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The Future of Inventory Control Software

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Jan 30, 2015

As companies jump on new technology, many of the tools used by prior generations of supply chain managers won't be as effective as in the past. Just like other parts of the business world, logistics is a changing arena where things that aren't efficient anymore are cast aside in favor of the tools that can do a job most effectively.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

A Look at the Supply Chain Landscape in 2015

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jan 29, 2015

The manufacturing company of the future will not only have to compete on its ability to deliver a top-shelf solution, but it will have to get the product to the end user quickly as well. This will require the careful use of inventory management software in order to ensure the products are sent where they need to be, to meet the demand in various markets.

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

Data Collection Software for the Pharmaceutical Industry

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jan 28, 2015

The requirements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act are fairly strict. Companies that will be best able to handle these new regulations are those that use data capture in order to register where a product's raw materials are coming from and who shipped them. The unique device identification rule is fairly similar, and will affect companies that produce medical equipment. Healthcare Packaging, an industry news source, recently compared these two rules and found that those that produce a manifold number of health products, including both medical devices and pharmaceuticals, will be able to use similar technology to handle both requirements.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection, Inventory Management

GS1 US Releases Protocol for RFID

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Jan 26, 2015

The standards group GS1 U.S. has released its new protocol for tagged items. Called the Tagged-Item Performance Protocol, it is designed for companies that use radio frequency identification tags for registering merchandise in different industries and contexts. RFID Journal predicted that the new standards may cause more companies to begin using RFID as a way to perform data collection inside of warehouses and factories.

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Topics: Inventory Management

Enterprise Mobility and Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Jan 23, 2015

A major topic of discussion for those in the supply chain industry has been enterprise mobility. How can a company move away from heavy amounts of paperwork and leverage barcode scanners and other mobile devices in order to collect data on the fly and have more accurate results thrown into the bargain? According to Australian magazine ABC, mobile technology is becoming a major tool for businesses that want to keep data at managers' fingertips through tablet computers with up-to-the-minute information about factories and warehouses, as well as suppliers. Many companies are also implementing bring-your-own-device policies, so that workers can use their own tools to access information quickly and efficiently using mobile enterprise application platforms. According to the Software Development Times, this industry is becoming larger as more businesses implement mobile solutions. Business 2 Community goes so far as to suggest that 2015 will be a year in which this practice begins to flourish for companies across the board.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection

Bringing Visibility to the Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

The shifts in demand that happen seasonally in every industry can often be predicted in advance, either because the patterns are well known and have to do with factors such as the weather, or from prior years of experience. In order to handle these changes, companies need to have a robust supply chain management system that is able to send products to the right places at the right time, ensuring that there are no surpluses or shortages of goods in the different markets where a company does business.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

Save Trees and Other Key Benefits to Automating Data Collection

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Jan 19, 2015

Most manufacturers have one, if not multiple, warehouses to manage. A surprising number of these organizations still depend on paper-based processes to keep track of operational workflows. An RFgen Software white paper titled "Tomorrow's Warehouse Today: Three Technologies for Exceptional Operational Efficiency" looks at the issues surrounding warehouse management and the major roadblocks that get in the way of a more productive and efficient warehouse.

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Topics: Mobile Data Collection

The Future Impact of the Internet of Things on Manufacturing

by Meagan Douglas on Fri, Jan 9, 2015

Manufacturing in the U.S. is continuing to grow, The Wall Street Journal reported. It may not be as large as it once was, but part of the reason for this is that the industry has become enormously streamlined through the use of tools such as robotics. More was manufactured in the U.S. in 2014 than in 2013, but the number of people working in the industry is still relatively small compared to numbers from decades past. The reason is that today's jobs are very technical and require experience.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution, Inventory Management

Got Growing Pains? How Data Capture Can Help Eliminate Inefficiencies of Scale

by Meagan Douglas on Thu, Jan 8, 2015

Manufacturing, according to November data by the Institute for Supply Management, is doing very well. As such, it could be a time for expansion. With new orders coming into a company, the ambition tends to be to grow the business so that recent customers become steady customers, which in turn helps to grow the business in a virtuous cycle of needs satisfied and profits raised. In order to make this happen, a company needs to grow its supply chain. But this is easier said than done.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

Key Success Factor to an Omnichannel Model

by Meagan Douglas on Wed, Jan 7, 2015

Companies are beginning to ship directly from the back room at many locations in an effort to capture the omnichannel market, DC Velocity reported. Omnichannel means being able to make the shipping experience the same whether someone orders online, from a store or via a meeting with someone in sales. The trick behind the ability to offer this service is a fine mastery of the warehouse and the back room.

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Topics: Inventory Management

The Two Biggest Visibility Problems in the Food Supply Chain

by Meagan Douglas on Tue, Jan 6, 2015

The food supply chain is tricky. According to Spend Matters, there are many challenges having to do with visibility that those who manufacture food products need to address.

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Topics: Manufacturing and Distribution

Managing Supply Chains to Control Price and Differentiate Product

by Meagan Douglas on Mon, Jan 5, 2015

Organizing supply chains to adapt to changing market conditions can be a challenge. The truth is that the global marketplace is always changing, and what is expensive from one supplier in one country might be cheap from another company somewhere else. That's why businesses always have to stay on top of the latest trends not only when it comes to buying goods but also shipping them from their place of origin. In other words, a well-designed supply chain is in a constant state of flux.

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