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4 Strategies to Consider When Evaluating Your Distribution Center

Feb 27, 2013 No Comments by

Earlier this month, I was reading through the details of November 2012 research by Intermec and Vanson Bourne about distribution center and warehouse productivity. Within the study, there were a couple of statistics that stood out to me: Mid-sized warehouses with around 50 workers lose approximately 3,000 hours a year due to workforce inefficiencies; 30 […]

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Technology Strategies Merchants Can Learn from Distribution Centers

Oct 15, 2012 No Comments by

Software vendor JDA recently provided estimates that e-commerce channels will account for 9% of total retail sales by the year 2015. While this is still years away, some retailers are investing in in-store fulfillment functionality today to answer the coming demand. Macy’s, the U.S.-based department store chain, is now working to outfit about one-third of […]

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Send Your Supply Chain to Boot Camp – Gain Efficiency with a Military Strategy

Mar 14, 2012 No Comments by

While the military may not always run like a well-oiled machine during regular days, service personnel know how to rise to the challenge when called to do so. The tactics they use can provide excellent supply chain training for businesses of all kinds. In fact, the veterans of our era are in-demand when it comes […]

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Logistics Job-Postings Up 24 Percent–What Jobs are in Demand?

Feb 17, 2012 No Comments by

Earlier this month, Wanted Analytics announced that job postings for supply chain positions were up 24% over the same 90-day period last year. Great news for the supply chain! But what jobs are in high demand?I went out and interviewed a number of academics, industry professionals and recruiters to gauge what jobs are hot in the industry. […]

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Justifying a Warehouse Management System in 3 Steps

Jan 05, 2012 No Comments by

In a recent post on WMSG (site), Luciano Cunha, Global Industry Director at To-Increase, outlined important steps to justification, deployment and implementation of a modern warehouse management system (WMS). These investments are often heavily scrutinized, so the correct planning, figures and resources are important when attempting to acquire a budget and having a solution approved. […]

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Just-In-Time for the Holidays

Dec 19, 2011 No Comments by

It’s that time of year where the pressure is on for everybody (not just big businesses) to use just in time within their supply chain. The concept of just in time believes that excess inventory is a waste. For a parent, this may mean ordering Christmas gifts online and seeking a delivery time less than […]

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Four Strategies for Effective Supplier Performance Management

Dec 08, 2011 No Comments

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Sherry Gordon of Value Chain Group about her best practices for supplier performance management programs. She had some great insight, of course – Sherry’s one of the premier experts when it comes for performance management within the supply chain. Here are Sherry’s thoughts on effective performance management through […]

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The Importance of Visibility in Today’s Supply Chains

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments

Visibility is a top initiative for supply chain leaders – and for good reason. Improved visibility can benefit all groups within the supply chain, from demand planning experts and purchasers, all the way down to warehouse managers. True visibility means that inventory information is accurate, up to date and accessible to the entire supply chain […]

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