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Best practices for material handling
Best practices for material handling
Manufacturing and distribution companies must concentrate on keeping costs under control, since they operate in an industry with very slim margins. As a result, they often spend a great deal of time on continuous improvement programs focused on operati...
Supply chain industry look to vets to plug gaps and sustain industry growth
Supply chain industry look to vets to plug gaps and sustain industry growth
Organizations have to be lean, efficient and effective, which means that the supply line becomes a strategic imperative as well as a competitive advantage. As companies move in this direction, there is a need for individuals who can manage across time ...
3 lessons Prince taught us about rocking originality
3 lessons Prince taught us about rocking originality
Whether you were riding around in your little red corvette, dancing around in your diamonds and pearls, or waiting for a kiss, the shocking news of Prince's death probably stopped you in your tracks. His ability to produce sounds of rock, pop and funk ...
FedEx lays groundwork for e-commerce holiday deliveries
FedEx lays groundwork for e-commerce holiday deliveries
FedEx Corp. is deep in holiday preparation mode, with work on its e-commerce package delivery strategy well underway, Mike Glenn, president and CEO of FedEx Services, told analysts on the shipping carrier’s fiscal Q4 and fiscal 2016 earnings call...
The power of response in email communications
The power of response in email communications
Imagine asking someone a question face-to-face and they either a) never acknowledge the question or b) respond several hours after the fact. Many would construe said behavior as rude or dismissive. Now, apply that same theory to work email — with...
7 common workplace safety hazards
7 common workplace safety hazards
The National Safety Council has a team of consultants who travel across the country – and the world – to visit worksites and conduct safety audits. But no matter where each team member is, chances are good that he or she will spot one or mo...
Beef up benefits to retain employees
Beef up benefits to retain employees
Unemployment has dropped, salaries are creeping upward and, despite an uncertain construction forecast, firms are hiring to meet current demand. As competition for talent at all levels increases, employers can expect higher and faster rates of employe...
Supply chain pressures transforming manufacturing
Supply chain pressures transforming manufacturing
The MAPI Foundations - the research affiliate of Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation - notes that supply chain pressures are becoming a transforming influence behind automation.
Disengagement: Your greatest threat in the warehouse
Disengagement: Your greatest threat in the warehouse
Senior management in the warehousing industry has every reason to worry about the many external challenges. While warehousing today is relatively prosperous, it remains competitive. Government regulations are more intrusive than ever before. Cyberattac...
Is robotics too good to be true?
Is robotics too good to be true?
The Power of Robotics in Shared Services report surveyed over 100 shared services professionals, revealing that 67 percent respondents plan on using robotic process automation in the next 12 months.
How Amazon triggered a robot arms race
How Amazon triggered a robot arms race
In 2012, Amazon bought Kiva Systems, a robotics company, for $775 million. Today, Amazon has about 30,000 pucklike orange Kiva robots at its warehouses around the world, helping the company fill orders more quickly and efficiently.
Excess detention remains major issue for carriers, drivers
Excess detention remains major issue for carriers, drivers
With all of the hullabaloo in recent years about truck driver pay - usually referenced from a rate-per-mile type perspective - less attention has been paid to the issue of the time it takes to drop off or pick up a load.
The supply chain disruption no one is talking about
The supply chain disruption no one is talking about
Supply chain disruptions have become the new norm for companies across America. In fact, 81 percent of companies face at least one supply chain disruption a year making it imperative for supply chain managers to stay one step ahead of what’s to c...
Avoid disaster through supply chain risk management
Avoid disaster through supply chain risk management
A tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand in 2011 disrupted the electronics supply chain. Original equipment manufacturers were not able to get the electronic parts to produce products as planned. Many were taken by surprise. Any OEM and or supplier th...
UPS study highlights impact of active online shoppers on supply chain
UPS study highlights impact of active online shoppers on supply chain
It is not even close to a secret that e-commerce is changing the way consumers buy goods.
Burnt out: Stress on the job
Burnt out: Stress on the job
Stress at work not only impacts employee health, but also affects workplace safety. Between 60 and 80 percent of workplace accidents are the result of stress-induced issues like distraction, according to an infographic created by Eastern Kentucky Unive...
