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Navigating Total Cost of Ownership with Manufacturing Software Integration

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Today's manufacturing organizations require agile systems and infrastructure that facilitate the flow of data. A recent article for Industry Week highlighted the importance of organizations being able to respond with flexibility in the face of fluctuating consumer demands while also maintaining accurate data records.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, ERP Software

How a Canadian Public Utility Increased Efficiency with Data Collection Software

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Sep 29, 2014

When most people think about public utilities, they only concentrate on the service provided in the way of electricity, natural gas or water. However, there are a number of processes involved in the public utility supply chain that require data-intensive measurement and analytics tools capable of providing companies with clarity into their inventory levels. This is especially important for public utilities as the winter approaches and consumer demands shift according to the weather and varying levels of water usage.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection

Construction Company Builds a Better Inventory Control Process by Integrating Data Collection with JD Edwards

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Sep 24, 2014

One of the most difficult aspects of running an organization focused on manufacturing and distribution is inventory control. According to Logistics Management, an online news source for supply chain management, the costs of an inefficient inventory management solution can be just as detrimental as transportation expenses. Moving goods and components across various geographies is often cited as the biggest process cost because of the complexity of the supply chain and the impact human involvement can have on managing data. Therefore, it often gets priority in the minds of many manufacturers and distribution center operators.

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Topics: Inventory Management

Automated Data Collection Leads to a New Supply Chain Payment Platform

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Sep 23, 2014

One of the world's largest electronic invoicing networks and one of the largest payment companies are joining forces to kickoff a supply chain payment platform that utilizes automated data collection. Forbes Magazine announced the collaboration between Basware and Mastercard and the unveiling of the new product called Basware Pay.

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Topics: Field Applications, Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Can Compliance Provide Supply Chain Optimization?

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Sep 22, 2014

Worker abuses and other incidents are causing major headaches for supply chain managers. What will ensure the sanitization and sustainability of operations so that negative press won't erode consumer confidence? The Risk and Compliance section of The Wall Street Journal recently shared some ideas of how management can lower the chances of a scandalous incident occurring by revamping supply chain management solutions, starting with compliance issues.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management, Government Compliance

Kraft Cheese Recall Highlights Need for Tighter Supply Chain Control

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Sep 19, 2014

Kraft has announced a voluntary recall of its presliced American cheese packages after some issues over cold storage arose following inventory control checks. Detroit's WXYZ-TV said the company opted for the recall after finding that a supplier failed to store the cheese slices at the required Kraft temperatures. The company explained the failure to maintain the correct temperatures could cause the cheese to become laden with bacteria that could produce food-borne illnesses or early spoiling.

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Topics: Field Applications, Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

With Aging Manufacturing Infrastructure, Fixed Asset Management Software is Critical

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Fixed asset management is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle for manufacturers looking to manage costs and maintain operations at a high level. However, a recent article from The Wall Street Journal found the current state of manufacturing equipment in the U.S. leaves something to be desired. In fact, the median age for industrial machinery has surpassed the decade mark, according to Morgan Stanley economists.

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Topics: Inventory Management

Tips for How to Streamline and Safeguard a Complex Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Sep 17, 2014

As the economy continues to rebound after the disastrous years following the 2008 recession, improvements in supply chain management have grown by leaps and bounds. Costs have come down as managers begin to understand the benefits of mobile data collection for their operations.

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Topics: Field Applications, Mobile Data Collection

Inventory Control Is A Way To Combat Fraud On The Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Keeping tabs on the supply chain is not just a localized issue any longer. Suppliers in diverse locations worldwide make it almost impossible for a supply chain manager to maintain inventory control and know exactly what's going on everywhere in the company's domain. A Wall Street Journal blog suggested that seeking transparency through best practices implementation can go far toward gaining full control over the supply chain.

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Topics: Field Applications, Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Are Ethics Affecting the Supply Chain Data Collection Processes?

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Sep 15, 2014

Management of the supply chain is not just ensuring smooth operation and transportation of goods from one site to another. It also entails inventory control, enterprise mobile solutions and barcode data collection from stock items purchased by consumers. An article in Supply Chain Brain detailed a ChainLink Research report that said at the heart of supply chain management are ethical issues that must be addressed.

