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Increasing Productivity Begins With Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Apr 30, 2014

Despite delays surrounding the initial rollout of the 787 Dreamliner a few years ago, Boeing has increased its production of new airplanes compared to this same time last year, according to Manufacturing.net. The improved production led to a $965 million first-quarter profit for Boeing.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

RFID Embraced by Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Apr 29, 2014

The same attributes that have made RFID sought after by various companies' supply chains have now led to an increased adoption by major retailers, according to CNN. The ability to track and trace products throughout the supply chain wirelessly and with more data has benefits for retailers trying to compete in an e-commerce world.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Optimize Risk Management With Automated Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Data analytics is no longer a luxury in supply chain management; it's a necessity. According to Bloomberg, the use of data analytics tools is the best way to stay ahead in a volatile and global economy. The risks of doing business, from internal fraud to government regulations, are too vast to grasp without taking advantage of all that big data has to offer.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, ERP Software, Government Compliance

What One Attribute Makes a Supply Chain Leader?

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Companies that lead the way in supply chain management tend to do so in revenue, growth and profits as well, according to a study by Deloitte. The report, "Supply Chain Leadership: Distinctive approaches to innovation, collaboration and talent alignment," found that 79 percent of organizations with superior supply chain capabilities achieve revenue growth that is significantly above average.

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

Data Collection Improves Productivity Across the Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Apr 23, 2014

The most affordable way to keep up with the increased consumer demand created by e-commerce is to become more efficient. A recent story by NPR examined how United Parcel Service  has been using big data to significantly increase the speed and accuracy at which it delivers packages. The data is collected by each driver in every truck, so it is not a general overview of delivery efficiency; it provides data specific to each route and driver.

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

Why Supply Chain Management Is Integral to Success In The Global Economy

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Supply chain professionals are becoming the new unsung heroes of the corporations they work for, and given the demands of global commerce, it's no surprise. In a blog post on LinkedIn, Yossi Sheffi, professor of Engineering Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said there are very few industries can survive without a strong supply chain. He explained supply chain management is now becoming the competitive differentiator for some of the most successful companies.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

A Look at New Technology and Best Practices In Manufacturing

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Apr 21, 2014

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate has launched a public-private partnership known as America Makes, aimed at helping companies design and implement best practices in the manufacturing industry, according to Manufacturing.gov.

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

New Labeling Standards Good News For Food Manufacturers

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Many food and beverage consumers in the United States are pleased with a recently introduced bill that will bring uniformity to food labeling standards, according to Shop Floor. Several states have considered labeling standards independently, meaning manufacturers would have to create a different label for each state their product is sold in and could even face fines or penalties should labeling be incorrect.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, ERP Software, Government Compliance

Automated Data Collection Is an Investment in the Entire Company

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Apr 17, 2014

The global supply chain has not been without its interruptions lately, from the GM recall of more than 6 million cars to a multitude of large-scale natural disasters in the past few years. However, these disasters have not spurred a significant revision of risk management policies, according to Forbes Magazine. 

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

The Key to Being Prepared for Unexpected Supply Chain Interruptions

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Apr 16, 2014

If there is one thing that big data has been especially helpful with, it's predictive analytics. The massive amounts of information that companies now collect allow them to understand their supply chains in a way that was close to science fiction not so long ago. With the right software, this information can also be integrated with ERP systems so that it's not a siloed look at the supply chain, but an overview of the entire company.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

Recalls Must Be Completed Quickly, Efficiently

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Apr 15, 2014

A year that was supposed to signal a positive new start for General Motors is turning into a headache as the company continues to struggle with a massive recall, according to AutoNews. The recall is now impacting up to 7 million automobiles globally, the total of the past four years combined. There has even been talk among government agencies of a criminal cover-up. The recall stems from a faulty ignition switch, which The Wall Street Journal reported is likely only a 30- to 45-minute repair.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, Government Compliance

Mobile Data Collection Improves Performance at Remote Operations

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Apr 14, 2014

As new technology floods the supply chain, companies continue to look for ways to create more efficient processes and procedures. While both Amazon and Dominos have toyed with the idea of using drones to deliver their merchandise, one humanitarian sees it as an opportunity to deliver first-world medicine to third world countries, according to The Guardian.

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

As Companies Source Closer to Consumers, Production Returns to US

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Apr 11, 2014

Perhaps one of the greatest ironies of the global supply chain is that it is largely responsible for driving some manufacturing back to the U.S. Reshoring and nearshoring are two of the supply chain's newest buzzwords as global manufacturers realize the benefits of keeping production close to consumers, according to Manufacturing.

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

Automated Data Collection Important Tool To Prevent Fraud

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Apr 10, 2014

While automated data collection has obvious benefits with regard to inventory control and product tracking, the tools also provide valuable protection against fraud, according to a survey by Deloitte. The increasing complexity and globalization of the supply chain means that keeping track of third-party relationships is more important than ever. However, the survey found that only 26 percent of business executives are using data analytics to help manage connections with suppliers.

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

Supply Chain Mangers Must Develop Individual Best Practices

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Apr 9, 2014

While there are plenty of best practices that supply chain managers must follow, individual organizations still have different needs, according to Logistics Manager. Sometimes, multiple supply chain processes exist within the same company, because different products have variable demand. Measuring efficiency for an item that ships 2,000 times a day is not the same as measuring it for one that ships five times a month. 

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

Sunland's Recall Still Causing Supply Chain Headaches

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Apr 8, 2014

While it has been over two years since a massive, billion-dollar recall drove Sunland Inc. out of business, the food supply chain is still seeing the ripple effects of the company's demise. According to The Associated Press, Costco will be shipping and dumping nearly 1 million jars of peanut butter into a New Mexico landfill following questions about the products' ability to sell.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

New Data Collection Software Key to Improving Manufacturing Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Apr 7, 2014

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) recently released its "2013 Next Generation Manufacturing" (NGM) study, and the results show that improving processes within the manufacturing supply chain is becoming a top priority. The study was also conducted in 2009 and 2011, and is beginning to establish some trends within the industry.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

Digital Age Speeds Up Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Apr 4, 2014

E-commerce is just one way that the digital age is impacting the supply chains of companies, according to Supply Management. Internet-connected products in general will potentially disrupt and change the way that consumers and organizations view supply and demand. New technology is running rampant through the supply chain, from programs that improve logistical information, to sensors that monitor a consumer's use of a product.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

FDA Regulations, Consumer Sentiment Drive Need for Better Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Apr 3, 2014

Companies in the food supply chain have new regulations to keep up with, as the Food and Drug Administration announced recently that antibiotics must be phased out as a growth enhancer for livestock. The deal between the antibiotic companies and the FDA will remove "growth-promotion" from products' labels, making it illegal to use them for that purpose, The New York Times reported.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software, Deltek Costpoint

Economic Recovery Prime Time To Implement New Data Collection Systems

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Apr 2, 2014

Orders for U.S. manufactured goods rose slightly more than economists expected in February, which suggests the economy will continue its recovery as spring gets underway, according to Reuters. The Commerce Department report refers specifically to durable goods, which include everything from appliances to airplanes - any products intended to last more than three years.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

Rise in Prescription Drug Recalls Drive Demand for Better Inventory Control

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Apr 1, 2014

Leveraging the advantages of comprehensive inventory control systems can help companies manage the logistics of their products in the event of a recall, regardless of its magnitude. However, not every company manages the manufacturing and distribution of their own goods, and in the case of a recall, quickly adjusting to newly stunted supply lines and opening up new shipping channels may be the difference between being in the black and being in the red.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

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