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Marketing may be your supply chain's weak link
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If you ever thought the marketing department had a blind spot when it comes to supply chain management, turns out you're right. A new study by the Chief Marketing Officer Council reveals significant blind spots in the go-to-market process as marketers focus on strategy, creative development and campaign execution to the detriment of effective demand chain provisioning. The latter includes the efficient and timely delivery of marketing and merchandising materials to dealer, agent, franchise, retail and brand office locations, as well as the processing of customer requests for sales literature and samples through Web, call center and e-mail channels. More

Curing the logistics identity crisis
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As if companies haven't seen enough crises in the last couple years, The Wall Street Journal recently added another: It's an identity crisis. That's right, WSJ cites several big companies whose growth into new areas of business have challenged its marketers to come up with a concise catch-phrase for what their company does. The following are some examples along with their translations. More

Art van Bodegraven and Kenneth B. Ackerman: The truth about 'business transformation'
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Business transformation has been the phrase of the month for quite a while now, and countless consultants have amassed wealth delivering whatever BT is to clients who have been willing to suspend disbelief and get past the price tag for the sake of the sound of the concept. Too cynical? We confess to a bias, as working consultants, for turning hopes into reality over creating impossible dreams. Sort of a little-engine-that-could yin to the yang of Don Quixote. But what is business transformation? Maybe the definition depends on who's selling it. For some, BT is synonymous with the implementation of new systems, often enterprise technology solutions. More

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State Department's security bureau checks out RFID weapons-tracking app
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The U.S. State Department's law-enforcement and security division, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, has installed an RFID-based system at an armory within one of its facilities in the Washington, D.C, area. This enables the bureau to store an electronic record of which personnel have taken and returned which weapons, while also automating the checkout process. The RFID system can also issue alerts if an unauthorized event occurs. The system, known as EasyArms, was provided by ODIN, an RFID solutions provider and systems integrator based in Ashburn, Va. More

Leverage your supply chain to increase shareholder value
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Conventional wisdom holds that supply chain leaders typically outperform their competitors. What is not so widely known is that supply chains directly affect a company's profitable growth and increase shareholder value, according to Tompkins Associates' new paper, "Leveraging the Supply Chain for Increased Shareholder Value." "Supply chains encompass virtually the entire operations of a business," says Gene Tyndall, co-author of the paper, and EVP of global supply chain services at Tompkins Associates. More

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Food service execs say traceability is priority
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Supply chain traceability is becoming increasingly important — particularly for companies in the food and beverage sector and their customers. In fact, more than three quarters of food service professionals recently polled by Voxware said that traceability is a priority for their companies. The voice of the consumer appears to be getting louder. Nearly a third said their customers ask either frequently or urgently about plans on compliance, and more than half said their customers are asking about traceability occasionally. In addition, nearly three-fourths of respondents said they are either somewhat likely or very likely to adopt some traceability standards in the near future. More

Bob Trebilcock: Is automated materials handling ready to grow?
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Are we seeing a resurgence of interest in automated materials handling systems, particularly in distribution? That's a question that has been on my mind, based on three points. The first is rooted in some of the very highly automated systems we've profiled in Modern during the last few months, including Office Depot and Del Monte. Both brought automated technologies more frequently associated with manufacturing, including robotics and automatic guided vehicles, into the distribution center. When each of those stories ran, I received e-mails and telephone calls from other large end users who were interested in automating their facilities. More
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6 guidelines to prevent workplace slips, trips and falls
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It's probably happened to most of us. That momentary lapse of inattention thinking about a personal problem or distracted by an activity that ends in a slip, trip or fall. A stumble down a stairway. A trip over an uneven surface. Slipping on the ice. It can lead to a variety of regrettable events ranging from a simple bruised shin to an extremely serious injury. It's just one of a variety of conditions and situations that set the stage for slips, trips and falls in the workplace. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents, which account for the following. More

14 management dos and don'ts to motivate employees
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Is your team fully engaged to give their best, day in and day out? In a recent study by TowersWatson, an international HR consulting firm, fewer than 21 percent of employees surveyed described themselves as "highly engaged," down from 31 percent in 2009. And 8 percent admitted to being fully disengaged. Having only one-fifth of your employees highly engaged is not the hallmark of a "Winning Business." Other studies show that employee engagement derives from three important factors. More

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Jim Tompkins: The top 11 positive supply chain value creation opportunities for 2011
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The increased complexity of today's supply chains highlights the impacts that these operations can have on shareholder value — positive or negative. So, I present my "Top 11 Positive Supply Chain Value Creation Opportunities for 2011." It would be easier to write a book than 11 brief summaries on these topics, but I feel that just the key points will be of more value to you. My Top 11 follows. More

RFID and AIDC news: A retro view — the Ten Commandments of bar coding
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A strange as it may seem for today's generation, in the early days of bar coding (1980s and through much of the 1990s), the technology had many pit falls and companies often ran into many problems with bar code quality, scannability, label appropriateness and other issues that caused real problems with their ability to consistently read bar code symbols correctly. For example, SCDigest editor Dan Gilmore says he worked on an automated distribution center that relied on scanning an "I 2 of 5" case code to trigger automated print and apply of a serialized bar code label for sortation purposes — but that the I 2 of 5 labels printed as part of the production process had serious quality errors that made them unuasable. More

Dan Gilmore: The top 10 supply chain innovations of all time
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What are the most important supply chain innovations of all time? Can they even be identified? I have been working on this off and on for almost a year, and found it is difficult to pull together. The biggest challenge was that many innovations either have no clear origins, or maybe it was sort of a combined evolution along a number of fronts. This is especially true in terms of much technology innovation. For example, I have looked hard to see if there was some single company that invented the concept of supply chain network optimization software, but have so far stuck out. My sense is that it developed in parallel/collaboration among several academics. More

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Solving the problem of the aging workforce
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The aging workforce: Many of us have seen the news time and time again of the looming crisis. We hear of the magnitude of the issue — companies on average will see 29 percent of their workforce eligible to retire by 2025. The crisis is even worse outside the U.S. Companies in many countries will see, on average, 36 percent of their population reach retirement eligibility even earlier — by 2020. Yet little is being done to effectively handle its impact. The most likely reason is that companies have been forced to shift their strategic planning priorities to address the ever-increasing short-term expectations of investors. More

Umair Haque: Making room for reflection is a strategic imperative
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Business is, above all, busy. And maybe it's too busy. Let's face it. Most of us spend most of our time chasing the immediate reward, the short-run "objective," the near-term "goal — in short, the expedient and the convenient. But maybe business's obsessive focus on doing hasn't defused any of the following conflagrations, and is, instead, dumping Molotov cocktails on each: customers as detached, distrusting and "disloyal," investors firing back at boardrooms, regulators with bloodlust a-burning in their eyes, and about a trillion low-cost factories that can do it all faster, quicker and cheaper anyway. More
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