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Need a Mobile Data Collection Solution? Consider Six Critical Questions

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

The influence of mobile technology has expanded far beyond consumer markets. Increasingly, smartphones and tablets make their way into a variety of business sectors, including manufacturing. A recent article of Supply Chain Digital explains that industrial-level mobile computers have been around for a while now, but they've developed rapidly in recent years, forcing many organizations to update their entire information technology infrastructure.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection

Voice: A Key to Delivering Advanced Manufacturing Efficiency

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jul 30, 2014

In 2014, developing a robust and dependable supply chain is one of the highest priorities for many manufacturers. A recent article for Supply Management emphasized this issue, citing a report developed by Mike Wright, executive director for the automaker Jaguar Land Rover, and commissioned by the Labour Party. The crux of the issue is that a healthy manufacturing environment depends on having numerous domestic suppliers. The online publication explained the benefits of developing an interconnected web of local partners that manufacturers can rely on to create more efficient distribution and receiving channels.

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Topics: Voice Recognition Software

Why the Future of Drug Traceability is in Automated Data Collection Software

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Keeping track of items is one of the highest priorities for not only manufacturers, but essentially every organization involved in the supply chain. Traceability is a focus for multiple industries, including agriculture and pharmaceuticals, and there are numerous government regulations that aim to ensure companies are complying with these rules. However, some sectors are calling for even more action on the part of regulators. According to a recent article  posted on the PharmExec.com blog, those involved with manufacturing and distributing prescription medication will be required to collect and transmit information pertaining to its movement under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act. In fact, Jan. 1, 2015 is the deadline established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to have a data collection system in place that will allow plant operators, packagers and all enterprises involved in distribution to provide the government agency with accurate records.

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Topics: Government Compliance

Toyota Canada's Experiences Emphasize the Need for Inventory Management

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Jul 25, 2014

The Canadian economy has show resiliency over the past months after an earlier period of ups and downs. According to The Canadian Press, the number of exports to foreign buyers rose 3.5 percent for the North American country in May. This growth reflects a rosier picture of the Canadian economy, which was also bolstered by news of rising imports.

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Topics: Inventory Management

6 Attributes of Mobile Data Collection Enabling Tech-driven Manufacturing

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jul 24, 2014

The manufacturing renaissance currently underway in the U.S. is due in large part to the nation's robust information technology and software that helps factories achieve more accurate inventory management and data visibility. In an interview with Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, The Wall Street Journal highlighted the fact that manufacturing in particular is undergoing a significant change because of innovation.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Mobile Data Collection

Supply Chain Concerns Persist as Optimism Grows

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jul 23, 2014

According to recent research from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the industrial manufacturing sector in the U.S. is looking to use its cash reserves to reinvigorate their operations. More specifically, the "Q2 2014 Manufacturing Barometer" highlighted a positive sentiment among U.S. manufacturers, leading to the decision to reinvest capital in their products, technology and payrolls.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

Innovation and Compliance: How Automated Data Collection Bridges Both Worlds

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Is the growth in U.S. manufacturing a product of deindustrialization? A recent op-ed article for The Hill Newspaper took a look at the role the federal government has played in various countries in either supporting or debilitating research and development in manufacturing.

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Topics: Government Compliance

Automotive Manufacturer Brabant Alucast Nears 100% Stock Accuracy with Automated Data Collection Software

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Jul 15, 2014

The automotive manufacturing industry involves a massive number of suppliers, distributors, producers and research and development professionals, all of whom are interconnected to create a complicated supply chain. It's also a sector that can be profoundly impacted by product recalls, leading to diminished productivity and putting negative pressure on companies' bottom lines.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Microsoft Dynamics

Remote Warehouse Management Challenges Posed by Globalization

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Jul 14, 2014

Globalization has bred stronger competition among businesses hoping to provide products or services to customers in countless time zones and geographical locations. A recent Bloomberg View article analyzed a new report by McKinsey Global Institute, which found people, businesses and the flow of goods are linked more strongly today than they ever have been in the past. The reverberations of globalization have transcended the borders of leading industrial nations and those with massive economic wealth, moving into newly developed or developing nations. The McKinsey study also found that the more open to international trade and cooperation that companies tend to be, the better off they are financially. In fact, this international mindset helps bring upwards of $450 billion global economic growth annually.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

Reduce Errors from Advance Shipping Notices with Automated Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jul 9, 2014

The economy is estimated to have shrunk by 2 percent during the first quarter of 2014, but the majority of financial experts aren't particularly concerned, according to The Associated Press. The reasoning behind this is the fact that the frigid temperatures and snow-strewn winter likely had a fairly strong, albeit limited, impact on many industries.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

When Housing Heats up, Manufacturers and Suppliers Need a Mobile Data Collection Solution

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Jul 8, 2014

The housing market in the U.S. has gained significant ground since the Great Recession brought many construction projects to a grinding halt. According to reports from the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of authorizations and completed projects portrays a somewhat mixed message.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, SAP

Why Medical Device Manufacturers Need Inventory Management

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Jul 7, 2014

As the welcoming manufacturing climate in China has seemingly eroded over the past several years, organizations hoping to take advantage of the country's low cost of production have increasingly decided to look elsewhere. Economic growth in the country has benefited many people in charge of production and has resulted in a rise in wages and operational expenses. On top of this, many U.S.-based companies are faced with supply chain issues because their products are manufactured far from the location of their largest consumer markets. This brief history would ring a familiar tune for Rhythmlink International, a medical device manufacturer that creates tools that help patients and doctors manage epilepsy and similar issues, explained Plastics Today.

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Topics: JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Inventory Management

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