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Why is 'Supply Chain Management' a Growing Buzzword in the News?

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Jan 27, 2014

"Supply chain management" is growing as a buzzword among the media and financial news outlets. According to The Strategic Sourceror, 2013 brought supply chain topics to the attention of mainstream audiences as analysts spent more time discussing the impact of natural disasters on business. There was also more discussion related to food provenance, logistics, procurement and even supply chain technology. Even higher education is paying more attention to the supply chain, as many schools have started offering programs to educate new talent.

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

Effective Food Traceability Requires Automated Data Collection Systems

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jan 23, 2014

A simple labeling error can cause quite a stir in the food supply chain these days. CNN reported that the U.S. Department of Food Safety and Inspection Service said Truitt Brother is recalling 1.77 pounds of Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac. The recall is due to labeling that fails to mention hydrolyzed soy protein and dried soy sauce as ingredients on some of the packaging.

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Topics: ERP Software, Government Compliance

Supply Chain Data Must be Available in Real Time for Full Effectiveness

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jan 23, 2014

While companies across many industries are harnessing big data to improve business intelligence, organizations in the supply chain also face the need to increase manufacturing and distribution intelligence. According to Supply Chain and Demand Executive, the biggest challenge is creating a path for this information to flow through multiple plants and into the enterprise view.

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

Amazon's Newest Supply Chain Innovation Will Heavily Depend on Accurate Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jan 22, 2014

In the quest to reduce shipping times and improve e-commerce in the consumer-driven supply chain, Amazon is planning to send products to customers before they have even ordered them. The company recently gained a patent for anticipatory shipping, sending items to shipping hubs in areas where the company believes the merchandise will be ordered from, according to The Verge.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, Voice Recognition Software

Data Collection Improves Productivity for Omnichannel Fulfillment Centers

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jan 22, 2014

As the supply chain grows, orders are getting larger and often more complicated to fill. To meet the demand, many distribution centers have started to automate more of their systems to help fill and process multiline orders.

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

Supply Chain Managers Must Communicate Needs Clearly to C-Suite Executives

by Meagan Douglas on Sun, Jan 19, 2014

Managers in the supply chain can do a lot to help join their business processes with others across the company. Connectivity is not only key within the supply chain, but also across an organization. C-suite executives are beginning to recognize the importance of the supply chain, and one way managers can return the favor is to understand the language of back-office operations.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Government Compliance

Automated Data Collection Provides Solutions for Demand-Driven Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Jan 17, 2014

Despite the improving economy, supply chain management professionals cannot not become complacent about the other pressures on their organizations. While growing consumer confidence means more sales, it also means a greater need for supply chain technology to meet increased demand and volatility.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, ERP Software

CEOs Struggle With Supply Chain Management Priorities

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Jan 17, 2014

For many businesses, achieving success relies on the performance of the supply chain, but as industries change and grow, some chief executive officers are having a difficult time keeping up. According to a survey by Hitachi Consulting, CEOs said that with 14 different supply chain priorities, improving them all and optimizing business effectiveness is difficult.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, ERP Software

ERP Success Depends on Mobile Application Development

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jan 16, 2014

While companies have not been hesitant to incorporate new systems like SAP ERP software into their warehouse, not all organizations use these tools to their full potential. According to ZD Net, the future of defining ERP success will no longer be based on just internal effectiveness. Future goals will directly correlate with a company's ability to connect all of its people, systems and constituents, according to the website.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Mobile Data Collection, ERP Software, SAP, Oracle E-Business Suite, Deltek Costpoint, Microsoft Dynamics

Collaboration, Technology Integral to Supply Chain Optimization

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jan 16, 2014

Global supply chain trends in the coming year should remain on course to help companies expand collaboration and improve their operations and supply chain management. According to a study by Capgemini Consulting, 55 percent of companies said they recognize that supply chain management is a source of competitive advantage.

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

Data Collection Eases Burden of Sudden Supply Chain Interruptions

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jan 15, 2014

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

Key Trends in Supply Chain Management for 2014

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Trends in supply chain management in the next year should continue to relate to finding and training talent and incorporating new technology. The increased demands of e-commerce and a global market are putting strain on traditional supply chain systems. Warehouse operations, supplier deliveries and even back office solutions can no longer be siloed operations. Furthermore, the supply chain must be able to respond to interruptions faster than ever before to keep up with consumer demand and expectations.

