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Supply Chain Software Survey: Off the fence and into the future

Modern readers evaluate their usage of materials handling software technology, its value to their organizations, and spending plans for expanding and updating existing applications.
By Josh Bond, Associate Editor
May 01, 2013

Labor management
There was a definite uptick in the number of LMS installations this year, which correlates to the stated intentions of last year’s respondents to pursue labor management.

LMS implementations were second only to WCS for rapid payback, with a little more than 29% paying themselves off in the first year. Not quite 42% of these systems have been in place for less than five years, and 42% have been upgraded in that time. Approximately 20% of respondents said that they did not have an LMS, but planned to evaluate or implement one in the next two years.

Engineered labor standards (ELS) drew mixed results, with 44% saying they have no plans to evaluate or implement. Thirty percent are now using ELS, and 26% have plans to evaluate standards.

The field was split down the middle is response to a question about incentivizing employee compensation, with 52% of readers reporting they have adopted or plan to adopt an employee payment program tied to productivity improvements.

About the Author

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Josh Bond
Associate Editor

Josh Bond is an associate editor to Modern. Josh was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and contributing editor, has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce.


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