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OSHA Regulatory Agenda to Impact Material Handling Operations
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Recently, OSHA released its fall 2009 regulatory agenda, which details the U.S. government's 29 major regulatory projects designed to promote safe workplaces. The agenda, published on Dec. 7 in the Federal Register, addresses several issues that directly impact material handling operations in a variety of industries. More

Food Traceability: Supply Chain's Feast or Famine
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Over the past few years, security precautions have been put in place to protect this country from domestic and international terrorists, health-related outbreaks, and even financial shenanigans among others. In spite of that, however, the most important pipeline -- the food supply -- has mostly been ignored and even neglected. The European Union has had food traceability regulations in place since 2005 with the U.S. taking a less-than-direct approach with voluntary, mostly arbitrary programs. With the U.S. Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (HR 2749) having already passed the House and a similar Senate version (S510) on the fast track, mandated, system-wide traceability is coming. While food safety may be the catalyst, the benefits extend beyond food safety and into the supply chain by increasing visibility, and potentially long-term profitability. More

Integrated Planning and Execution: What Does It Really Mean?
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Companies that want to transition from operating independently within functional silos to organizational structures that are truly integrated are a common topic of discussion. But how much of this integration has really occurred? The reality is that most companies still operate in these functional silos -- even larger scale organizations perceived as being progressive. More

Happy 25th Birthday DCA!!
Team DCA -- the Distribution Centers of America (DCA) celebrates 25 years of regional service excellence throughout its national network of distribution/warehouse companies.

DCA members comprise more than 20 million square feet of warehouse space. Individually owned and operated, each member of TeamDCA is a leader in its regional market, providing value-added warehousing and third party logistics services responsive to the needs of domestic and global companies. TeamDCA members are committed to customer success in that region. For more information, or to request a quote for service visit

Truckload Rates Remain At or Below 2000-02 Levels
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Data from a leading consultancy show that truckload rates on many key traffic lanes are at or below levels from the 2000-02 period, a stark reminder of how the economic downturn, a freight recession, increased competition, and overcapacity have spawned a near-lost decade for truckload rates. From Dallas/Fort Worth to Atlanta, the rate today is $1.36 a mile, compared to $1.38 in 2001, the IHS Global Insight index found. More

October Wholesale Revenues Up 1.2 Percent
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Wholesale distributor revenues were $326.2 billion, up 1.2 percent from September, but down 9.6% from October 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau announced.October sales of durable goods were up 0.8 percent from the previous month, but were down 11.1 percent from a year ago. Read on in the linked article to explore more detailed statistics. More

Lydall Transport is now CrossGlobe
For over 50 years CrossGlobe has provided fast, efficient, trusted transportation & warehousing services to producers of specialized products that need expert care and handling.

Major Indicators Show Modest Growth for 2010
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The Global Economic Outlook from the Conference Board, the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report on Business and a new report by the Manufacturers Alliance all suggest long-awaited economic growth is on the way -- both domestically and internationally. More

The Secrets of Effective Execution
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Execution is one of the least addressed issues in the literature of management and leadership. That is surprising, because in distribution, as with most leadership issues, the example is set at the top. Whether the chief executive does a masterful job or flat out fails to execute, the template is likely to be followed all down the line. More
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Cold Collaboration: Customized Logistics In A Refrigerated Warehouse
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Many automated material handling systems can deliver solid, incremental improvements in warehouse efficiency, accuracy and space utilization. Then there are the installations that are real game-changers. Read on in the linked article to find out how refridgetated warehousing is undergoing marked improvement. More

Protecting CRM Customer Data Requires Vigilance
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Keeping CRM secure is not a one-size-fits-all task. Indeed, tackling security issues around CRM data demands close examination of vendors as well as internal and external threats -- and it's a vital part of customer relationship management. The alternative is devastating. More
Vocollect, #1 in the Business of Voice
Vocollect, Inc. is the number one provider of voice solutions for mobile associates worldwide, helping customers achieve a higher level of business performance through voice. Every day Vocollect enables over 250,000 associates worldwide to distribute more than $2 billion dollars worth of goods from distribution centers and warehouses to customer locations. Learn more
SI Systems -- The Order Fulfillment Expert™
SI Systems is a global leader in designing and implementing integrated systems for full and split case picking operations. Combined with our SINTHESIS™ suite of software modules that collectively comprise a complete warehouse control system (WCS), our customers can expect faster, more accurate and more consistent levels of productivity from their operations. More
Your System Integrator for Sorting of Books, Garments, Multi-Media, Post and more
DistriSort Inc offers a wide experience and excellent competence in complete sorting solutions for SINGLE items in products such as: Books, Garments, Music + Multimedia, Shoes, Small Parcels, Flyers, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics. Our control systems are developed in house (DistriSoft®) and control all aspects of the sorting system, including the sorter, scanners, induction belts, supply and dispatch conveyors and special machines. More
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