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Topics: Inventory Management, ERP Software, Government Compliance

Wearable, Voice-Operated Technology Growing in Popularity

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jan 15, 2014

In 2014, technology in the supply chain may see some radical changes, as wearable devices continues to gain popularity. Technology for the consumer is advancing quickly, with offerings such as Google Glass and smartwatches entering the market. According to Manufacturing Business Technology, wearable technology for the consumer is still in the early stages, but it's versatile applications are making it more appealing.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Voice Recognition Software

IT Departments Must Adapt as Organizations Enter the Global Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Jan 10, 2014

Managing a company that operates within the global supply chain poses many challenges. While technology has made the world a faster and smaller place, operating an organization that delivers to consumers around the globe requires new technology and procedures.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, ERP Software

Airline Industry Trends Quickly Cause Interruptions in Multiple Supply Chains

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jan 9, 2014

Supply chain interruptions can happen quickly, sending current operating procedures up in the air. Industry trends can quickly send demand soaring at a rate faster than niche supply chains can accommodate. For example, industry website Composites World reports that an adoption of lightweight materials among the marine, automotive and aviation industries could double the demand for composite materials by 2015.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, ERP Software

Consumer Demands Complicate the Supply Chain for Food Manufacturers

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jan 8, 2014

As consumer concerns regarding food provenance grow, even large companies are having to make considerable changes to their supply chains. While the market for organic and non-genetically modified products was once small and met by niche companies, major brands must now conform as well.

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Topics: Inventory Management, ERP Software, Government Compliance

Manufacturing Sees Growth for the Seventh Straight Month

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jan 8, 2014

Things look bright for the manufacturing industry as 2013 closed on a high note, according to the Institute of Supply Management. December marked the seventh consecutive month that the industry showed positive growth and the 55th month of growth for the overall economy.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Technology For the Supply Chain is More Affordable, Beneficial Than in the Past

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Jan 7, 2014

If a supply chain is stuck in the past, utilizing digital tools to take data collection and inventory control to the next level should be high on the priority list. According to Forbes, many supply chains fail to embrace the new technology that other departments within a company update continually. Because the basic process of pick, pack and ship has remained fairly static, managers may miss how improved technology can create a more efficient and profitable supply chain.

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Topics: Inventory Management, ERP Software

Data Collection Software Help Create a More Responsive Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Jan 7, 2014

A strong supply chain is one that can run as well when challenges arise as it can when times are good. It's easy to keep a supply chain efficient when suppliers are delivering on time and warehouse procedures are running with high productivity. According to Supply Chain and Demand Executive, the true measure of a good supply chain is not only efficiency, but also responsiveness.

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Topics: Inventory Management, ERP Software

Data Collection Helps Executives Expand Their View of the Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Jan 6, 2014

In the coming year, pressure to change the supply chain may rest in the hands of company executives who had trouble understanding its potential. According to an article on Forbes, the supply chain has become just another business function to many corporate leaders. This has created a wall around it that has prevented many companies from incorporating more innovation that can help connect the chain from end to end.

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Topics: Inventory Management, ERP Software

Supply Chains Struggling to find Middle-Management Talent

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Jan 3, 2014

Keeping supply chains viable in the future will mean focusing on middle-management talent, according to global supply chain publication EBN. While companies are working hard to recruit college graduates for supply chain jobs, training programs that would move them up to mid-management positions are lacking.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

E-commerce Demand Rose Again During 2013 Holiday Shopping Season

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jan 2, 2014

The ability of warehouses to expedite merchandise out the door is making e-commerce a more viable option than ever for holiday shopping. While the Internet has long offered a respite for those who do not wish to stand in long lines at shopping malls, customer usually had to start whittling down their shopping lists earlier in the year.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

How Data Collection Software Could Have Helped Holiday Supply Chain Hiccups

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jan 2, 2014

The holiday season often provides a wake-up call for companies regarding the importance of supply chain management. This past holiday shopping season has seen stories of companies that failed to deliver on time and the consumer backlash that results. Social media, company websites and blogs all provide public forums for distressed consumers to vent their frustrations.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, ERP Software

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