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2011's hottest job you never thought of: Supply chain management
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Everybody has heard by now that health care companies are promising hunting grounds for job seekers, and the new year will see hiring perk up elsewhere, too. But when you think of fields where there just aren't enough skilled candidates to go around, one that probably doesn't come to mind is supply chain management: the complicated, behind-the-scenes work of getting goods from one place to another, on time and on budget. A shortage of qualified supply chain managers right now, especially in global companies that must coordinate far-flung operations, can be traced to two factors. More

Lift truck makers to customers: Ask, and (maybe) ye shall receive
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Forget the old adage "silence is golden." If you want something changed, you need to speak up. No doubt you've heard that sterling advice from parents, teachers, managers and mentors. Now you can add lift truck makers to that list. The designers and manufacturers of forklifts, reach trucks and similar equipment genuinely want to hear your thoughts on how they could improve their products. This is not just another feel-good "we listen to our customers" marketing tactic. They're soliciting feedback with some very specific goals in mind. For one thing, they're looking for information that will help them design products that are safer and more efficient. They also are hoping, of course, to boost sales. More

At warehouses run by ATC Logistics, things can get complicated
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The standard warehouse management system is intended to boost the efficiency of basic functions such as receiving, putaway and picking. It can end up saving the user large amounts of time and money, but it seldom directly addresses the critical element of customer service. ATC Logistics & Electronics needs more. A major provider of third-party logistics services to makers of high-tech electronics products, the company stakes its reputation on the ability to meet nearly 100 percent of service-level commitments. That's no easy task, given the scale of ATC's operations: more than 61 million items processed annually, including 11 million returns and exchanges, and the packaging and kitting of 8 million pieces. More

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iGPS calls for formal investigation of abusive trade practices of wood pallet industry
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In a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and Florida Attorney General's Office, Intelligent Global Pooling Systems is calling for a formal investigation into the misleading and abusive trade practices of the wood pallet industry. It says the actions by the wooden pallet industry that spread false and misleading information about the safety of plastic pallets epitomize the reckless and disreputable character of the industry. "Asking a politician in his final minutes in office to submit a letter, such as the letter former U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at the obvious request of the wooden pallet industry, is cynical and disingenuous," says Bob Moore, chairman and CEO of iGPS. More

Technologies can converge without crashing
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In this "TMI" era, "Too Much Information" really becomes a problem if it's collected via too many automatic platforms. Sometimes two is too many, especially if those platforms, like bar codes and radio frequency, conflict. That's why industry now is demanding that there be commonality among these different forms of data collection, and GS1, the international standards making body, is mapping the way. Working with VDC Research, it put out a new whitepaper on this subject. It's titled "Barcode & RFID Convergence: Enabling Greater Visibility," and it explains why this is so critical: "The ability to easily leverage information gathered from multiple systems and then port that information — in real time — will open up the floodgates for analytics, dashboards and real-time alerting, driving the decision making processes down as low as it can possibly be driven." More

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Robert J. Bowman: Bridging the supply chain talent gap
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"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans," John Lennon sang, and at the risk of trivializing his words, I believe one could substitute the word "business" for "life" and still have a true statement. What is a supply chain, after all, but a complex organism that behaves in unpredictable if not capricious ways? Planners play a vital role in the organization, even as the real world conspires to makes hash of their efforts. We never will eliminate the unforeseen, although we can soften its impact through strong, focused leadership. A planner should do just that — plan — and not be diverted by the needs of the moment. Unfortunately, the opposite happens all too often in companies today, especially in trying economic times. More

