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3 Catalysts for Automated Data Collection in Manufacturing

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, May 30, 2014

Although the long winter caused multiple industries to slow production and distribution of goods and services, the "Randstad Manufacturing & Logistics Employee Confidence Index" - representing levels reported in the first quarter of 2014 - demonstrates increasing optimism. Compared to the previous quarter in 2013, there was a 12 percent drop in the number of industry workers who believe the economy is getting worse, while 26 percent feel it is improving. Data from the U.S. Department of Commerce corroborates this sentiment, as orders for factory goods increased 1.1 percent during the first quarter. At the same time, economic activity in the manufacturing sector has increased for 11 consecutive months, The Institute for Supply Management reported.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

How One Wellness Company Gained Control of its Inventory with a JDE Enterprise Mobility Platform

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, May 29, 2014

Regulatory changes can have a big impact on the way companies operate. If businesses aren't prepared to control their inventory with the help of software and digital tools, they're going to have a greater number of hurdles to overcome when a recall or similar issue occurs.

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Topics: Inventory Management

How to Save Money With a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, May 28, 2014

While a barcode is usually scanned at the register when an item is sold, many consumers are now pointing scanners at merchandise before they checkout in order to compare prices. According to WTAE in Pittsburgh, shoppers are using their smartphones and barcode-scanning technology to save money and get the best deal at retail outlets.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, ERP Software

3D Printing, Data Collection Help Companies Source Closer to Home

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, May 23, 2014

In order to keep the supply chain moving, managers must have a list of multiple first- and second-tier providers, because supply chain interruptions are hard to predict. However, having multiple suppliers does not always mean they should be located all over the world.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

How Data is Making the Food Supply Chain More Intelligent

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, May 22, 2014

One thing the farming community has always been great at is embracing new technology. While the core focus of agriculture has changed little over the past decades, the way in which America produces its food is almost unrecognizable from the family farms of the 1950s. Crop yields continue to grow as farmers gain more insight into possible weather events, soil conditions and the overall health of the plants.

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Topics: Field Applications, Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, Government Compliance

New Technology Opens the Door to Global Expansion

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, May 21, 2014

Orders for manufacturing technology were up again in March, according to Industrial Distribution magazine, citing reports from The Association For Manufacturing Technology. The numbers indicated a 38.5 percent increase since February and a 2.9 percent improvement compared to March 2013 figures. AMT President Douglas K. Woods told Industrial Distribution that the high technology figures and other positive indicators such as strong readings for durable goods and motor vehicle sales all suggest that manufacturing is a leader in economic growth.

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

How Mobile Data Collection Software is Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, May 20, 2014

Manufacturing in North America is undergoing a significant transformation. Much of it has been driven by greater exploration in oil and natural gas. Increased interest in these natural resources has a profound impact on the supply chain for many manufacturers and distribution centers. With a greater number of orders for components, materials and equipment, companies in this sector need to be equipped with streamlined supply chain systems to meet the demand.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

How to Direct and Measure Innovation in the Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, May 19, 2014

Good managers are always looking to spur innovation within their enterprise's supply chains. Some innovation is necessary to keep pace with the new demands of a global economy and others are aimed at placing a company on the cutting edge. Regardless of the motives, innovation requires an open mind and new technology.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Improving Profit Margins With Automated Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, May 16, 2014

Suppliers of consumer goods are battling increased transportation costs that are negatively impacting profit margins, according to Environmental Leader. The silver lining, however, is that in the process of mitigating these costs, organizations are drastically improving transportation efficiency.

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

How to Have Your BYOD and Secure Data Too

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, May 15, 2014

While "bring your own device" is still a top priority of many organizations following the end of the first quarter, Tech Today reports that mitigating security risks surrounding BYOD is now the top concern. Citing Good Technology's "Mobility Index Report," the website said that secure enterprise applications saw an impressive first-quarter growth rate of 57 percent. The main goal is to limit access to enterprise data by employees who do not need it.

