Articles | January 2013

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Casebook

Cloud-Based WMS Fires Up Supermercados Supply Chain

Peruvian supermarket chain drives DC network realignment with a new cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) warehouse management system (WMS).

DC Solutions

Improved Warehouse Operations: Cause to Celebrate

A warehouse control system that integrates voice-directed picking technology, a high-speed sortation system, and scanning technology streamlined party goods supplier Oriental Trading Company’s picking, packing, and shipping operations.

I.T. Toolkit

Inventory Replenishment: A Push in the Right Direction

Close-out retailer Tuesday Morning implemented Interlink’s WHSe-LINK warehouse management system to receive, store, and allocate its daily inbound shipments of unique SKUs.

William Gregory

Reader Profile

William Gregory: Into Africa

As global supply chain coordinator at satellite communications technology provider VT iDirect, William Gregory tunes into signals from trading partners in Africa to ensure regulatory compliance.

Commentary

Tom Stricker

3PL LineTom Stricker

Five Signs Your Production Logistics Needs Help

Production logistics can increase an operation’s efficiencies and save companies money by creating the right blend of technology, equipment, and disciplined processes to ensure materials get where the are needed to keep production flowing, writes Tom Stricker of HK Logistics.

Keith Biondo

Checking InKeith Biondo

Supply Chain Force Multipliers

By providing end-to-end visibility, demand driven logistics practices deliver competitive advantage and solve supply chain challenges for businesses of all sizes, writes Publisher Keith Biondo.

Felecia Stratton

Checking InFelecia Stratton

The Great Equalizer

Supply chain management makes a difference by empowering companies to do more with less, and project a stronger competitive force, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.

Tim Nowak

EcoDevTim Nowak

St. Louis: New Gateway to Asian Markets

For new businesses or those seeking to grow trade relationships, St. Louis represents a gateway to Asian markets, writes Tim Nowak of the World Trade Center St. Louis.

Emily P. Davis

Green LandscapeEmily P. Davis

Wasting Away to Meet Sustainability Goals

An average distribution center generates or handles anywhere from 100 to 1,000 tons of solid waste each year that could be reduced, reused, or recycled. Emily P. Davis of Exel/DHL Supply Chain Americas outlines five keys for helping waste management and other sustainability programs succeed.

Eric Breen

IT MattersEric Breen

Yard and Dock Management Tools: An Extra Set of Eyes in Your Facility

Yard and dock management systems use real-time and physical data to assist facilities in efficiently managing operations such as loading dock visibility, live and staged trailer coordination, and turn time management, writes Eric Breen of 4SIGHT.

Juan D. Morales

Smart MovesJuan D. Morales

Training Tomorrow’s Logistics and Transportation Executives Today

Education providers are introducing supply chain education programs to prepare students to be the logistics and transportation executives of the future, writes Juan D. Morales of Stanton Chase International.

Jeffrey B. Graves

Online ExclusiveViewpointJeffrey B. Graves

Maximizing Productivity in E-commerce Warehousing and Distribution Operations

Continuous e-commerce growth has prompted an increasing number of retailers to use third-party logistics (3PL) providers for handling their direct-to-consumer fulfillment. Jeffrey B. Graves of Sedlak Management Consultants explains that for retail logistics executives, assessing 3PL capabilities that best fit their company’s requirements can be a challenge, yet critical for optimum return on investment (ROI)

Foster Finley

ViewpointFoster Finley

Surveying the Home Delivery Landscape

Retailers and shippers need to find ways to meet consumers’ changing demand for home delivery services, while maintaining adequate margins and finding new avenues for continued growth, writes Foster Finley of AlixPartners.

How-To

Ten Tips

Improving Supplier Compliance

Developing an effective supplier compliance program requires planning and communication, writes Peter Wharton of IBM.

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