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"Right Sizing Automation for your Fulfillment Operations"
This case study will describe the "former" state of the supply chain and explain how and why this environment required drastic transformation to keep pace with "hypergrowth." A review of each automation technology considered and the process of effectively evaluating these technologies and presenting the business case to executive management will be explained in detail. Finally, the resulting fulfillment center design and results achieved during the first six months will be presented by Christopher Halkyar, chief supply chain officer at Gilt Groupe, and Steve Johnson of Johnson Stephens Consulting Inc.
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Risk a key factor in supply chain network design
Material Handling & Logistics    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Significant cost savings and higher customer satisfaction can be found within the design of supply chain networks, according to a recent network design practices report by Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium. However, achieving these savings requires consideration of risk factors such as labor disruptions, weak links in the supply chain, capacity shortages and disruptions of flow. The frequency of these risks is causing supply chain managers to embark on more frequent supply chain network design studies, according to Bruce Tompkins, executive director of the Consortium. More

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Truckload rate increases strong in November
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Truckload carriers continued to fetch robust prices for their services in November, although the pace of rate increases moderated from a near seven-year high in October, according to a monthly index released recently by one of the nation's leading freight audit and payment firms. Cass Information Systems Inc., which audits and pays $17 billion worth of freight invoices a year on behalf of its customers, said its Truckload Linehaul Index reached a value last month of 108.4, indicating that truckload linehaul rates are up 8.5 percent year over year. More

WERC certifies 17 facilities in first year of best practices program
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One year after the launch of the warehousing and logistics industry's first and only best-practice certification program, 17 facilities have earned the right to be called "WERC Certified." The Warehousing Education and Research Council's Facility Certification Program rolled out just 12 months ago and continues to win support as 1PL and 3PL companies pursue certification status. "The results of the first year have exceeded our expectations," said WERC CEO Michael Mikitka. More

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Conveyor index up 103 percent from October 2010
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The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reported that its October 2011 Booked Orders Index was 235. Index in October is up 17 points or 8 percent from September's Index of 218. The October 2011 Index represents an increase of 103 percent from the October 2010 Index of 116. October Booked Orders Indexes were 279 for Bulk Handling Equipment and 227 for Unit Handling Equipment. Because Bulk Handling Systems booked and billed sales are reported quarterly and are averaged back to the two preceding months, the booked and billed indexes for non-quarter ending months for Bulk Handling Equipment and Category X, total of all categories, are adjusted quarterly. More

OSHA simplifies tire servicing
Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration revised its tire servicing materials to address industry hazards and help workers safely perform maintenance on large vehicle tires. The revised materials address OSHA's Materials Handling and Storage standard that protects workers who service single-piece and multi-piece rim wheels. Following recent talks with representatives from tire, rubber, and wheel manufacturers, OSHA determined a need for new materials with updates from sources such as the Tire Industry Association. More

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For logistics service providers, updating IT solutions key to new growth opportunities
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While fast paced change has been characteristic of the supply chain industry for many years, it's not surprising that many logistics service providers are not prepared to profitably take on new customers, partially because their outdated and inflexible IT systems won't allow it. Growth oriented providers must invest in up-to-date supply chain technology if they want to remain competitive and profitable. More

How managers can resolve workplace conflicts effectively
The Star-Ledger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At one time or another, all of us engage in disagreement or conflict at work. It can range from an argument with a co-worker to a strategic disagreement with your boss that goes too far. The common thread is the insidious impact workplace conflict has on employee engagement, morale and productivity. That's why a manager's seminal job is managing personalities and creating a cohesive work environment. Disagreement is a healthy way to assess and resolve issues, but discussions that transition into conflict are problematic. More
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How Electronic Postage Technology Demystifies International Shipping

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Cotemar uses RTLS to manage safety, supplies on PEMEX oil rigs
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For the past three years, Mexican oil-industry maintenance and transportation company Cotemar has been utilizing a real-time location system on four oil platforms located in the Gulf of Mexico, to identify which personnel are aboard each platform and the services they are using, without requiring the staff to check in or out. With that information, the company is able to know its employees' locations in the event of an emergency, as well as gain information regarding the number of meals they've eaten and the laundry services they've utilized, thereby enabling Cotemar to more efficiently provide supplies to those platforms. More

