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Systems Logic, the pioneers of Visual Logistics take their turnkey WMS solution on a coast to coast tour.

Learn how Systems Logic helped D+S Distribution (Wooster, OH) go paperless, reduce administrative costs by 60%, and achieve an inventory accuracy of over 99.993%, in under 4 months!

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New food-safety law likely to boost use of RFID technology
ABI Research via SupplyChainBrain    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some 48 million cases of illness in the United States each year are caused by spoiled or contaminated food, much of it coming from fresh produce consumed in its raw state, according to the Center for Disease Control. Two ways to ameliorate this "epidemic" are to improve control over the conditions in which food is kept as it moves from farm to consumer markets, and to enhance the traceability of food shipments within the supply chain. "RFID systems with temperature sensors can contribute to less tainted produce and provide the same standards-based tracing, while delivering information that could prevent as much as $35 billion a year in wasted produce," says Bill Arnold, ABI Research principal analyst. More

PRESS RELEASE: AVNET selects Swisslog

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Global supply chain repairs may boost investment driving growth
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Repairing supply chains frayed by Japan's earthquake and surging fuel prices may provide a further spur to business investment powering global economic growth. Joseph Carson, director of global economic research at AllianceBernstein LP in New York, says companies exploiting new ways to ensure cost-effective delivery of raw materials and their own goods may help extend last year's 5.4 percent surge in worldwide fixed investment. That may boost spending in the U.S. alone beyond the 8 percent he estimates for this year, double the pace of 2010 and more than three times the projected rate of consumer demand. More

US companies rush to fill Japan's supply gap
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After Japan's Renesas Electronics, the world's leading maker of chips used in car navigation systems, saw production capacity plummet due to Japan's Mar. 11 quake, Steve Sanghi, chief executive officer of Chandler, Ariz.-based Microchip Technology, sent a letter to customers. He promised to ramp up chip production to fill the gap. He also had a tip for companies trying to line up microcontrollers: Buy now or pay more later. He warned of looming backlogs and recommended that customers line up at least 12 weeks' worth of chips in advance — far more than required during normal industry conditions. Advised Sanghi: "Those who commit backlog [orders] to us secure the supply first." More

Interlink Technologies is consistently ranked in the Top 100 WMS technology providers.

Interlink provides reliable WMS technology, accurate information, dependable partnership and peace of mind! THINK INTERLINK! Celebrating 25 Years of WMS Experience in 2011.

Demand for smaller warehouses seen in Europe via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There has been a clear shift toward smaller warehouses in Europe, according to research conducted for, an Internet platform for logistics property and services. The change is attributed to new distribution strategies, risk-averse decisions or changing distribution channels. partnered with to study European search data for the second half of 2010 in the so-called Blue Banana and Golden Triangle areas. The former stretches from London to Brussels, Frankfurt and Milan. It is the most densely populated region in Europe. A warehouse located within this belt can reach 70 percent of the total European market within one-day trucking. The Golden Triangle stretches from London to Paris to Dortmund and accounts for 69 percent of all European logistics handling. More

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Simon Ellis: Supply chain segmentation is back
IDC Manufacturing Insights    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Supply chain segmentation is not new, despite recent articles to the contrary, as manufacturing companies have explored ways to manage parts of the supply chain differently for the varied requirements of product lines or categories for decades. Yet what was true for sales and operations planning in 2010 also seems true for supply chain segmentation in 2011: New life is being breathed into an old concept. More

Walmart to reverse SKU count reductions, bring back 8,500 items to shelves
Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the past several years, Walmart and other retailers have been pursuing a strategy of reducing store SKU counts, with plans for cutting as much as 20 percent of the items a given type of store format carries. Walmart took thousands of often marginal SKUs off its shelves in 2009 in an attempt to reduce clutter, focus on faster-growing product categories and improve supply chain efficiencies — and may have paid a price for the move. The retail giant now is pursuing a back-to-basics strategy to reverse the company's fortunes after seven consecutive quarters of sales declines at U.S. stores open at least a year. More

