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Maine to set precedent with extended producer responsibility law
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On March 25, Maine Governor John Baldacci will sign into law the first U.S. extended producer responsibility framework law. According to a news release from the state, businesses, environmental groups and legislators came together to advance this practical approach to addressing the growing, expensive problem of managing consumer product waste. Maine's new law will set a precedent for other states to adopt similar framework. More

How to make everyone happy in the supply chain
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In the world of a supply manager, navigating the territory between internal customers, suppliers and buyers is tricky. A new study by an Oregon State University supply chain researcher shows this balancing act between keeping costs under control and keeping suppliers happy is even more difficult than previously thought because of tough economic conditions. More

As green supply chain focus increases, complexity abound -- What is your chemicals inventory?
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An interest and activity in the green supply chain practices heat up, companies are experiencing a multi-step change in requirements and complexity that is in some cases proving almost overwhelming. The demands are many: a company's own green supply chain initiatives, pressure or requirements from customers, rules and regulations from governments across the globe. Managing these and other pressures while having little or no cost impact to the enterprise may seem at times an almost impossible task. More

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Can you reduce inventory by rescheduling late demand?
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A fact of life for many manufacturers is that there are customer orders or forecast for products that are going to be late because one or more of the components will be received late from the supplier. In many cases, the components that are not late are received from the suppliers and held in inventory and the suppliers are paid or in the process of being paid. Furthermore, there may have been sub-assemblies built and sitting in inventory awaiting the late component(s) from suppliers. More

Conveyors: Industry shipments fall in 2009
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The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association recently reported that 2009 shipments in North America were down 22.74 percent. CEMA estimates shipments totaled $6.058 billion for 2009, a decrease of $1.76 billion from 2008 shipments of $7.821 billion. 2009 broke the string of five consecutive years of growth. More

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Best practices for addressing part nonconformance
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Every manufacturer deals with shipments of nonconforming parts (also known as "part deviation") from suppliers. Quality control systems simply do not eliminate nonconforming parts altogether. However, by better managing deviation and minimizing its impact, manufacturers can reduce costs, strengthen customer relationships and build stronger ties with suppliers and partners. Taking it one step further, companies today are creating a strategic advantage by adopting a proactive approach to working with suppliers and maintaining efficient internal review/approval processes. More

3M launches asset, inventory tracking system
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Later this month, 3M plans to release its Asset and Inventory Tracking System, with a hosted software application that will allow organizations such as IT departments and construction equipment managers to use RFID or bar coding to track their assets. To test the system's flexibility, the company is preparing to pilot the technology to track laboratory equipment within its own facilities in St. Paul, Minn. More

Should you let your equipment do the walking?
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For years, distribution consultants have labored to find ways to reduce travel time in the warehouse operation. Traditionally, that's meant designing distribution center layouts to minimize the distance order pickers had to walk to retrieve items from storage. Common sense dictates that the less time workers spend traveling, the more time they'll have for order picking and the more productive they'll be. But there's another way to increase picking productivity. More

An action plan for tough times
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I've written in recent posts about the curious failure of many companies to respond vigorously to changing conditions in the early weeks of the Great Recession. They seemed unable to cope with a sudden collapse of demand, other than to enact wholesale layoffs or draconian cost-cutting measures. Where were those visionary CEOs who can turn a crisis into an opportunity for innovation and rebirth? More Manages Freight Claims Worldwide! was developed to provide a quicker and more efficient way for freight claim professionals to process and manage their OS&D claims and thereby improve cash flow for their business. It was established as a means to link shipper and 3PL's to the carriers that accept claims via the Internet.

It's time to kick the texting-while-driving habit
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I admit it freely. I am guilty. Guilty as charged. But I am in recovery. I just wish it were easier. As the pace of life and business continues to ramp up, we're all striving to do more with less. That's led to an explosion in the use of technologies that promise greater efficiency, higher productivity, and (we would hope) greater success by enabling us to stay in constant contact with the world around us. It's easy to forget that all that connectivity sometimes comes at the price of personal and public safety. More

U.S. biodiesel lives to see another day; tax credit back
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On Dec. 31, 2009, Congress allowed a crucial $1 per gallon tax credit to expire, resulting in U.S. biodiesel production capacity dipping to near 15 percent. Fortunately for biodiesel producers, the gravitational pull between politicians and bailing out unprofitable industries is among the strongest forces in the universe. The Senate recently voted 62-36 for the "American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act," which retroactively reinstituted the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit through Dec. 31, 2010. The House and Senate must reconcile differences between a similar bill, but the passage of the Senate version is of immense importance for the industry. More

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Royal Food Import expects e-seals will save it a king's ransom
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When imported goods are shipped from a seaport to regional hubs throughout the United States via rail, the timing of their arrival can be varied and unpredictable. The inability to accurately plan when products will arrive can cause added expense and delays for Royal Food Import, which imports private-label processed fruits, fish and vegetables packaged in Asia and South America, and supplies them to U.S. retailers. So when the company began seeking a temperature-monitoring system for its containers in transit, it discovered that a single solution could solve both temperature and scheduling issues. More
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