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

Supply Chain Technology Bridges Skills Gap Faced by Reshoring Manufacturers

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, May 14, 2014

China has lost its luster for many manufacturing companies, and some that left are even considering a return, according to Milwaukee Business Journal. U.S. labor costs have remained flat for twelve years, the paper reported, and it's actually more expensive for consumers to buy products made in China.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, Government Compliance

How Pallet Labels Help with Food Traceability and Reduce Food Waste

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, May 13, 2014

A large portion of the world's discarded food is tossed after it reaches the homes of consumers. According to the Calgary Herald, half the food waste in Canada is generated in the home, and the average family throws away more than $1,000 of uneaten food each year. Within the food supply chain, this also represents a loss of water, soil, resources and time for the companies that produce the food.

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

Data Collection Improves MRO Supply Chain Management

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, May 12, 2014

Supply chains are not a set-it-and-forget-it business process. They must constantly adapt to changing consumer trends, government regulations and new best practices. The most versatile supply chains not only react to outside influences, but also analyze internal data to determine how they can improve efficiency and productivity. This information can be used to mitigate the time and cost associated with maintenance, repair and operating (MRO). 

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

All Areas of the Enterprise Benefit From the Development of Mobile Applications

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, May 9, 2014

According to the IT website No Jitter, mobile application development is no longer a perk, it's essential. No matter the business or industry, mobility is a key factor to success. Customer service departments are offering mobile apps to troubleshoot problems among consumers who favor an omnichannel approach. Marketing departments are realizing they must be able to reach potential clients who spend more time viewing smart devices than any other screen.

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Topics: Field Applications, Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, Government Compliance

How Enterprise Mobility Improves Efficiency in the Warehouse and Out in the Field

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, May 8, 2014

A lot of companies are choosing to go green these days and it's no secret that cost savings are often a welcomed side effect. There are many ways to improve efficiency and reduce waste in the warehouse, and most of them increase productivity as well. Going paperless not only allows an organization to declare that it is environmentally conscious, the initiative also streamlines supply chain management.

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Topics: Field Applications, Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, SAP, Microsoft Dynamics

The Supply Chain's Best Defense Against Mother Nature Lies in Real-time Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, May 7, 2014

Of the unpredictable interruptions that impact a supply chain, weather events can be the most costly. A company with a plant, warehouse or suppliers  in the path of hurricanes, tidal waves or forest fires is under immense pressure, reports Environmental Leader. Honda lost nearly $250 million after an assembly was inundated with water during flood events in Thailand in 2011.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, ERP Software

How License Plating Improves Organization and Control in the Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, May 6, 2014

Improving efficiency in the supply chain is a top priority for every manager, and it often starts with better inventory control. As a business grows, it becomes more difficult to track and trace merchandise even when it is still in production. Despite accurate staffing and procedures, human error can quickly reduce efficiency and productivity.

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

Accurate Data Collection Key to a Customer-Centric Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, May 5, 2014

The supply chain was once a part of business that stopped at the large swinging doors in the back of a retail outlet. And that is the same place that customer service began. Storefronts were the customer-centric side of the business, and the supply chain just part of a number of business processes that ensured merchandise reached the brick-and-mortar locations of the organizations selling it.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, ERP Software

How to Expand Data Collection Beyond the Warehouse with a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, May 2, 2014

Technology in the warehouse has been a boon for manufacturers and distributors. The ability to track orders and products in real time provides myriad of data that can be analyzed to determine efficiency, combat staffing issues and develop new best practices. While many companies realize that these solutions are easy to install on-site, they may be unaware that similar technology is now available outside of the warehouse.

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

Improving Traceability in the Supply Chain A Growing Concern

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, May 1, 2014

As traceability becomes an increasingly important aspect of the supply chain, some organizations are making an attempt to outline new best practices. The United Nations Global Compact and BSR, a global network of companies committed to sustainability, are two of the organizations attempting to do so. They recently published "A Guide To Traceability: A practical approach to advance sustainability in global supply chains" to highlight recent concerns and changes to tracing supplies in the global market. 

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

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