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Why Infrastructure Management is Critical for Manufacturers and Distributors

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Jun 27, 2014

For manufacturers to remain competitive, they depend on a sturdy infrastructure. This extends from external components to the supply chain, such as transportation lines and electrical grids, to internal parts like information technology and inventory management systems. It's especially important in terms of providing end consumers and business partners with supplies and merchandise in a timely manner.

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Topics: Field Applications, Mobile Data Collection

What Happened When MCPc Partners with RFgen for Inventory Management Solutions?

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jun 26, 2014

E-commerce has left a large footprint on the world's supply chain. Prior to the digital transformation of the global economy, the supply chain was far more restricted, with fewer international connections between companies. If a company in the U.S. wanted to work with a manufacturer in China, there were numerous obstacles to overcome, including maintaining inventory management transparency and keeping distribution channels clear. What's more, many companies operated on paper-based systems that had an increased potential to bring back-office processing to a grinding halt. Distribution centers as part of the global supply chain essentially dictated how quickly consumers and business partners would get their hands on merchandise.

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Topics: JD Edwards World

Manufacturing Landscape Complexity: An Enterprise Mobile Strategy is the Answer

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jun 25, 2014

The state of the manufacturing sector can be complicated depending on the lens used to look at it. According to the "2014 Manufacturing and Logistics Report" published by Conexus Indiana in concert with the Center for Business and Economic Research Ball State University, there's great diversity among the 50 states in the U.S. in terms of the health of their manufacturing and logistics.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Mobile Data Collection

Why Agile Manufacturing and Distribution Depends on Voice Picking Technology

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Jun 24, 2014

As part of the economic forces that shape the directions businesses take, the supply chain can either work with or against companies in a number of industries. When the global economy took a hit during the Great Recession, logistics involving the production and distribution of goods across vast geographies were equally impacted, and this sector is slowly making a return pre-crisis levels.

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Topics: Inventory Management, Voice Recognition Software

How Global Feed Company Provimi Moooves its Products Through the Supply Chain with SAP Mobile Applications

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Jun 23, 2014

Agriculture and animal feed is one of the most regulated industries in the U.S. Because of the high level of importance attached to the nation's food supply, feed manufacturers are held under close scrutiny regarding the ingredients they put into the materials that animals consume, as well as their treatment.

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Topics: ERP Software, SAP

Smaller Manufacturers Gain Insight with Automated Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Jun 20, 2014

The continual development of technology has allowed many small businesses to take advantage of hardware and software that was once the exclusive purview of large enterprises with deep pockets. For organizations in the manufacturing field, access to advanced inventory control and data collection software may not only improve productivity and revenue, but lead to larger scale economic health as well.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

Mobile Enterprise Application Customizations, What You Should Know

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jun 19, 2014

ERP software inevitably needs to be enhanced to address the needs of any manufacturer or distributor. Whether a company needs to enhance its ERP in response to warehouse management needs or shipping and receiving processes, mobile applications are a big part of the equation. RFgen released a white paper detailing the care that manufacturing organizations should take when they consider extending their ERP systems with mobile apps to fit their needs. "Mobile Application Customizations - The Hidden TCO Killer" highlights several types of customizations that have a significant impact on the way a business functions and measures the total cost of ownership of their mobile enterprise application platform.

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Topics: ERP Software

What Should Manufacturers Look for in an Automated Data Collection Solutions Provider?

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jun 18, 2014

For many years, China has been heralded as the focal point of manufacturing in the global supply chain because of the country's ability to rapidly produce goods through automation and a sizable labor force. However, a recent article in Automation World indicated there are holes developing in this manufacturing model, leaving room for North American industries to achieve a greater role in production and distribution.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

How Automated Data Collection Helps Food Manufacturers Avoid Recall Costs

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Jun 16, 2014

The supply chain can become extremely fragile when manufacturers, distributors and other key stakeholders don't invest in the right technology to bring clarity to the movement of goods across long distances. There are many potential disrupters to the supply chain, and one that can have a lasting impact is a product pulled from shelves because of faulty parts or contamination. Just recently, the membership-based wholesaler Costco experienced a food recall.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Government Compliance

Industrial Electric Manufacturer Improves Warehouse Efficiency by 67% With an Oracle EBS Data Collection Solution

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jun 12, 2014

The infrastructure necessary to power manufacturing and industrial processes is increasingly dependent on mobile data collection technology. In North America, energy equipment supplier TMEIC helps its industrial partners, including mills, factories and manufacturers, maintain operations by providing them with access to energy that helps power virtually all critical internal functions. The company develops the equipment and electronics needed to supply factories with the power necessary to ensure production and distribution continues on course. It also provides the engineering expertise that makes certain automation runs smoothly.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Oracle E-Business Suite

How a Cabinet Maker Closed the Door on Warehouse Inefficiency with Mobile Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jun 11, 2014

The construction industry is central to the overall health of the U.S. economy, and recent data has revealed the housing market is a key factor in the sector's recovery. With a quickening demand for residential and public construction, to a lesser extent, manufacturers will need to respond with flexibility and confidence using integrated software tools to manage inventory and maintain control over distribution.

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Topics: Inventory Management

Why Data Accuracy is Crucial for Factory Output Management

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Jun 10, 2014

After months of stagnation, factory activity is finally beginning to gather momentum, piggy-backing on the gains in the manufacturing industry. Citing data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, The Associated Press recently reported that the total number of orders in U.S. factories increased 0.7 percent, which continues an upward trend beginning in February. Leading the charge has been increased demand for military hardware, transportation and durable goods. Further fueling the positive outlook is the May manufacturing index published by the Institute for Supply Management, which showcased a reading of 55.4. This reflects expansion in the sector, as anything above an index rating of 50 is positive.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

How SAP Mobile Applications Transformed a Defense Manufacturer's Operations

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Jun 3, 2014

The U.S. has long been a stronghold for aerospace and national defense manufacturing. A strong infrastructure has helped businesses in this sector develop lasting connections with private enterprises, as well as those in the public sector.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, SAP

Growth in the Chemical Sector Demands an Automated Data Collection Solution

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Jun 2, 2014

Most companies look at business growth as a positive sign of things to come. However, it's often easier said than done, especially when a business hasn't properly invested in its infrastructure to strengthen its supply chain and logistics management.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

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