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CPR For Lean Warehouses

April 22, 2015 8:35 am | by Steven (Jimmy) Benefield, Partner at enVista | Articles | Comments

Many Lean warehouse teams start out with great intentions, implementing changes that improve processes and increase efficiency. But then, slowly over time, the newness wanes and they lose momentum. While this is not uncommon, it’s extremely important that managers take notice and take action. 

Authorities Close to Revealing Details of Bourbon Theft

April 20, 2015 12:40 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The mystery of who's been spiriting away barrels of Kentucky bourbon might soon have a...

Why and How You Should Conduct a Waste Audit

April 20, 2015 10:35 am | by Michael Wilson, Vice President of Marketing, AFFLINK | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers, distributors, and end-customers become more environmentally focused, one area...

Five Benefits You Should Be Receiving From Your Supplier

April 14, 2015 1:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The big question for manufacturers is — is your supplier offering you the most valuable benefits...

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E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth in Warehouse Automation Market

April 13, 2015 10:40 am | by ARC Advisory Group | Articles | Comments

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study.

Managing Supply Risk For Distributors

April 8, 2015 10:40 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution | Articles | Comments

As distributors continue to enhance services to customers to remain competitive in today’s market, constant diligence is necessary to maintain a streamlined and efficient supply chain that is resistant to disruption.

Study Finds Internet of Things Vital to Future of Transportation and Logistics Industry

April 6, 2015 2:45 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A recent study done on behalf of Zebra Technologies found that 96 percent of transportation and logistics companies agree that the Internet of Things is the most strategic technological initiative their organization will undertake this decade.

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How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada | Articles | Comments

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

Revamping Supply Chain Intelligence: Q&A With Bob Farrell

March 16, 2015 10:45 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bob Farrell, CEO of Kewill, offers expert insight into the importance of transportation and warehouse management that can help manufacturers save money and maintain excellent customer relations.       

Stretch Hood Film

March 12, 2015 7:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Xeros stretch hood film is ideal for protecting loads from the outdoor elements while preventing condensation from forming inside the bag. 

Jelly Belly to Move Distribution Center From Wisconsin to Tennessee

March 11, 2015 12:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Candy company Jelly Belly will leave Wisconsin after 14 years and shift its distribution operation to Tennessee, according to reports.

5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends in Distribution, Pt. 2

March 10, 2015 1:10 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

In order to deliver on customer expectations, distributors need to work even more collaboratively than previously with manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers so that everyone involved in the supply chain shares and has access to real-time customer and product information including inventory.

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5 Emerging E-Commerce Trends in Distribution, Pt. 1

March 10, 2015 9:40 am | by Ranga Bodla, Wholesale Distribution Lead, NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Distributors are having to quickly develop an e-commerce presence or risk losing potential business and customers. They can use these five trends to compete faster and smarter.    

The State of Women in the Supply Chain

March 5, 2015 12:20 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force, yet only one-fourth of supply chain jobs. With a supply chain labor shortage continuing to grow, women remain an untapped resource.  

E-Commerce Shaping Material Handling in 2015

March 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Bob Liebe and Chris Capshaw, Division Presidents at Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Just like a bespoke pair of shoes, the material handling industry is growing ever-more customized. Customer demands are changing, so the supply chain must adjust accordingly.

Case Study: Consolidating Frozen Storage to Optimize Growth and Logistics

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by Power PR | Articles | Comments

Drive-in rack system helps Coloma Frozen Foods expand, cut costs and improve safety.

Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 8:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

During a media roundtable at the 2015 Grainger Show, CEO Jim Ryan sat down to discuss some recurring themes Grainger is seeing in the marketplace. Some of the topics Ryan says Grainger is focusing on most include...

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Newest UPS & FedEx Competitor: Waffle House?

February 25, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new ridesharing service has an unlikely ally in its quest to enter the package delivery marketplace: Waffle House. Officials called the company's new role "a natural extension of what our restaurants are right now."

NAMI Applauds Agreement in Nine-Month West Coast Port Labor Dispute

February 23, 2015 7:15 am | by NAMI | News | Comments

The dispute and resulting slowdowns have cost the meat, poultry, hide, skin and leather industries an estimated $85 million a week. While the deal between the two sides is a crucial step to ending this slowdown, the impact will continue to be felt.

FTC Moves to Block Sysco's $3.5B Purchase of US Foods

February 20, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Antitrust regulators are challenging the $3.5 billion sale of US Foods to Sysco, saying the deal would hurt customers by reducing competition between food supply companies. Sysco Corp. agreed to buy US Foods in December 2013, saying they would create a company with $65 billion in annual revenue.

Retailers Fret as Products Languish on Ships, Docks at Port

February 13, 2015 8:52 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The critical gateways for international trade have become more like parking lots for massive cargo ships that haul a you-name-it selection of consumer goods made in Asia and return there with U.S. exports. And U.S.-produced perishables, including meat and produce, are unable to be sent to Asian consumers.

How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

February 12, 2015 10:55 am | by Anders Ekman | Articles | Comments

While manufacturers have made huge strides into the digital world, the biggest challenge continues to evolve around Big Data. Although Big Data can translate into big revenue, many companies are unable to fully utilize its potential.

Sysco, US Foods Merger Faces Skepticism, Doubts About Remedies

February 10, 2015 12:30 pm | by International Brotherhood of Teamsters | News | Comments

Consumer advocates warn that the deal merging the top two broadline foodservice distributors — the only two with national industry footprints and national customers — would eliminate a significant competitor from the broadline industry and also reduce competition.

Key Performance Indicators For the Supply Chain

February 9, 2015 10:25 am | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is an industry typified by countless unique processes and workflows. Because of this, assessing overall performance and efficiency is a complex task. Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions.

Sysco in Deal to Sell 11 Distribution Centers

February 2, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Food supply company Sysco has agreed to sell 11 distribution centers to Performance Foods Group in order to alleviate Federal Trade Commission concerns over its pending $3.5 billion acquisition of rival U.S. Foods.     

How CALGreen is Changing Up Design, Construction Practices

January 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Sonja Antunovic-Curcic, LEED® AP BD+C | Blogs | Comments

As a food manufacturer, you should understand that CALGreen is changing the way the building industry does business. To incorporate sustainability into building construction and design, California established the California Green Building Standards Code.

Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Planning

January 28, 2015 1:55 pm | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

Managing extended sales channels has been a largely intuitive process, relying on ‘hip pocket’ estimates, lacking in visibility and accountability, and too often isolated from central enterprise supply chain planning.         

The Next Global Markets For US Businesses

January 27, 2015 3:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

The U.S. economy is surging ahead while areas like China, Europe and Russia struggle economically. In order to keep the momentum going for U.S. businesses, they’ll have to look at new global markets to expand. So where are companies aiming their focus?

Education, Bias-Breaking Keys to Women's Rise in Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

According to a 2012 study by Deloitte, women comprise nearly half (46.6 percent) of the total U.S. labor force, yet just 24.8 percent of the durable goods manufacturing workforce. That disparity is much greater still at the executive level.

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