Signs of strength, weakness in 2011
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Some of the largest U.S. banks have increased their lending to companies, according to researchers at Moody's Analytics. The Wall Street Journal reports this is a sign that hiring may be around the corner, as a percentage of loans normally goes to business expansion. According to JPMorgan Chase & Co., lending to companies with revenues between $10 million and $500 million rose by 7 percent in 2010, while lending to smaller firms rose 40 percent. Moody's Analytics estimated lending to businesses rose 0.2 percent to $1.22 trillion in the fourth quarter and that commercial lending would rise 3 percent next year. That 0.2 percent rise was the first increase in two years, the Journal said, so this could be a trend with legs. More
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How to hold onto talent when you can't afford raises
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During the worst of the recession, small company owners didn't have to do much explaining to employees if they kept a lid on raises; it was clear that many businesses were in survival mode. But the mood seems a little less dire this year, even with unemployment at 9.6 percent. For one thing, consumer spending is picking up a bit. Many entrepreneurs and executives realize that with business growth picking up, they need to act now to hold onto their best employees. According to the WorldatWork 2010-2011 Salary Budget Survey, while U.S. employers will offer salary raises averaging 2.5 percent in 2010, they will award high performers average raises of 3.7 percent. More

Is packaging part of the problem or solution in the pharmaceutical sector?
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Pardon the unintended pun, but there's been no shortage of incoming e-mails from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration describing drug shortages during the past year. A Dec. 29 article in the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune noted, "150 drugs are now considered in short supply in the United States — twice as many as five years ago." That's frightening for patients who might have to rely on less effective drug options as a result of those shortages. The article mentioned that production problems could be contributing to the shortages. Is packaging part of that equation? Hard to tell, but there's reason to question manufacturing quality, particularly at a time when pharmaceutical manufacturers are looking to cut costs. More

Innovation Starts At ProMat® 2011

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Making forklift making safer
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Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc. announced that the Quality Assurance department at Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. Inc. has achieved 200,000 consecutive hours worked without a recordable accident according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The 200,000 hours represents 1,000 work days. Achieving this record in a plant that makes forklifts adds to the accomplishment, the company believes. "Forklift manufacturing is unique from other industrial equipment due to the weight of components," the company stated in its announcement. "An average size forklift weighs three times more than an automobile. As such, TIEM put into place safety programs to address ergonomic and hazardous challenges." More

Is your supply chain as good as you think?
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You may not be as good as you think if you're not measuring your supply chain end to end. More


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Trevor Miles: Social networks and supply chains — It's a question of maturity
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I often am asked what will be the role of social networks in supply chains. I think their potential is enormous, and I think we are seeing an emerging interest in their use in supply chain management. I'm not talking about the direct use of Facebook or Twitter, although I would not rule out this possibility, but rather the use of the concept of social networks and technologies. However, as I noted in a recent blog titled "Do you trust yourself to collaborate? The real barrier to collaboration is not technology, but trust," the real issue to overcome is trust between trading partners. I am a firm believer that a simple exchange of information on a regular basis is a way to build trust, which can then lead to the sharing of more information. More

Tina Smagala: Straight talk is an essential leadership skill
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Straight talk involves communicating honest feedback using direct words in a supportive manner. It is an essential skill for leaders and individuals when helping others at work or at home to change a behavior or situation that is not achieving desired results. New and inexperienced leaders often avoid straight talk or do it poorly, causing confrontations instead of conversations. By using the following 10 tips, you can learn to facilitate an effective straight-talk conversation. More

Most companies are seeing benefits from sustainability strategies
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New evidence of widespread moves by companies to seek out and adopt sustainable business practices is emerging from a global research project commissioned by KPMG International. Early results from a survey of 378 large and medium-sized companies in 61 countries show that 62 percent already have an active sustainability program in place, and 11 percent currently are developing one. The survey, carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit, reveals a clear increase in the numbers of companies with active programs. A similar survey released in February 2008 showed that at that stage, just over half of respondents had a sustainability strategy in place. More

Major macro trends affecting the supply chain in 2010
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After the disastrous year of 2009, one of the worst economically since the Great Depression, 2010 was certainly a better time for most, although economic recovery remained wobbly, companies and consumers remained mostly wary and conservative, and developing markets were where most of the action was. Supply Chain Digest thought it would be good to kick off the new year with a series of charts from government data and other sources that offer a graphical review of 2010 along a series of macro data on the economy, retail spending and other dimensions. More
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