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Materials Handling & Distribution

Best Buy Canada Introduces Streamlined Screening

From Canadian Security: “Like many warehousing and distribution service operations, having hundreds of employees and dozens of visitors passing through your facilities each day means that security measures to ensure the safety of employees and the sanctity of the inventory … Continue reading

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Seegrid Announces Founding Distributors for Industrial Mobile Robots

From Seegrid.com: “Seegrid Corporation (www.seegrid.com), the premier provider of vision-guided mobile robots for the material handling industry, today announced the launch of its Founding Distributor Program, a distribution network of dealers and resellers who are leaders in technology, in their … Continue reading

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Next Week is NA 2008 Show in Cleveland

From nashow.com: “In April 2008, tens of thousands supply chain and logistics professionals from more than 80 countries will arrive at Cleveland’s I-X Center. They will be greeted by over 450 exhibits covering 150,000 net square feet on one show … Continue reading

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Seven Myths of Labor Management Systems

From SCDigest.com: “What are some of the key myths and misconceptions around Labor Management Systems? 1. LMS is not an Executive Level Issue: Some logistics executives have viewed Labor Management as just a lower level warehouse issue. Wrong. The cost … Continue reading

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A Green Distribution Center: Easier Than You Think

From mmh.com: “Building an environmentally friendly distribution center isn’t as difficult or as costly as you might think. That’s according to Chris Joyce, manager of the new eastern region distribution center for the outdoor gear and clothing company REI. Joyce … Continue reading

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Lean and Mean With Distribution Centre Reference Model

From SupplyChainStandard.com: ” Now there is a new tool available to help supply chain managers compare just how efficient their warehouse operations are. Working with the Institute for Materials Handling and Logistics Systems (IFL) of the University of Karlsruhe, McKinsey … Continue reading

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The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming!

Somewhere in the back of my mind I guess I knew it would happen someday, but to be honest I hadn’t really thought that much about the potential of mobile robots being applied to materials handing applications in logistics operations. … Continue reading

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Green Supply Chains: Moving Beyond Logistics

From FT.com: “As companies start to examine the environmental footprint of their supply chains, attention has often focused on transport and logistics. But while the movement of products across the globe is one of the most visible signs of the … Continue reading

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Environment Will Drive Major Logistics Real Estate Shift

One can’t turn around today without seeing the growing impact rising environmental consciousness is having on both consumer choices and by extension business practices. As companies become more environmentally astute, either through brute force of customer will or in combination … Continue reading

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Which E-Commerce System Will Fail This Season?

From Slashdot: “”Every year, there’s some retailer whose e-commerce or supply chain fails. And it’s a big deal, since the holiday shopping season can make or break their year. The IT challenge encompasses everything from server scalability to supply chain … Continue reading

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SCN Reports LIVE From CSCMP 2007

The CSCMP’s 2007 Annual Conference wrapped up today here in Philadelphia after running from from Oct 21st to 24th at the Philadelphia Convention Center. There were somewhere north of 3,380 people attending and it was again one of the largest … Continue reading

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Autoparts Supplier Improves Supply Chain With Infor

From Computer Weekly: “LSUK, a leading UK autoparts supplier, is improving its supply chain with a new distribution system from Infor. LSUK expects the new 250-user system across 53 branches to pay for itself within 18 months. LSUK has deployed … Continue reading

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Throttleman Adopts Item-Level Tagging

From RFIDJournal: “Portuguese fashion retailer Throttleman has reduced the time items spend in the supply chain by five to seven days with the use of an RFID system. The solution, provided by systems integrator Creativesystems, and including hardware from Tagsys … Continue reading

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Leverage 802.11 WiFi Networks For SCM

Everyday the number of facilities in the world’s supply chains with deployed 802.11 WiFi networks continues to grow. This is especially true in the case of retail stores which have become a hotbed for such deployments. So what’s to stop … Continue reading

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Supply chain lessons from the iPhone

From MMH: “Before the first unit was sold, Apple’s iPhone was judged a triumph of design and functionality, not to mention the cool factor. As with other hot consumer electronic products—think the Xbox, PlayStation 3 and the Wii—analysts expected big … Continue reading

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WiFi Real Alternative for Active Tracking

From Yahoo.com: “The large and growing installed base of Wi-Fi equipment means new opportunities for using Wi-Fi in unorthodox ways. One of the most interesting is the growing trend towards using Wi-Fi to provide real-time location services (RTLS) for asset … Continue reading

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Is RFID the Missing Supply Chain Link?

The more I investigate and learn about Radio Frequency Identification technology, the more I believe that it truly is the “missing link” when it comes to management of the world’s supply chains. In 1985 the concept of Quick Response (QR) … Continue reading

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Setting Up Your SCN Infrastructure – Part 2

Software for your Supply Chain Network So after reading last week’s article Setting Up Your SCN Infrastructure – Part 1, Hardware, you’ve now got your readers and other required infrastructure in place and are ready now to install software, the … Continue reading

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