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Maximizing Warehouse Space seminar coming to Chicago area
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WMS Wave Planning - optimize with no downtime with Simulation

If you're managing a large automated distribution center and are using a WMS to develop order waves, you must read this article.  TranSystems developed an analytical model to test wave strategies against a new facility design to ensure order fulfillment requirements could be met. See how one of the nation’s top 3PL providers are able to explore anticipated operating conditions with a virtual representation of their actual system. If you have questions or are interested in Simulation / Analytical Modeling, please email TranSystems today.

Visual Logistics
Key to lift truck optimization may lie in fixing inventory accuracy
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As one of the last areas to become automated in distribution, improved management of fork trucks using a new generation of technology has become a fast growing application space, with technology solutions coming from both fork truck vendors themselves as well as a number of independent software providers. Generally called Vehicle Management Systems, these applications in general combine on-board tracking technology and a variety of sensors to help DC managers better understand how lift trucks and drivers are operating in the facility. The systems can help improve areas ranging from maintenance to driver productivity to traffic patterns. More

Bob Trebilcock: The age of automation
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First we had the agricultural age, then the industrial age and more recently the information age. I'm declaring the next era the automation age. You heard it here first. I figure if I get out in front, I can take credit for the concept and if I'm wrong who will remember. Expressed as an equation: The industrial age + the information age = the automation age. More

Back to school on metrics
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It's that time of year again. The leaves are turning, and the kids are back in school. But why should they have all the fun? It only seems fair that logistics professionals also should have the opportunity to brush up their skills or learn new ones. For example, now is a great time to take another look at your performance measurement program. If your operation is typical, there's a good chance your metrics protocol could use a little tweaking. In most cases, all that's required is a quick review of the four fundamental subjects: math, English, history and science. More

Whitepaper-AS/RS for Dynamic Order Picking

Automated goods-to-person picking systems reduce order fulfillment times, improve order accuracy, minimize labor, and optimize space...with a rapid return on investment.

Businesses continue to place high priority on risk management
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New survey results show that businesses, in general, continue to rank enterprise risk management as a high priority. And yet, different sectors now are focusing on different aspects of their particular risk profiles. Financial institutions, for instance, tend to place a strong emphasis on liquidity risk buffers and stress testing. Nonfinancial firms are focusing more on operational risk and cash flow at risk. The survey, conducted by the Professional Risk Managers' International Association and Microsoft Corp., polled 1,662 global PRMIA members. Most (84 percent) were from financial institutions, while 16 percent were from nonfinancial institutions. More

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RFID 'big picture' optimistic for 2011; market could exceed $6 billion
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The value of the overall RFID market — including both traditional applications, such as access control, automobile immobilization, electronic toll collection and e-ID/ID documents, as well as "modernizing" applications, such as animal ID, asset management, baggage handling, cargo tracking/security, contactless payment and ticketing, RTLS, and supply chain management — will pass the $6 billion mark next year, according to ABI Research. These forecasts and key market trends are part of the 2010 edition of the firm's annual overview of the whole RFID market. More

John Westerveld: What's your tip for deploying supply chain software (and keeping your job)?
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An article came through my newsfeed recently from "the doctor" at Sourcing Innovation titled "Want to fail faster? Automate it!" It referred to a case study, "A better way to automate service operations," presented in McKinsey Quarterly. Now, I know the typical reader of this here blog is a supply chain professional and the article is all about the service industry, but I saw some interesting lessons in it that can be applied to the supply chain. How many times have we seen ERP implementations that have taken years to complete, were late, were over budget and in the end didn't even come close to meeting the goals established for the project? More
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Breakthrough Technology for Optimizing Warehouse Management
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Create a full shelf level of Carton Flow
Shelf Bed by UNEX is the only carton flow product which drops-in to any shelf structure to replace plastic wheel tracks. Shelf Bed’s staggered mini-roller design provides maximum surface contact eliminating product hang-ups and plastic wheel maintenance. Organize and condense Sku locations on demand without changing or moving equipment.

Innovation Starts At ProMat® 2011

See and compare solutions for your manufacturing and supply chain operations and network with your peers at ProMat 2011-March 21-24, 2011 in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Discover the best equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest innovations. ProMat 2011 features 700 exhibits and 80 Education Sessions.

6 ways to ease the ISF compliance pain
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When U.S. Customs and Border Protection unveiled its Importer Security Filing rule, many people suspected that their business operations were about to change in a big way. Nearly a year after the rule's implementation, it's abundantly clear that their assessment was right on the mark. The ISF rule, which is intended to help CBP screen incoming ocean containers for security risks, is popularly known as "10+2" — a name derived from the number of data elements importers (10) and ocean carriers (2) must provide to CBP before a U.S.-bound container is loaded on board a ship. More

RFID helps blind workers do their jobs
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Blind Industries and Services of Maryland is employing RFID at its facility in Salisbury, Md., to help its vision-disabled workers accurately pack boxes with the correct types and quantities of items. The system was provided by SimplyRFID, an RFID solutions provider and software developer based in Warrenton, Va. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Defense had issued an RFID-tagging mandate in order to improve its processes for tracking and tracing cases and pallets of goods. Since then, various branches of the U.S. military have utilized the technology to track goods at the item level. More

Next up for C-TPAT: Warehouses and DCs?
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A decade ago, supply chain security meant something very different from what it does today. Back then, the focus of most security programs was squarely on the basics: protecting people, products, property and information. But 9/11 changed all that. In the wake of the terrorist attacks, the government stepped into the picture, introducing a host of programs aimed at patching vulnerabilities in the nation's transportation system — and by extension the commercial supply chain. In so doing, it redefined the supply chain security challenge. More

IFCO manages custom pallet programs for top US retailers and manufacturers

IFCO has over a decade of pallet cost reduction experience. For tips from the pallet experts, download the whitepaper, read case studies, contact IFCO.

Strategy needed to effectively deploy resources to handle supply chain disruption
Iowa State College of Business via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Research shows that large companies encounter a major supply chain disruption every four to five years on average. That's why businesses have been taking even greater strides to protect their supply chains since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to three Iowa State University College of Business professors who have studied supply chain security and its effectiveness in businesses nationwide. Their new study of managers from 69 companies found that having a clear strategy is far more valuable in perceived effectiveness than either availability of resources or management support. More

Free Flow Wines rolls out RFID
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There are no bottles at Free Flow Wines' Sonoma, Calif., facility, where the vintner produces, stores and then ships its six varieties of Silvertap organic wines, made from grapes grown at sustainable Sonoma County vineyards. Instead, the company employs recyclable plastic kegs, thereby reducing its environmental impact, and providing restaurants and bars with a wine-by-the-glass option that challenges a tradition of wine sold in bottles. Nitrogen gas pushes the wine out of the cask, preserving the wine remaining in the keg for months. To track those casks' location and status, and to ensure they are returned, properly cleaned and refilled, the company is utilizing RFID. More

PRESS RELEASE: AVNET selects Swisslog

Swisslog will implement its AutoStore system - a high density storage/piece picking solution. Stacked bins and series of robots. For more information, visit

Students see supply chain up close and personal
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If you want to get students excited about supply chain management, take them out of the classroom and into the field. Not only will it rev up their interest in the subject, but they'll develop a deeper understanding of what's involved in the process. That's exactly what happened to students at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, said Prof. Michael G. Hasler in a presentation at the recent SCOPE West supply chain conference in Las Vegas. With help from supply chain executives at Target Stores, students in Hasler's Introduction to Operations Management class traced the progress of three items — a calculator, a patio furniture set and a doll — from Target's store shelves back through the supply chain to their origins in Asia. More
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