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Data Collection Technology Can Improve Food Supply Chain Issues

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Nov 26, 2013

Companies in the food supply chain need to consider investing in new technology to increase consumer confidence and mitigate risk. For food supply chains around the globe, legislative and production issues abound.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

Distributors Will Feel The Pressure as Shoppers Turn to Their Computers for Holiday Shopping

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Nov 25, 2013

A majority of holiday shoppers plan to browse the Web instead of malls this season, and that means more business for distribution warehouses that supply online retailers. In a study conducted by The Integer Group, 54 percent of shoppers said they will take advantage of the free shipping offered by e-retailers.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, ERP Software

Automated Data Collection Can Reduce Holiday Stress on Supply Chains

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Nov 22, 2013

Many U.S. supply chain managers may see the holidays as a bit of a humbug, despite the fact that they create an increase in demand for many large retailers. In the "Supply Chain Impact" survey released by Capgemini, 83 percent of supply chain managers said they found it challenging to adequately prepare for peak demands, such as those that occur during the holiday season.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

Data Collection Improves Risk Management Agendas, Government Compliance In the Global Market

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Nov 21, 2013

A growing global business environment and increasing legislation from oversight agencies means risk management challenges require new solutions, the "Accenture 2013 Global Risk Management Study" found. The study also concluded that many companies are still not satisfied with their risk management agenda, Steve Culp, managing director of Accenture's risk management group, wrote in an article for Forbes.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, ERP Software, Government Compliance

2013 Manufacturing and Logistics Employee Confidence Index Highlights Need for Automation

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Employees in the manufacturing and logistics industry remain confident that their employers are on the right track. The "Randstad Manufacturing and Logistics Employee Confidence Index" for the third quarter of 2013 found that 53 percent of workers believe their current employer has a strong future. The figure is up 6 percent from the previous quarter.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, ERP Software

New Postgraduate Programs and Technology are Developing to Service the Changing Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Enrollment in postgraduate programs for supply chain management is up as the demand for specialists in the field grows. The trend, according to The Globe and Mail, means more students are learning to use SAP ERP software and aid organizations in supply chain optimization.

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Topics: ERP Software, SAP

Supply Chain Software Helps Managers Keep Pace With Growing Demands

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Nov 18, 2013

There is some good news for U.S. distributors, as the Commerce Department recently revealed wholesale inventories rose 0.4 percent in the month of September, according to Reuters. The numbers are a positive sign that the distribution industry is fostering some of the recent economic growth. 

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, Voice Recognition Software

Mobile Data Collection is Changing the Entire Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Nov 18, 2013

Mobile data collection is proving its worth to companies as a useful tool inside the warehouse, and is quickly starting to branch outside the walls of the distribution center. Fernando Alvarez, vice president of Capgemini's Mobile Solutions, told DC Velocity that mobile data collection technologies have repercussions for the complete supply chain. They can now help manage services in addition to materials and products.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

Improved Data Collection Software Helps Companies Avoid Costly Inventory Pitfalls

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Nov 15, 2013

To run lean and effectively, perhaps no segment of supply chain management is more integral than inventory control. Inventory shrinkage is a huge contributor to losses by distribution companies and manufacturers. While some shrinkage and control problems are unavoidable, others can be controlled with more current technology that improves data collection and inventory.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, ERP Software

Supply Chain Best Practices Are Learned From Within

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Nov 13, 2013

The demands of manufacturers and distributors are unique for different industries, and even within them. For this reason, supply chain management solutions and best practices are often subjective. What's right for one company is wrong for another.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Mobile Data Collection, ERP Software

Successful Supply Chains Use Data Collection to Quickly Improve Operations

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Nov 12, 2013

In search of the balance for speed, price and quality, supply chain managers should build supplier portfolios that provide alternatives in the event of shortages or other catastrophes. According to Business Standard, alternative supply chain management solutions should always be on the ready for critical suppliers and parts. In the event of the unforeseen, such as a shortage of key materials, supplier bankruptcy and tariff and currency risks, supply chains must be able to instantly switch to alternatives within their portfolio to keep things running.

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Topics: Inventory Management, ERP Software, Government Compliance

Automated Data Collection Solutions Can Help Managers Reach Their Goals of Reducing Costs While Improving Services

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Nov 11, 2013

As the economy continues its climb out of the recession, warehouse and logistic professionals are looking to improve service levels while keeping costs down. According to the 2013 Warehouse/DC Operations Survey by Logistics Management, managers across the manufacturing and distribution industries are considering many options that can meet new demands without straining budgets.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Oracle E-Business Suite, Deltek Costpoint, Voice Recognition Software

Automated Data Collection has Many Benefits in the E-commerce Age

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Nov 8, 2013

E-commerce is forcing distribution centers to ramp up their efficiency, which requires better data collection throughout the warehouse. In order to keep select-to-ship times down and reduce slow zones in the warehouse, companies are turning to technology to keep up with the blazing pace of e-commerce demands.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, ERP Software

Automated Data Collection Can Help With the Challenges of Cross-Border Shipping

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Nov 7, 2013

When discussing the challenges of cross-border shipping in a survey with Aberdeen Group, supply chain management and logistic executives expressed the importance of automating data collection, according to Materials Management and Distribution Magazine.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, ERP Software, Government Compliance

UK Food Companies Can Learn From US Embrace of Mobile Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Nov 6, 2013

UK food companies may want to take a note from companies in the U.S. food supply chain as they seek to improve their policies and increase transparency. U.S. companies are required to reveal much more information about supply chain changes that could have an impact on share prices than their British counterparts, according to Supply Management.

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Topics: Inventory Management, Government Compliance

Adoption of 2-D Barcodes Improves Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Nov 6, 2013

Distributors and manufacturers can increase efficiency within their supply chain by utilizing 2-D barcodes. Barcode software and scanners that utilize 2-D codes for data collection have benefits over traditional, laser barcodes.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

Automated Data Collection Software Can Provide Data That Improves Logistics

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Nov 6, 2013

Manufacturing and distribution organizations can learn a lot about the back-end logistics of their operation through data mining and analytics. Fleet managers can analyze massive amounts of data to expose flaws and recognize trends surrounding the delivery of their merchandise.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Mobile Data Collection

Mobile Automated Data Collection Increases Warehouse Efficiency

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Nov 5, 2013

The manufacturing and distribution industries are rapidly changing as we recover from the Great Recession. Continued increases in online purchasing result in a need for more local distribution centers and better inventory control. Organizations also see a need for greater automation and technology as they work to keep up with growing customer demands.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

Mobile Apps Prominent IT Trends in 2014

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Nov 4, 2013

Enterprise mobile applications and devices have become extremely popular in recent years and will continue to see increased adoption rates, according to a report by Gartner. Through 2018, the mobile workforce will grow much larger, as employees will likely have multiple devices to work with. This should help supply-chain management, as mobile data collection will become far easier to achieve across the company.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection

Barcodes and Other New Technology Helpful for Supply Chains, 10-Year Study Finds

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Nov 4, 2013

A recent 10-year study found supply chains that are using barcode data collection and other similar technology are much better off than those that do not.

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Topics: Field Applications

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