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How sustainability is transforming logistics
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The pursuit of sustainability will transform the logistics industry, both in terms of its business model and the range of advanced solutions service providers will use, according to recent research. The logistics industry will be key to comprehensive carbon reduction efforts in most sectors due to its unique expertise and positioning along the supply chain, according to a recent study from Deutsche Post DHL, "Delivering Tomorrow: Toward Sustainable Logistics." More

Healthy growth topping $5 billion in 2011 predicted for RFID market
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ABI Research sees continuing strong growth potential in RFID markets worldwide. It forecasts a total market size of about $4.6 billion by the end of 2010 for RFID systems (hardware, software, and services). The total reaches $5.5 billion when hardware-only shipments to support automobile immobilization are included. By the end of 2011, global RFID system markets (excluding immobilization) are expected to amount to almost $5.3 billion, a year-over-year growth in excess of 16 percent. RFID systems software revenue will outpace that from services, transponders and readers. More

Adrian Gonzalez: Supply chain, logistics predictions for 2011
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It wouldn't be December, and we wouldn't be analysts, without some predictions for the coming year. The following is what we see in our crystal balls for 2011. More

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Clifford F. Lynch: Top 10 logistics challenges for 2011 (and beyond)
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What issues will bear watching in 2011? With apologies to David Letterman, I again have conjured up a "Top 10" list of developments that should be of concern to logistics and supply chain managers. Some are positive. Some are negative. But all are important. In no particular order, they are as follows. More

'Classic': The new 'old'
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Just as the new economic reality is causing people to postpone their retirement until well into their 70s, lift trucks are facing the same fate. In putting together a feature on maintenance for our December issue, I heard dealers and OEMs say they're seeing customers hang onto their equipment well past the usual seven-year-maximum service life expectancy. When times were better, this was seen as a huge mistake — even if the truck was well maintained. Even if the user was extending his fleet's useful life, the reasoning went, he still was doing his company a disservice by going beyond its economic life. More

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Bob Trebilcock: Thinking beyond labor to justify automation
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Throughout the years, the reduction of head count has been the way companies justified an investment in automation. While getting rid of labor is still the most common metric used in the return on investment calculation, one of the emerging trends I came across reporting an upcoming story on materials handling automation is that some companies are thinking beyond labor to justify automation. Or, they're thinking beyond simply reducing labor to justify their investments. The following are a few key takeaways I came across during my reporting. More
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6 ways to refuel your energy every day
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Are you working longer hours, attending more meetings, taking shorter vacations, answering more e-mails and eating lunch at your desk, if you eat lunch at all? Does demand in your life just keep getting higher, so you're struggling more and more just to keep up? Are you utterly sick of hearing the phrase "do more with less?" Does the word "unsustainable" sound about right? Human beings aren't meant to operate like computers — at high speeds, continuously, for long periods of time. We're designed to be rhythmic, and to intermittently renew. The following are the six strategies that have been found to work best. More

Innovation Starts At ProMat® 2011

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Florida study calls for trade, logistics investment
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The Florida Chamber Foundation released its Florida Trade and Logistics Study, identifying the potential to create 143,000 jobs. "This comprehensive study highlights the importance of investing in Florida's trade and logistics future," said Al Stimac, president of the Manufacturers Association of Florida. "This investment is essential to Florida becoming a major global competitor and job creator," he said. The study was commissioned by the foundation in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation and other public and private organizations. The Florida chamber advocates taking action to double Florida-origin exports in five years and achieving economic diversification. More

How to make your brain more creative
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Can you make yourself more creative? According to Shelley Carson, author of the new book "Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity and Innovation in Your Life," you can. In a recent conversation with The Boston Globe, Carson, who has a doctorate in psychology from Harvard University and teaches at Harvard Extension School, noted these three things: "In the business world, creativity is now the No. 1 quality that headhunters are looking for in top-level chief executives. Most of the elite business schools in the country now have courses on creativity, and many Fortune 500 companies have hired creativity consultants." More


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Kerry Logistics looks at big picture for item-level RFID
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Kerry Logistics, a Hong Kong-based third-party logistics company providing international freight-forwarding and supply chain services, has begun trialing an RFID system at one of its facilities, to track the kitting and shipping of Canon cameras and their components prior to their shipment to retailers. If the RFID system operates as hoped, it will provide the firm with greater visibility into the kitting of each product (which includes adding accessories and warranties to every item prior to packing it in a carton for shipment), as well as assurance that only the correct products are packed and shipped. In the future, the system also will provide a method for matching paper warranty documents with actual products. More

Shortages highlight supply chain communications problem
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Richard Demers, director for pharmacy services at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, wants to know why drug shortages have become a trend. They make him scramble along the supply chain to line up alternative treatments, and then inform doctors and nurses. "There is a good two to three months of supply in the supply chain," he tells the Philadelphia Inquirer. Yet he often won't hear about a shortage until he's ordering from a distributor that can't get the drugs he needs. More

Mary Ann Davidson: Best practices for securing the global technology supply chain
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Hello, I am Mary Ann Davidson. I am the chief security officer for Oracle, and I want to talk about The Open Group Trusted Technology Provider Frameworkhardware. What, you may ask, is that? The Trusted Technology Forum is an effort within The Open Group to develop a body of practices related to software and hardware manufacturing — the TTPF — that will address procurers' supply chain risk management concerns. If you are an entity purchasing hardware and software for mission-critical systems, you want to know that your supplier has reasonable practices as to how they build and maintain their products that addresses specific supply chain risks. More

The top 10 South American warehouse networks
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Chicago Consulting has specified what it considers to be the 10 best South American warehouse networks. These are warehouse networks that are "closest" to consumer markets as represented by the South American population. They are networks that are "quickest to market" and supply the South American population in the "least amount of time," explains Terry Harris, managing partner of the firm. Many indicators suggest South America is becoming more important economically in the hemisphere. Led by Brazil's strong growth, the continent is coming out of the global recession faster than the United States and may see 5 percent growth in 2011. More
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