|Feb. 21, 2013|
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Back to basics: Inventory handling and tracking technologies
Material Handling & Logistics
Inefficient or poorly managed logistics operations increase overhead and reduce customer satisfaction, posing a significant threat to a manufacturer's profitability. Technologies can lend an almost scientific approach to logistics operations planning. With that in mind, let's look at one area in which technology is making an impact: inventory tracking and handling.More
Cliff Holste: Restoring aging material handling equipment and systems will improve DC performance
Overtime with changes in a company's business model, customer order profiles, and SKU mix, material handling equipment and system controls can become outdated. Given the high replacement cost of new equipment, along with untimely disruptions to on-going operations, it's smart to first consider less evasive alternatives.More
Are you ready for supply chain management-as-a-service?
Doug Colbeth, chief executive officer of Kinaxis, delves into the new idea of supply chain management as-a-service, examines the state of cloud-based applications, and suggests a new term to replace "supply chain management."More
Keep on trucking (by rail)
Arguably, the most exciting development for the railroads since the invention of the diesel engine has been the growth in intermodal freight movements. The intermodal concept is an old one and actually originated when the Chicago Great Western Railway put the first trailer on a flatcar in 1936. It wasn't until 1952, however, that a major carrier, the Canadian Pacific Railway, introduced intermodal as a regular, ongoing service.More
Conveying a sense of urgency
Material Handling & Logistics
By the time 2012 ended, manufacturing and distribution professionals had reason to be conflicted. For many of them business was up and leading business indicators promised that an additional slow but steady lift was coming in 2013. This being a group that thrives on being well informed, however, they also know the threats they face. These include fragile consumer demand, continuing legislative/regulatory pressures, unpredictable oil/energy prices, decreasing margins and increasing wage pressures.More
What are the latest trends in data collection and wireless in distribution?
Supply Chain Digest
Supply Chain Digest editor Dan Gilmore recently gave a presentation at the Motorola Solutions Channel Partner Expo, an event for resellers of Motorola equipment and systems. At the event in Las Vegas, Gilmore had the chance to sit down with Mark Wheeler, a director of industry solutions for Motorola focused on the warehouse and distribution sector, to discuss his perspectives on user trends for wireless data collection devices.More
Air, sea, and land transportation for health care
Air freight, sea freight and overland transportation exclusively for the health care industry. Temperature controlled cargo in a seamless way, from pick up to delivery. Panalpina monitors and controls shipment to maintain product integrity every step of the way.More
Sustainability goes beyond Greenpeace
Chain of Thought
You've probably received your share of chain letters. You know, those emails warning of dire consequences if you don't spread the letter's message to 10 acquaintances. Usually those missives aren't worth the paper they're printed on. But if you've been on the receiving end of a supply chain letter, you know that the consequences of ignoring it are potentially devastating.More
3 reasons managers do not get the most out of employees
By Feras Banna
Have you ever wondered why many managers do not get the most out of their employees? The answer is simpler than you think. As a leader in an organization, your utmost responsibility is to provide your employees with a working environment that positively charged with motivation. Yet most managers do not particularly recognize this simple duty. Many managers tend to be promoted to a supervisory role due to their technical competence rather than people-management skills. As such, managers' influence on the workforce is not always positive. The solution to this is in a few good words — literally speaking!More
Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of WERCWatch, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WERC, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More