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Connecting a Global Supply Chain Requires Technological Upgrades

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Dec 31, 2013

The obstacles for supply chains are many. In addition to traditional business interruptions, such as fluctuations in supply and demand, global manufacturers and distributors are also prone to less predictable challenges. Natural disasters, political unrest and governmental regulations can force a supply chain to make a change at a moment's notice.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, ERP Software

Mobile Data Collection Improves Communication Among Supply Chain Stakeholders

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Dec 30, 2013

Improvement within the supply chain depends on the ability to increase communication between different stakeholders. Communication at this level may require the implementation of new technology and better data collection. However, a broader understanding of supplier-buyer relationships, a detailed view of the supply chain and increased productivity are the provided return.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

The Supply Chain Benefits From Increased Connectivity

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Dec 19, 2013

A sustainable supply chain is one that communicates from top to bottom. According to Supply & Demand Chain Executive, increasingly complex supply chains call for solutions and practices that connect suppliers, manufacturers and customers.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, ERP Software

Food Traceability Improves With Advanced Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Dec 18, 2013

Keeping up with increased demand, especially within the food supply chain, is critical for improving trade and future business practices. To keep pace, speakers at the The 2013 Global Trade Symposium at the New York Produce Show and Conference said the time is right to invest in new supply chain technology, according to Perishable News.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, ERP Software, Government Compliance

Supply Chain Management Has Strategic Importance

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Dec 18, 2013

A recent survey by Hitachi Consulting found that managers are often out of touch with the importance of the supply chain to business strategies and growth. The survey found that 80 percent of supply chain managers do not see it as an enabler of business strategy and 55 percent do not regard it as a fundamental source of business value. Most surprising, 29 percent view the supply chain purely as an operational function.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

Data Collection Can Prepare the Supply Chain for Unexpected Disruptions

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Dec 16, 2013

Even if your company is prepared for all types of supply chain disruptions that can occur, it is nearly impossible to know when they will happen. Furthermore, the supply chain is more fragile than it seems. As Wards Auto's white paper "Supply Chain Management: What You Don't See Can Hurt You" explains, very indirect interruptions can wreak havoc on the supply chain.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Barcode Scanning Technology Helps Track Lost, Stolen and Damaged Merchandise

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Highlighting the advancements in barcode scanning software and data collection technology, the police force in Northampton, England, is now inviting residents to scan the barcodes of their valuables at police-sponsored scanning events. The item can then be identified in the event of theft, according to The Northampton Herald & Post.

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Topics: Inventory Management, Government Compliance

New Technology Can Help Bridge Widening Skills Gap in Manufacturing Industry

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Dec 13, 2013

A recent survey by LMA Consulting group found that hiring managers in the distribution and manufacturing sectors are facing a skills gap as the supply chain becomes more complex. The results of the survey found that 77 percent of manufacturers and distributors cannot find talent to replace workers who have left.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Mobile Data Collection, Voice Recognition Software

3 Key Trends Affecting the Life Sciences and Healthcare Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Dec 11, 2013

For the life sciences and healthcare supply chain, an increase of new business challenges highlights the need for improved supply chain management. According to the white paper, "The Resilience Imperative: Reinventing Healthcare Supply Chains" by Exel, a supply chain and logistics solution company, a number of key trends are changing logistics. Among the largest contributors to more complex supply chains were:

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, Government Compliance

Higher Education and New Technology Help the Supply Chain Meet the Demands of a Global Market

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Dec 10, 2013

As the supply chain changes and becomes more advanced, schools across the country are adding advanced degrees in supply chain management to help meet the demand. According to The Oregonian, Portland State University recently added a Masters of Science in Global Supply Chain Management to its catalog.  

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

Advanced Data Collection Shrinks the Global Market, Improves Supply Chain Management

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Dec 9, 2013

The increased globalization of the supply chain offers many opportunities for manufacturers and distributors. The global market allows for diversification of an organization's client base, so that if revenue in one market is down, it can be captured in another. New technology also makes it easier to enter emerging markets while still tying new facilities to the parent company.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, ERP Software

Manufacturers and Distributors Should Prepare for Increased Demand With New Technology

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Dec 9, 2013

As the economy continues its slow recovery, things are continuing to look up for businesses in the manufacturing and distribution sectors. The Institute for Supply Management, also known as the ISM, said its index for national factory activity rose to 57.3 last month, according to Reuters. The number is a two-and-a-half-year high, and any reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

New Data Collection Technology Helps Meet Consumer Demand for a Fresher Food Supply

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Dec 4, 2013

Customer expectations continue to rise when it comes to the food supply, in regards to what they will put on their own table and what they are willing to eat when on the run. While fast food used to be just about the speed, diners now want food that is fresh, healthy and preservative free, according to Dr. Dale Skeen, Co-founder of Vitra.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, ERP Software

The Benefits of Voice Picking and Best Practices for Deployment

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Dec 4, 2013

It's hard for distribution center managers to ignore the power of voice technology inside the warehouse. Voice picking systems are becoming mainstream technology because of their ability to improve safety, efficiency and reduce costs associated with order picking. While far easier than many may expect, there are still some things to keep in mind when preparing to deploy a voice system.

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

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's an Amazon Delivery Drone

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Dec 3, 2013

Amazon's recent announcement that it will consider delivering packages directly to customers via unmanned drone aircrafts is just the latest proof that the supply chain is in the midst of drastic change. In an interview with 60 minutes, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that the motivation behind drone use will be to deliver packages to customers within 30 minutes of ordering.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

Voice Tech Best Way to Keep Up With Order Surges in Distribution Centers

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Dec 2, 2013

Amazon recently announced plans to open a new 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Kenosha, Wis. Employees at the facility will pick, pack and ship small items such as books and electronics. Amazon also recently announced plans to open a high-tech distribution center in Moreno Valley, Calif., according to The Orange County Register.

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

Warehouse Vacancies Decline as the Distribution Industry Continues to Change

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Dec 2, 2013

Supply chain managers should notice a continued decrease in warehouse vacancies as 2013 draws to a close. While the trend means some companies may have to look a little harder, or spend a little more when expanding, it is a good sign for distributors. In Cushman & Wakefield's latest release of market research data, it reported 14 consecutive quarters of declining vacancies in the warehouse sector of the industrial real estate market.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

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