|Oct. 25, 2012|
Warehousing Industry Resources Event (WIRE 2013) filling up fast
Sixteen sponsors and 35-plus exhibitors are already on board and planning for WIRE 2013. You can join their ranks easily by calling or emailing Gary Master at 719-495-5050 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jim Indelicato at 630-521-9033 or email@example.com. We'll be in Dallas in 2013, April 28 to May 1 at the Sheraton Hotel. See you there!
Material handling's future tied to upping US capacity
During the Material Handling Industry's Fall Meetings in San Antonio, representatives from the major product sections of MHI gave their assessment of this country's fiscal health based on their own fiscal health. Hal Vandiver, MHI's executive consultant, said that for the next two or three years we can expect lackluster growth overall, judging by housing starts and employment. Furthermore, unemployment is expected to be above normal for the next two or three years. That means consumer durables will be low. So we're not headed for a consumer rebound, he said.More
The coming collapse of average managers, employees
Harvard Business Review
Michael Schrage writes, "'Whip your thoroughbreds.' That's the phrase I kept hearing from Jack Welch-era high potential managers hurtling up GE's global hierarchies. Brutally simple and simply brutal, this Welchian aphorism disproportionately drove top management behavior. The company found it got far greater value working its best people harder than by pushing its multitudes of 'better than average' managers to work smarter. The numbers were compelling."More
Protection from hazmat shipping hazards
Material Handling & Logistics
Manufacturers, importers or anyone who repackages hazardous materials, have the burden of proof that the materials they offer for transport are properly classed, packaged and labeled. The identification of a hazardous material with its proper classification is essential for safe handling, transport, emergency response and product storage.More
Is Washington the weak link in your supply chain?
Material Handling & Logistics
For manufacturers, the choice of the next president may come down to determining who has the clearest vision for growth. In his first Inaugural Address in 1981, President Ronald Reagan famously ushered in the modern era of conservative thought when he stated, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." And for the last 30-plus years, that core philosophy has been furiously debated on the left and on the right, with no clear answer to the question: What role should the government play in the daily lives of U.S. citizens?More
Tailored for performance
Sometimes, the line between picking and sorting gets blurred. For instance, take a system where sorters divide batches of products into individual orders, and in doing so, perform the order selection duties commonly done by pickers. If that sounds like some kind of futuristic technology, it's not. Desigual, an apparel company founded in Barcelona, Spain, in 1984, has such a system. The automated setup is designed specifically to meet the demands of high stock-keeping unit turnover and changing distribution cycles.More
Logistics without borders?
Peter Bradley writes, "When the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals held its annual conference in Atlanta in October, it offered its usual stellar lineup of presentations on a wide variety of topics of interest to logistics and supply chain professionals. I'd like to focus on one track that I found particularly intriguing for shedding light on how professional management of supply chains is not only good for business, but can also be a source for social good."More
Recycled products lead green packaging boom
Waste Management World
The global green packaging market was worth almost $109 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach nearly $178 billion by 2018, according to a new report by market analysts, Transparency Market Research. The report — Green Packaging Market (Recycled, Reusable & Degradable) - Global Scenario, Trends, Industry Analysis, Size, Share and Forecast, 2011-2018 — also said that the growth amounts to a 7.6 percent compound annual growth rate.More
Should Walmart use buyer incentives to help green its supply chain?
Walmart had a problem. While the company took many actions to green up its sustainable chain, including the use of sustainability index and scorecards, its buyers still didn't take sustainability into account during their decision-making process. So what did Walmart do about it? According to Andrew Winston, the company's solution was very simple: adding sustainability performance to its buyers' performance evaluation. In other words, Walmart chose to join a growing number of companies that link compensation with sustainability, hoping this incentive will ensure its buyers will start looking at sustainability differently.More
Yes, Virginia, there is a supply chain
The 21st Century Supply Chain
Andy Zeitz writes, "My children are getting to the age now where the question that inspired the title of this blog is creeping into our dinner conversations. Luckily for me, the suggested twist in this classic exchange is not nearly as contentious or potentially upsetting as its original — or is it? Unlike our belief in Santa Claus, which starts out with us as toddlers 'knowing' that he exists and progressing through a cycle of hoping, questioning, doubting, to ultimately, and somewhat tragically realizing that he... Our adoption of the notion of supply chain management as business strategy is often the opposite — from disbelief/disinterest, to fervent conviction that it is so."More