Asia/Pacific manufacturers beefing up predictive analytics to mitigate supply chain risk
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Analysts are forecasting continued global economic volatility in 2012, so it makes sense for forward-thinking companies to bolster their focus on improved efficiencies and the mitigation of supply chain risks. Recent research from IDC Manufacturing Insights confirmed that many Asia/Pacific manufacturers are doing just that. Drilling down even further, the IDC Manufacturing Insights report, "Asia/Pacific Manufacturing 2012 Top 10 Predictions," concludes that in 2012 there will be greater use of predictive analytics tools among the region's manufacturers. More

Vault Logistics- Driving business growth
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Grupo Éxito launches major electronics tagging pilot
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Grupo Éxito, one of the largest retail chains in Colombia, has launched a major pilot in which the company is placing EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID tags on every item at a new electronics store — known as Éxito Techno — in an innovative effort to determine if RFID can improve the traceability of products across the supply chain, while also reducing shrinkage, by tracking items from distribution center to point of sale. The deployment will remain in the pilot stage through at least the end of this month, the company reports, after which the results will be analyzed. More

Rail carrier profit engines roll on, while LTL sector slowly crawling out of its hole
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Warren Buffet certainly seemed to know what he was doing when he took rail carrier Burlington Northern private two years ago, as our analysis of Q3 financial performance for the sector shows the remaining four public rail carriers continuing to enjoying robust levels of profits. Meanwhile, the beleaguered less-than-truckload sector showed real financial improvement in the third quarter, with some of them actually showing a profit for a change — including Old Dominion, of course, which continues to show dramatically better financial performance than its competitors. More

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Package design helps Help Remedies launch into national distribution
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Help Remedies, a New York-based creator of minimalist over-the-counter medicine, is communicating the message that less — less drugs, less dyes, less coatings — is sometimes more. The company's statement, "Take Less," calls out "big pharma" for its excesses and promotes the idea of moderation in OTC drugs. To be sure, a company press release notes, "Help isn't an anti-drug company; in fact they are a drug company, one that understands and values the importance of medicine, yet thinks that simplicity and moderation are desperately needed in the industry." More

Hasbro targets greener packaging, supply chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
GI Joe has been green since 1964, when the action figure first went into battle for toymaker Hasbro. Now the plastic and cardboard package he comes in will be environmentally friendly, too. So will the packaging for such classic toys and games as Mr. Potato Head, Play-Doh, Monopoly and Candy Land, all of which, along with more recent phenomena like Littlest Pet Shop and the Transformers, are made by Hasbro, a Pawtucket, R.I.-based firm that sold about $4 billion of toys last year. More

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Alliance formed to build mega logistics center in South Central Florida
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A group made up of two large landowners, a major commercial real estate firm, and other interests plans to develop and market a 30 million-square-foot global logistics center on 4,700 acres in South Central Florida, another sign that the global supply chain is taking notice of Florida's stature as a population and commerce center. The consortium, made up of landowners Lykes Bros. Inc. and A. Duda & Sons Inc., has named real estate services giant Cushman & Wakefield to market the facility, the landowners said in a statement. The group also consists on supply chain advisory firm Institute St. Onge; Ware Malcomb, a leading industrial master planning and architectural firm; and Rockefeller Group Foreign Trade Zone Services. More

Do you believe in supply chain magic?
The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ray Karaffa writes, "I'm not talking about the smoke and mirrors of a Las Vegas act. I'm talking about real magic where parts and materials suddenly appear at the right quantity, the right place and at the right time. I'm talking about the two-bin system, reorder points and statistical forecast models. It has been said that Henry Ford used the two-bin system in the early production of his automobiles. As you know, each bin had to be equal in size to hold the quantity used during the lead time of the part with a little extra for unforeseen emergencies. When the first bin was emptied, a reorder card was sent to Purchasing to reorder another bins worth." More
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