks at several of its stores, German clothing firm s.Oliver Bernd Freier now is pondering the project's results and is trying to ascertain whether to adopt the technology permanently. The company, which reports annual sales of more than €1 billion ($1.4 billion) and employs 6,500 staff members worldwide, sells clothing and accessories for men, women and children, with a focus on young fashion. The company's business is 24 percent retail, with the remainder comprising wholesale and franchise operations. In the stores that it operates, s.Oliver wants to make sure that certain items are always in stock. More

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RFID system balances readability, price and data
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Intelleflex believes it has struck a three-way cold chain balance in RFID technology: tag readability through several layers of packaging and insulation, a price point low enough for use at the carton or individual package level, and data capacity that allows both environmental monitoring and pedigree information. The solution provides users with on-demand data visibility through hand-held and fixed readers, without having to unload pallets or open cartons. The readers also provide input for corporate software applications. In free space, the tags can be read from 100 meters, according to the company announcement. More

Umair Haque: Why you should focus on 'worst practices'
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If you want to be disruptive, don't start with best practices. Try, instead, to find your industry's worst practices and take tiny steps — or better yet, giant leaps — toward bettering them. When you learn how to see them, worst practices lurk everywhere because they're baked into the tired, toxic assumptions of business as usual. Customer service nightmares, design desolation, lowest common denominators, marketing by half-truth and what you might call total zombification (think GM's reanimated IPO) — they're just a few shining examples of the worst of the worst, desperately crying out to be bettered. But they're not the only ones. Your challenge is finding and then bettering a few of your own to form the basis of a disruptive competitive position. More

Mike Michalowicz: The right way to delegate your next big project
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Delegating is a task that even well-seasoned managers sometimes struggle with. It can be a challenge all the way around, as letting go of the reins and finding the right person to hand them over to isn't an easy thing to do. As an entrepreneur, you most likely have big projects from time to time. And there is also a good chance that you already have too much on your plate to manage it all. Trying to fit more in and manage it all is counterproductive, so just don't do it. More

Separating the masters from the majority: Supply chain optimization in the new analytics economy
Accenture Analytics via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Much has been said about the effect that past years' challenges have had on the way companies do business. As managers adjust to a marketplace where permanent volatility and accelerating globalization are facts of life, they must acknowledge that what was effective yesterday may not be tomorrow. For supply chain professionals, the need to anticipate and adapt never has been more critical to high performance. The data revolution has brought valuable resources to supply chain managers with the tools and inclination to harness enormous quantities of data being captured every day across their organizations. More

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Susan Adams: How to communicate better at work
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The title of Karen Friedman's new book isn't exactly subtle. "Shut Up And Say Something: Business Communication Strategies to Overcome Challenges and Influence Listeners" lays out her no-nonsense philosophy about how to best get your point across, drawn from her 35 years of experience as a professional communicator. As a TV news reporter, she worked at local stations in cities from Milwaukee to Huntsville, Ala. For the last 15 years, she's headed up Karen Friedman Enterprises, a communication coaching firm in Philadelphia. How does she apply her ideas in the workplace? More

Truck rates, capacity shortages seen as biggest headaches for shippers in 2011
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A shortage of truckload capacity — and the rate increases that could result from it — will be the biggest challenges facing shippers next year, according to comments heard at the National Industrial Transportation League's annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. When asked in an informal poll at the conference which of the major transport modes will experience the fiercest pricing pressure next year, 44 percent of the respondents said "truckload" — by far the highest percentage of any of the modes. Shipper executives interviewed at the meeting said truck rate increases will be problematic for their businesses next year. More
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