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Data Collection Software Can Help Companies Deliver on Rising Demand

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Mar 31, 2014

When it came to beer and liquor in the '70s, '80s and '90s, Americans had some favorites, but few options.  American-brewed beers, namely lagers, were the most popular and no one was asking for any different. Perhaps there was division between fans of light and full-bodied, but for the most part, everyone drank about the same thing distributed by three major brands.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Disasters in Bangladesh Demonstrate the Change Needed in the Retail Industry

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Mar 28, 2014

When supply lines become too bloated, providing transparency can become more of a hassle than companies think it's worth. Unfortunately, as the apparel industry recently discovered, a lack of manufacturing and distribution oversight can lead to disasters that can not only hurt the bottom line, but endanger human lives, as well.  Businesses should mourn these tragedies, but not thoughtlessly. Leveraging the revelations of the last year's disasters at Rana Plaza, as well as the destructive Tazreen Fashion fire in November 2012, companies can bring in new technologies and strategies to help them ensure better operations and supply chain management.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Samsung Galaxy S5 Launch Delay Shows How Vulnerable Supply Chains Can Be

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Mar 27, 2014

Samsung's new smartphone camera was intended to be the marketing focal point of the Galaxy S5's massive upgrade, but production issues are threatening to delay the launch of the phone and disrupt overall distribution, according to Business Insider. While both Samsung's reputation and bottom line are likely to suffer as a result, the delay should stand as an example for other product suppliers everywhere: Logistical versatility is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. That is why companies from myriad industries have taken to investing in a more optimized operations and supply chain management system.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Manufacturers Facing Increased Pressure From Government Agencies

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Mar 27, 2014

Organizations in many industries have found themselves at the mercy of outside factors, such as changing consumer preferences, the economy and natural disasters. However, many manufacturers are feeling a particular squeeze from governmental oversight agencies. According to Manufacturing.Net, some organizations view compliance with new regulations as nearly impossible and fear they could have to close facilities.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Government Compliance

Supply Chain Manager Position Grows in Popularity

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Mar 26, 2014

As the speed and scope of supply chains continue to change, so has the excitement of managers on the job. According to Supply & Demand Chain Executive, as supply chains become one of the most integral parts of a successful company, overseeing production and logistics, developing new processes and increasing efficiency create a challenge that many enjoy.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

Harnessing WMS Reports to Improve Production, Processes

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Mar 26, 2014

After harnessing automated data collection solutions, the next step is knowing how to properly analyze all the key information. Using a warehouse management system, supply chain leaders can transform raw data into information that can be used to assess the performance of the entire warehouse and parties on either side of it.

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Topics: Field Applications, Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

Aston Martin Recall Sparks New Supply Chain Strategy Discussion

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Mar 25, 2014

At a recent Plastics News Executive Forum, logistics experts from nearly every industry came together to address the dangers of increasingly complex supply chains and answer the question, "What is logistics management?." While companies once had robust distribution routes that crisscrossed the globe, recent disruptions have led businesses to reconsider their processes and instead opt for a leaner, more streamlined strategy.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

Manufacturing In US Grows With Help of New Technology

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Mar 24, 2014

As manufacturing continues to improve, technology is playing a large role, according to Manufacturing Engineering Media. There is no shortage of new technologies for the manufacturing sector, such as automated data collection, 3-D barcode scanning software and many other advanced offerings.

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

Food and Beverage Companies Face Many Supply Chain Obstacles

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Mar 21, 2014

The food and beverage industry has faced many challenges over the past years, and while things finally look to be improving, obstacles remain, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In fact, the issues faced by the industry pretty much run the gamut of those that arise within a supply chain.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software, Government Compliance

Consumers Are Often the Biggest Supply Chain Interruption

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Mar 20, 2014

News regarding supply chain interruptions tends to focus on natural disasters, climate change or global politics. However, while many organizations will be impacted by these factors, the biggest disruptions will come from the customer base, according to ITProPortal. Consumer trends, demands and preferences are changing almost daily and drastically enough that production can be impacted.

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

Investments In Big Data Continues To Grow Among Supply Chain Managers

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Mar 19, 2014

As supply chains continue to become a more integrated part of the enterprises they serve, managers can no longer ignore the importance of big data and predictive analytics. This data must not only be harvested and analyzed, but changes must occur afterwards. If a process is found to be inefficient, it must be improved as soon as possible.

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

Winter Weather Keeps Freight Costs High

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Mar 19, 2014

A positive trucking conditions index illustrates some of the challenges the manufacturing and distributions sectors have experienced as a result of winter storms. According to FleetOwner, FTR's "January Trucking Conditions Index" is at 8.82, suggesting a very positive environment for truckers.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Mobile Data Collection Must Connect Field Workers To The Enterprise

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Mar 18, 2014

An online Nutrient Loading Model will be getting more help from the men and women in the field to improve its accuracy. The initiative, paid for with a grant by Heidelberg University's National Center for Water Quality Research, will help validate an online nutrient-tracking tool that will be used throughout the Great Lakes region.

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Topics: Field Applications, Mobile Data Collection, ERP Software

Automated Data Collection A Component of Green Supply Chains

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Mar 18, 2014

A popular move among many companies with consumer-facing supply chains is to implement greener policies. New processes that reduce or reuse waste and cut down on nonrenewable resources can save companies money and improve brand reputation.

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Topics: Inventory Management, ERP Software

The Need For New Skills, Technology in the Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Mar 14, 2014

One area where jobs are in high demand is within the supply chain. While it takes many skilled workers to keep a warehouse and delivery operations running, there is currently a shortage of employees at the top, according to Supply Chain Brain.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, Government Compliance

Improper Recall Procedures Lead To Hefty Fines

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Mar 13, 2014

General Motors Co. may be facing a fine as high as $35 million dollars if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determines its recall of faulty ignition switches was not carried out properly, according to Reuters. The recall involved more than 1.6 million cars and the defect has been linked to 13 deaths where the switch may have prevented the airbags from deploying.

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

Automated Data Collection Can Ease Growing Pains

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Mar 13, 2014

In the past 10 years, America's taste in alcoholic beverages has changed drastically. Consumers went from three of four beer choices to hundreds of craft and microbrews popping up across the nation. Recently, hard ciders, popular in Europe, have also seen an increased interest among consumers in the U.S.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

News About The Supply Chain Travels Quickly

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Mar 12, 2014

"Guac" lovers may be out of luck when visiting Chipotle restaurants, as the company's recent annual report notes that the avocado may be a victim of climate change, and dramatic price increases could strike it from the menu.

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

Recalls in Medical Supply Chain Need Automated Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Drug manufacturer Pfizer is voluntarily recalling three different lots of antidepressant pills after possible contamination with another medication used to treat atrial fibrillation. The voluntary recall followed the contamination of a single bottle of the manufacturer's Effexor XR antidepressant medication that contained a single capsule of Tikosyn.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Government Compliance

Study Finds Inventory Control Top Priority In Chemical Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Mar 11, 2014

The ability to meet a projected increase in demand with consistent reliability is a top priority for supply chain managers at chemical manufacturing firms, according to Supply Management. The importance is based on companies' need in the chemical supply chain - from suppliers to downstream customers - to reduce inventory. Most of the increased demand is predicted to come from Asia.

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Topics: Inventory Management, ERP Software

Meeting Customer Demand in Real Time

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Mar 4, 2014

Supply chain managers can no longer be retroactive about meeting inventory and delivery needs. With new technology, warehouses should focus more on directing merchandise to its next location instead of storing it. According to Handy Shipping Guide, just-in-time planning is a necessity for the profit-minded supply chain manager.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, ERP Software

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