|Dec. 13, 2012|
WERC, MHEDA invite members to networking reception at ProMat 2013
The two associations jointly will host a reception for members from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the McCormick Place Room: S105 A, B/C. Each association will raffle off a convention/conference registration at the reception, so be sure to stop by and say hello.
Inefficient work flows go unchecked by management
Material Handling & Logistics
The warehouse and distribution center is under increasing pressure to reduce cost and increase margins. Recent research by Intermec reveals that in the last six months alone, nearly 8 out of 10 (79 percent) warehouse managers have been tasked with finding an average 19 percent cost saving from existing operations. Despite this mounting pressure to cut costs and the need to find efficiency gains in every process, managers admit to losing time and money through known inefficient workflows.More
Can small-scale DCs benefit from entry-level automation solutions?
For the most part, businesses are successful by offering products and services that are unique and perceived by customers to be cheaper and/or better than that offered by the competition. Often this differentiation, no matter how slight, is the key to having a thriving business. Accessing warehousing and distribution technologies that can lower per piece handling cost while maintaining order accuracy and speed can be challenging for small scale DCs operating on a tight budget.More
Getting the big-picture view of inventory
As more companies wrestle with maintaining just the right amount of inventory across the supply chain, they're turning to software for help. Specifically, they're investing in inventory optimization solutions, applications designed to help users calibrate stocking levels to their precise needs. Nearly a quarter of the respondents to a recent DC Velocity survey said they planned to buy inventory optimization software in 2013, making IO software second only to warehouse management systems on the list of proposed purchases. That's a notable change from past surveys, when transportation management software typically claimed the No. 2 spot on the list.More
DoD and IT supply chain risk
The scenario is one that information security experts dread: widespread dissemination of commercial technology that is secretly wired to function in unintended ways or even spy on its users. From this vantage point, mobile phones, network routers, computer work stations and any other device hooked up to a network can provide a point of entry for an adversary.More
Move: A supply chain shouldn't suffer from your growing pains
Material Handling & Logistics
For businesses, growth is both a goal and a challenge. Getting bigger means more customers, more employees and more supply chain links to get a product to market. Each link added offers potential to better manage manufacturing cost — and fulfill the imperative for just-in-time production — but it also exposes the business to more possibilities for disruption. It's easy, then, for fast growth to jettison the best-laid plans.More
Rudeness at work: What's your story?
Harvard Business Review
Being treated respectfully at work shouldn't seem like too much to ask. And there's plenty of evidence that people perform better when they feel a positive connection with their colleagues. But research tells a different story.More
Knapp conveyor uses RFID to help sort, pack items in proper sequence
Knapp, an Austrian firm specializing in warehouse automation and logistics, has developed an RFID-based conveyor system for sorting and packing goods in a specified sequence. The solution ensures that items can be placed within boxes in the correct order — for instance, with the heaviest products on the bottom — and that packages can be loaded onto trucks in a particular sequence, so they can be unloaded easily at various stops along a delivery route. At present, the system is being installed at a warehouse operated by Olymp, a German manufacturer of men's shirts.More
Are there hard-to-find workflow and screenflow inefficiencies in your DC operations?
Supply Chain Digest
Most distribution centers are charged with delivering continuous year-over-year performance improvement to lower operating costs. Occasionally, managers at many of these DCs will bring in a consultant to audit current DC practices, layout and other factors affecting productivity levels. Less common, but nevertheless often quite valuable, is to bring in an expert from the company's WMS provider (if an outside vendor was used) to audit how effectively the installed software is being used, and if changes in operations have moved ahead of how the software had been configured for the initial set of requirements.More
When I grow up I want to be a chief supply chain officer
The 21st Century Supply Chain
Even with the term "supply chain" being around for 30 years now, not too many parents have ever heard their children proclaim "I want to be a CSCO when I grow up." As one presenter at the latest CSCO Summit held in Chicago on Nov. 29 and 30, observed, "Supply chain is not sexy." Even finance and IT draw more youth to their respected fields than careers in supply chain. Maybe supply chain always has been the black sheep of the company family, the necessary evil, the cost of doing business. Although this was only the second CSCO Summit held by the IE Group, it became evident early in the presentations that Supply Chains are playing an increasingly integral part in the profitability and competitiveness of today's leading companies.More