Articles | October 2012

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Putting Labor Management Systems to Work

Labor management systems help distribution centers and warehouse facilities monitor and measure worker performance to identify problems and improvement opportunities.

Emily Ross

Reader Profile

Emily Ross: Good Blood

As senior supply chain manager at blood management devices manufacturer Haemonetics Corporation, Emily Ross monitors the pulse of the company’s transportation and warehousing services sourcing.

Commentary

Felecia Stratton

Checking InFelecia Stratton

The Future of Predictive Analytics Looks Certain

Predictive analytics provides large volumes of data to help logistics managers match demand to supply, making predictive analytics a competitive weapon in demand-driven supply chains.

Mark Humphlett

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Can Your Global Supply Chain Withstand a Crisis?

Risk management strategies must address the everyday sources of supply chain disruption, and managers must incorporate the identification of potential supply chain risk into their daily practices, writes Mark Humphlett, Infor.

Nari Viswanathan

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Handling Change: There's an App for That

An open business planning platform allows business planners, partners, and others to build simple apps that enhance their master Sales & Operations Planning system to adapt their S&OP process for unique – and changing – needs, writes Nari Viswanathan, Steelwedge Software.

Greg Kefer

Online ExclusiveIT MattersGreg Kefer

Filling the Cloud with High-Quality Data

Cloud-based supply chain networks allow for real-time data sharing among companies, but rely on high-quality data for effectiveness, writes Greg Kefer of GT Nexus.

Paul A. Myerson

The Lean Supply ChainPaul A. Myerson

Eliminating Wasted Motion

Lean concepts such as 5S, Visual Workplace, and Kanban help reduce motion waste to create safer, more efficient workplaces.

George F. Brown, Jr.

Online ExclusiveViewpointGeorge F. Brown, Jr.

“Second Mouse” Opportunities for Logistics Firms

Logistics providers can become valued partners to both U.S. customers and Chinese suppliers, linking them together with the full power of fast-learner economics, writes George F. Brown Jr., Blue Canyon Partners.

David J. DiSanto

Online ExclusiveViewpointDavid J. DiSanto

Crossdocking Streamlines Freight Movement

Inbound raw materials and components and outbound shipments that are centrally crossdocked, then line-hauled to final destination, support Lean manufacturing and ensure just-in-time inventory, writes David J. DiSanto of DiSanto & Associates.

Paul Galpin

ViewpointPaul Galpin

Return to Sender: Managing Reverse Logistics

While many factors influence customer loyalty, a well-run returns process has proven to drive repeat orders and improve consumer satisfaction. Paul Galpin of P2P Mailing outlines three points companies should consider when designing their reverse logistics.

How-To

Ten Tips

Complying with Export Regulations and Requirements

To successfully manage export compliance, companies must fully understand export regulations and filing requirements, advises Scott Byrnes, Amber Road.

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