Hidden risks in your supply chain and how to navigate around them
Hidden risks in your supply chain and how to navigate around them
Take a moment to contemplate Murphy's Law: everything that can go wrong in your supply chain will go wrong. You have a team of experts and partners that know what they're doing, but sometimes things happen beyond your control.
DoD's new rule helps contractors from buying counterfeit parts
DoD's new rule helps contractors from buying counterfeit parts
A new amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, announced recently, will affect about 65,000 small businesses and organizations, both private and public.
4 workplace issues that make your employees less productive
4 workplace issues that make your employees less productive
Ensuring that employees have a productive and satisfying work environment is a major concern for many companies. No one wants to work in an atmosphere that makes them feel uncomfortable, distracted or anxious.
Seeking a profit island in the warehouse
Seeking a profit island in the warehouse
Many buyers of logistics services regard their vendors as purveyors of commodities. While providers tend to fret about this, remember that this attitude has been prevalent for decades, long before deregulation and the rise of physical distribution and ...
A smarter way to run a supply chain
A smarter way to run a supply chain
When Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk proclaims that artificial intelligence is "our biggest existential threat," it makes headlines worldwide. But what goes unreported is that the very search engines people used to find Musk's comments are themselves an exa...
Use supply chain to predict consumer demand
Use supply chain to predict consumer demand
Perhaps no industry deals with volatility in consumer demand quite as much as consumer electronics. The combination of shrinking product lifecycles and broad, rapid adoption of new products can wreak havoc on a supply chain. Electronics manufacturers h...
7 tips for complying with the new federal wage-hour regulations
7 tips for complying with the new federal wage-hour regulations
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently disclosed the details of its final revised regulations relating to certain "white collar" salary exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
OSHA greatly increases workplace injury reporting requirements
OSHA greatly increases workplace injury reporting requirements
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule May 11 that greatly enhances injury and illness data collection from employers. The new rule will require many employers to electronically submit inf...
Slimming down to a lean warehouse
Slimming down to a lean warehouse
Some say "lean" was the biggest management idea of the past 50 years. If that is true, the concept of lean could well be a masterpiece of wording. Everyone knows the difference between fat and lean, so lean is a word that should have no mystery. But wh...
In supply chain, a little direction can go a long way
In supply chain, a little direction can go a long way
DC Velocity Chief Editor David Maloney writes: "It seems like everywhere you look this time of year, the orange barrels are out in full force. It is construction season, and if you live in the Northeast, that means it is a season that lasts about eight...
The battle for supply chain talent starts in middle school
The battle for supply chain talent starts in middle school
Paul Myerson, professor of practice in supply chain mangement, Lehigh University, writes: "I’ve written before about a possible shortage in supply chain talent in the future, as according to a survey by SCM World, 43 percent of supply chain execu...
Supply chain agility: From a cost center to a profit center
Supply chain agility: From a cost center to a profit center
Time sensitive deliveries, lean supply chains and shorter product life cycles demand that companies adapt quickly to changes within the supply chain, and today's shippers have an increased expectation for supply chain partners to have processes in plac...
Protecting workers in the supply chain
Protecting workers in the supply chain
New international standards to protect those working in global supply chains, was made at the International Labor Conference in Geneva on June 10. “The ILC has recommended – and empowered – this vital UN body, the ILO, to act to prote...
Make your supply chain competency model built-to-last
Make your supply chain competency model built-to-last
Perfection may be your goal when developing a competency model for your supply management team. While that’s admirable, keep in mind the most important characteristics of the plan are consistency and value. In our industry, we have explicit expec...
7 avoidable data errors in your supply chain data
7 avoidable data errors in your supply chain data
So you're about to launch into a new global market. It's thrilling, full of potential and has its own set of opportunities and challenges. One of these challenges that you might not think of immediately is big data in your supply chain - specifically t...
Is Flowcasting the supply chain only for the few?
Is Flowcasting the supply chain only for the few?
Flowcasting has often been referred to as the Holy Grail of demand driven supply chain planning.