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Jeffrey Karrenbauer: Sustainability is not a goal — It's a strategy
Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With increasing frequency, companies are taking on "green" initiatives to improve their sustainability record and secure cost reductions. Some of the impetus is from the marketplace: Customers increasingly are demanding that their trading partners become more socially responsible with respect to the environment. If a company's products and/or practices aren't "green" enough, trading partners and consumers may seek alternatives. An important example: the various initiatives announced over the past year by Wal-Mart, including merchandise green tags supplied by their vendors. More
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Suzanne Loughlin and Wally Buran: Know your supply chain
Times Herald-Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a disaster, managing your supply chain is the key to competing successfully. Do you know what your risks are? Most businesses aren't prepared for the effects of a supply chain interruption. If you are a car, airline or electronics manufacturer, and key component parts are made in Japan, you may be finding that out the hard way. If you can't get the parts, you can't complete your product, and you can't support your customers. Can your competitors? More

Escalation in piracy places supply chain under pressure
Supply Chain Management Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The global supply chain, now dealing with disruptions due to the Libyan conflict and Japan's post-disaster rebuilding, faces an on-going challenge that seems to be getting worse: piracy. Otherwise simply known as "terrorism," ocean piracy has hit an all-time high in the first three months of 2011, with 142 attacks worldwide, spokesmen for International Maritime Bureau's said. More

Don't Miss MODEXSM 2012

See and compare solutions for your manufacturing, logistics and supply chain operations and network with your peers at MODEX 2012. Discover equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest supply chain innovations and leading trends. Explore 500 exhibits and choose from a variety of educational sessions.

Don Kuzma: The biggest box you ever will recycle
Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's time to move. You have put off the decision long enough. You can't squeeze any more inventory into your current distribution center, and the congestion is affecting operating costs and customer satisfaction. Expansion is not an option. The question becomes, "How much building do I need and what should it look like?" The prevailing thought in distribution is that you need a big square box for an efficient DC. In general, that's a good statement, but don't close the door on lower cost alternatives. If you can find a building that meets your short- and long-term needs and it can be leased at a low cost compared to new construction, it makes sense to give it a hard look. After all, the goal is to increase the bottom line, and reducing your lease cost is a good first step to meeting that goal. More

The International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication
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Late last month, a coalition of global food and health organizations government agencies, academic institutions and nonprofit communication experts launched a collaborative initiative to help ensure a collective international resource of food-specific risk communication. The International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication aims to do the following. More


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BOJ: Japan economic priority is supply chain
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The economic priority for Japan in the aftermath of the March earthquake and tsunami is to fix bottlenecks in the supply chain and in production, Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said on. Nearly 28,000 people are dead or missing after the March 11 disaster that badly damaged a nuclear power plant, disrupted supply chains and dented consumer spending. Parts of Japan are expected to suffer electricity shortages into the summer, also hitting economic activity. More

The oblique road to success
Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
I owe my career to obliquity and never realized it until hearing this word the other day. It's the title of a new book that's been getting media attention lately. "Obliquity" has to do with attaining a desirable goal without trying — or even intending to try. When I was in college trying to find my calling, material handling and logistics weren't making a peep. Yet, here I am 30 years later, writing about what you do for a living. Author John Kay offers examples of such dumb luck. Louis Pasteur is a great one. His pasteurization process came from the unexpected results of an experiment. In the business world, pharmaceuticals to be precise, Kay cites the case of George Merck, who intended for his company to "make medicine for the people, not for profits." His company just happened to be profitable in that enterprise — until later leadership took a more direct route to profit and failed in that attempt. More

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Top 10 management myths
BNET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are as many management theories as there are management gurus, academics, and bloggers. And since theories — true or not — have a tendency to stick around, well, that means there are lots of myths. Management isn't a science; it's an art. More

Unilever tops list of sustainability leaders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Unilever vaulted to the top spot in a list of global corporate sustainability leaders, according to results of the latest SustainAbility Survey conducted by research firm GlobeScan Incorporated and SustainAbility Ltd., a think tank and strategy consultancy. Some 559 sustainability experts from corporations, government, non-government organizations, academia and entities that provide services, such as consultancies, participated in the online survey recently that focused on perceptions of sustainability leadership. More
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Assign Product to the Correct Storage Medium

Using data from an operation’s inventory UNEX’s in-house slotting software (SKUBE) will analyze and assign product to the correct storage medium. This assures that the proper Carton Flow Solution & Investment is applied for any stand-alone or integrated Order Picking System.
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Weber Logistics is a nationwide provider of logistics and supply chain solutions. Weber's expertise encompasses contract and shared warehousing management, freight management, and LTL and TL transportation management. Specific value-added services include temperature-controlled environments, cross docking, transloading, pool distribution, network optimization modeling and analysis, retail compliance, and supply chain management.
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