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

How to Revamp the Supply Chain to Drive Bigger Profits

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Sep 12, 2014

The supply chain is a company's biggest asset and profit driver under optimum conditions or, if dysfunctional, its biggest nightmare. A Supply Management story took a hard look at vacuum and pump manufacturer, Edwards, to see how they revamped their supply chain and data collection procedures to keep up with customer demands.

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

Recent Food Scandals Highlight Need for Supply Chain Management Oversight

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Sep 11, 2014

In the wake of a number of supplier-related miscues in the Pacific Rim countries to companies like McDonald's, Starbucks and Canada-based Burger King, a report in The Guardian suggested that businesses need to look at their supply chains and take proactive measures to avoid any future scandals. Those actions could include deployment of automated data collection as a means of ensuring what goes on upstream is known at company headquarters.

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Topics: Field Applications, Inventory Management, Government Compliance

Best Practice Tips for New Supply Chain Management Leaders

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Establishing directives like inventory control is one of the first things a newly-minted supply chain leader should do as they start a new position. Determining the strengths and weakness of the team and the maturity of the processes in place can create a vision that becomes clearer with each ensuing day. But if all is not optimal at the outset, MD Byline's Luis Martinez, writing for Health Care Finance News, passed along a few tips to get the operation running up to par.

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Topics: Field Applications, Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

Smarter Supply Chain Operation Can Prevent Recalls

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Sep 9, 2014

Ford Motor Company recently issued a recall for 160,000 of their turbo-charged vehicles, and many outside the industry are wondering how so many vehicles slipped through the supply chain and inventory control and reach the consumer level. Kelli Felker with Ford explained to The New York Times that there was an issue where the engine wiring harness may have been compromised. According to the Times, nearly 133,000 vehicles in the United States and about 25,000 in Canada are affected by the recall.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Oil Sands Industry Relies on Four Supply Chains to Maintain Proper Inventory Control

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Sep 8, 2014

Extracting oil sands through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking​, from deep beneath the earth is a labor and equipment intensive operation. According to a Forbes Magazine article, there are actually four supply chains needed to run a successful operation and maintain proper inventory control. Removing the oil from the shale creates new supply chain headaches because the degradation of the wells is much quicker than traditional oil and gas operations. Extra material is required to access the oil and gas, the shale fields are much larger than oil and gas fields and there's a shortage of pipelines to cover the middle of the supply chain. A second Forbes story by Steve Banker detailed how difficult the fracking procedure really is.

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Topics: Field Applications, Manufacturing and Distribution, Government Compliance

Tips for Minimizing Supply Chain Interruption

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Sep 5, 2014

A natural disaster in a far-off land has interrupted the supply chain and pretty much stopped all data collection from the stricken portion of the world. What can a good manager do to minimize the down time and losses that will result? Well, if he or she is prepared for the situation, it won't be much of a problem. However, according to a report in a Kinaxis blog, if there's no supply chain management strategy in place, the disaster could be far more costly.

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Topics: Field Applications, Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

A Beginner's Guide to Automated Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Sep 4, 2014

Over the past five years or so, technology has exploded on a previously unheard of scale. With the technological uptick, there is now more of a need than ever before to find ways to store all the data created. Automated data collection is a cutting-edge technology who's time has come.

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Topics: Field Applications, Mobile Data Collection

Lockheed Martin Eliminates Inventory Management Errors with Automated Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Sep 3, 2014

Among those involved in the manufacturing industry, it's common knowledge that a healthy supply chain is foundation of a strong organization. A core aspect of ensuring all goods, components and materials get to where they're supposed to be is automated data collection. However, it's often surprising how many organizations still depend on manual processes to collect data related to inventory, shipments and other moving parts in their supply chain. A recent Automation World article explored just how important data and automation are to ensuring manufacturers can achieve quality standards and comply with traceability regulations.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

Supply Chain Automation Saves Money And Time in Health Care Industry

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Sep 2, 2014

Some changes in the health care industry could have large ramifications on supply chain operations everywhere as long-awaited automation comes into play. Many health care providers and hospitals already have automated data collection integrated across some of their supply chain, and the cost savings are sure to lead to more deployment across the sector. Todd Nelson is with the Healthcare Financial Management Association and told the Health Care Finance News that although automation is in operation in many areas of the country, there's not a standard in place that all companies can work toward.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

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