Despite range of tools, it's not easy to clean up supply chain
Despite range of tools, it's not easy to clean up supply chain
Keeping the advertising supply chain fraud-free and ensuring that ads have been seen by actual people is a huge challenge. Participants on a panel called Tackling the Supply Chain discussed the issue at AdExchanger’s Clean Ads I/O conference on T...
Inventory pullback a drag on logistics spending
Inventory pullback a drag on logistics spending
A year-long pullback in U.S. business inventories will likely continue through the rest of 2016 as retailers and manufacturers remain cautious amid uncertain demand and the prospects for higher interest rate, according to a report on U.S. logistics. Th...
How to decrease energy costs in your warehouses and distribution centers
How to decrease energy costs in your warehouses and distribution centers
As increasing awareness of environmental concerns permeates business operations, savvy companies are responding to customer, competitor and regulatory pressures to enhance their sustainability efforts. As a result, we’re beginning to see organiza...
Cyber risk regulation: Unlocking the mystery of its effects on the supply chain
Cyber risk regulation: Unlocking the mystery of its effects on the supply chain
It's more than likely your company has experienced a cyberbreach. Indeed, 79 percent of companies have been subject to a cyberincident in the past year, according to a PwC report. And the threats are on the rise: hacking and other "cyber incidents" are...
The big cost of fast and free in logistics
The big cost of fast and free in logistics
While Amazon, the uncontested super power of e-commerce, has been known to rack up big losses to gain market share, smaller players are battling to meet consumer expectations of two-day, next-day or even same-day delivery. The Amazon effect also means...
Wages for warehouse labor to continue to climb — along with all else in the DC
Wages for warehouse labor to continue to climb — along with all else in the DC
In 2002, the average hourly wage for a warehouse and distribution center worker in the U.S. was $10.31, according to Atlanta-based staffing firm ProLogistix, which on a weekly basis employs about 12,000 people in industrial facilities nationwide. B...
Strong warehouse demand leads push for industrial real estate
Strong warehouse demand leads push for industrial real estate
U.S. industrial markets absorbed a record-setting 70.1 million square feet of space in the second quarter of 2016, up 6.0 percent from the same period a year ago, and propelled year-to-date absorption to 132.2 msf.
Using wearable devices to protect workers in extreme environments
Using wearable devices to protect workers in extreme environments
Wearable devices, using IBM Watson Internet of Things technology, are being used to help protect workers in extreme environments. The IBM Employee Wellness and Safety Solution, a research project that analyzes data collected from sensors in workers' w...
5 keys to selecting the right transportation consultant
5 keys to selecting the right transportation consultant
Many companies utilize the services of an outside consulting firm to assist in the management of specific transportation projects. This is a good practice, particularly for shippers that do not currently have employees with the existing experience, kno...
Understand 21st century supply chains in 3 charts
Understand 21st century supply chains in 3 charts
When you think about pollution, it may conjure up images of deforestation, belching power plants and traffic jams. However, while industries from construction to transportation are responsible for huge carbon footprints, consumer goods account for 60 p...
Should you add monitoring devices to your company vehicles?
Should you add monitoring devices to your company vehicles?
Highway accidents remain the leading cause of work-related deaths and also carry tremendous personal, social and economic costs. The good news is new technologies in on-board safety monitoring systems are being developed and implemented in both commerc...
Coming soon: A low-carbon supply chain financing program
Coming soon: A low-carbon supply chain financing program
Supply chains are responsible for up to four times the greenhouse gas emissions of a company's direct operations and yet half of major companies' key suppliers don't provide requested climate data to their corporate customers, according to a study prod...
Virtual reality comes to factory floor — Will manufacturers capitalize on it?
Virtual reality comes to factory floor — Will manufacturers capitalize on it?
Will manufacturers embrace virtual reality to transform product development, testing, layout and assembly? It was hard to imagine just a few years ago that the advancements in hardware and software would allow for far greater use of virtual reality in ...
Study: 3-D printing to shake up supply chain world
Study: 3-D printing to shake up supply chain world
The technology for 3-D printing has roots that go back decades. The minds behind it were visionary. But for many years, 3-D printing appeared - at least in the mainstream view - to be more of a novelty than a practical tool to advance commercial manufa...