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How Data Collection Software Helps the Wind Energy Industry Manage Shrinking Demand

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Aug 29, 2014

The wind energy industry is facing some supply chain changes in order to prevent overstocking that resulted from shifting demand within the sector. A Consult Make report showed that strategic component supplies worldwide had overstock numbers from 50-90 percent in regards to global demand.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management, ERP Software

BYOD Could Be On The Way Out As An Enterprise Mobile Solution

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Aug 28, 2014

A recent ruling by the California Court of Appeals may have sounded the death knell for the bring your own device trend (BYOD) that's sweeping the nation. At issue is whether the enterprise mobile solution should be paid for by employers when used by an employee for work-related conversations.

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Topics: Field Applications, Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

Gartner Report Highlights Struggle with SCM Software Integration

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Keeping day-to-day operations in a shipping environment running smoothly and effectively is the most important job a company manager does, so it makes sense to have every aspect of the supply chain updated frequently. This helps ensure that any breaks in the chain, like in the automated data collection systems, are kept to a minimum and that all aspects of it are in compliance with software and regulatory changes.

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Topics: Field Applications, Mobile Data Collection

New Study Shows 35% of Companies Still Using Pen and Paper for Warehouse Management

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Aug 26, 2014

With all the talk about marketing automation and smooth supply chain operation it came as a bit of surprise when a Warehouse Management survey from SCM software research website Software Advice found that a number of business are still operating with manual tracking and confirmation practices as opposed to being current.

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Topics: Field Applications, Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

Chicken Producer Perdue Announces Product Recall

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Aug 25, 2014

One of the largest food manufacturers in the U.S., Perdue, has announced it will recall more than 15,300 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service news release.

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Topics: Government Compliance

Resetting The Supply Chain May Get Target Going in Canada

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Aug 22, 2014

In 2013, Target's planned expansion into Canada provided limited returns and a nearly $1 billion loss. Now company officials have identified supply chain problems as the cause, said a Reuters report.

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Topics: Field Applications, Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

E-Commerce Shift Causes Retailers To Scramble To Keep Up

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Aug 21, 2014

For some time now, the retail paradigm has been shifting toward an e-commerce mode, leaving the traditional sales methodologies behind. Businesses are seeing more of their revenue generated from the Web as opposed to the storefront. Consulting firm Boston Retail Partners, said 75 percent of all retail inventory is available for all channels, but just 22 percent have silos that are broken between online teams and those in the stores.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Voice Picking: What it Means for Inventory Management

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Aug 20, 2014

What does continued inventory growth mean for U.S. wholesalers? Companies like Costco and IKEA that distribute massive amounts of inventory and maintain large stockpiles of goods on site need to keep accurate and up-to-date records. Recent data from the U.S. Department of Commerce suggested that large scale distributors and wholesalers need to invest in the technology and equipment necessary to foster transparency in their supply chains.

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Topics: Inventory Management, Voice Recognition Software

Can Supply Chain and Shipping Delays Actually Enhance Customer Satisfaction?

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Inventory control plays a major role in supply chain management, and quality is the main key to customer satisfaction. However, shipping is also an area that consumers pay a lot of attention to. Supply Management indicated that customers don't mind delays in their orders arriving; it's uncertainty about the shipping process and their order status that irritates them.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Supply Chain Software Revenues on the Rise

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Aug 18, 2014

Supply chain systems take huge amounts of coordination to ensure all the different components are operating safely and properly. It is costly, time-consuming and requires diligent and well-trained staff to conduct all the maintenance to keep the chain operational. Jobs like keeping the bar code data collection running smoothly and without interruption or making sure the data capture system doesn't break down mean employing a large staff and using lots of man hours. A Gartner report showed that because of all the work required to operate the supply chain, some 43 percent of management personnel surveyed have said they will be purchasing single underlying technology platforms to streamline operations.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Why Mobile Data Collection Software is Critical for Workers in the Field

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Aug 8, 2014

There are numerous reasons why organizations need to go out into the field for data collection. The main issue that arises when they're pressed to carry out these tasks is how they should go about doing the work. Recently, Alaska Public Radio reported the Center for Water Advocacy, which is working with a local tribal council, is aiming to collect information related to a mineral exploration firm's activities near an important water source. Beyond the legal barriers inhibiting the project, they also face logistical barriers.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection

Good Supply Management Could Increase Stock Availability

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Aug 7, 2014

Suppliers and retailers have different business models and that can lead to some miscommunication, which can cause problems with both operations. An article for Supply Management described how both entities can fix that problem with a couple of simple steps and keep everything running smoothly and efficiently.

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Topics: Field Applications, Inventory Management

No Supply Chain Changes for GM in Wake of China Disaster

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Aug 6, 2014

In the wake of the disastrous explosion in China that killed at least 75 employee and injured close to 200 more, General Motors has announced it will not be making any changes to its supply chain safety standards farther down the line, according to The Wall Street Journal. The automaker said it will continue to practice industry standards, which puts the onus on the closest component providers to watch for safety violations among suppliers down the chain.

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Topics: Field Applications, Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

After 40 Years, the Bar Code Proves its Worth in Wireless Data Collection Solutions

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Aug 5, 2014

Considering the immeasurable importance of bar codes, it's somewhat surprising that one of the most iconic versions of the technology has only been around for about 40 years.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, SAP

Food Traceability Tips from the Trenches

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Aug 4, 2014

Consumers are concerned after nationally-reported word that a California company is recalling designated lots of fresh nectarines, plums, plouts and peaches because of listeria fears. The recall is said to be voluntary and precautionary. The company, Wawona Packing, said that Costco and Trader Joe's were among retailers that received the fruit. According to Manufacturing.net, the fruit was shipped between June 1 and July 12.

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Topics: Field Applications, Government Compliance

Is US Manufacturing Back In Full Swing?

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Aug 1, 2014

In the years of the last United States recession - 2007 to 2009 - the manufacturing industry took a very hard hit. But in the time since, the sector has become a solidifying piece of the shaky U.S. economy that is slowly continuing its five-year rebound.

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Topics: Inventory Management

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