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ISM manufacturing index shows growth but warning signs persist

Posted 08/02 · 12:20 PM · LM Editorial
The Institute of Supply Management reported today manufacturing activity in July was basically flat compared to June.

Panjiva data shows a slight gain in U.S.-bound shipments

Posted 07/20 · 09:26 AM · LM Editorial
The number of global manufacturers shipping to the United States continued in June with a 1 percent gain, according to data from Panjiva, an online search engine with detailed information on global suppliers and manufacturers.

Dematic opens new technology center

Posted 07/19 · 07:35 AM · MMH Editorial
Located in Germany, the new facility features multiple integrated materials handling solutions to demonstrate business critical material flow scenarios.

Automatic data capture: Motorola is keeping track of assets in the supply chain

Posted 07/16 · 01:47 PM · MMH Editorial
Data collection has undergone something of a revolution. I think of it as a dimensional change. Not so long ago, we captured one-dimensional information about a product. A barcode scan at the dock identified the product that arrived and maybe when it arrived. A scan or spoken check digit at a pick face confirmed a pick. But the information didn’t tell much of a story unless you brought it all into one place.

Railroad shipping: CSX kicks off 2Q earnings season with a solid performance

Posted 07/13 · 08:47 AM · LM Editorial
The rebound in market conditions for the freight railroad industry—due to an improving economy—is evident based on second quarter earnings results for Class I railroad carrier CSX.

Voxware launches their Voice Picking Blog

Posted 06/17 · 12:42 PM · MMH Editorial
The Voice Picking Blog will feature regular posts on emerging technology for voice directed picking; trends and insights regarding voice picking system selection, implementation, and integration; and commentary on timely topics and industry news.

Logistics technology: ARC says SaaS sales helped overall TMS market growth

Posted 05/25 · 08:38 AM · LM Editorial
While the effects of the global recession took its toll on enterprise software markets to a large degree in the form of a double-digit revenue reduction, it does not appear that damage to the Transportation Management System (TMS) market was nearly as severe, according to research from ARC Advisory Group.

Are you a Sophisticated Practitioner?

Posted 05/21 · 01:46 PM · SCMR Editorial
Conventional wisdom is that most companies today, particularly the larger ones, have adopted the practices associated with sound supply chain management. But that may not always be the case. New research reveals a clear gap between adopters and the laggards—or the “sophisticated” and “less sophisticated” practitioners. This article explains what differentiates the two groups on key dimensions, and tells what you can do enhance your level of sophistication.

Transportation in the ?fuel-challenged century

Posted 05/19 · 09:04 AM · LM Editorial
Business prospects are improving. However, companies are still under terrific pressure to hold down costs. Many have done an admirable job, but continue to be daunted by one of our time’s most-vexing cost-management challenges: wildly fluctuating oil prices.

What Makes a Winning S&OP Program?

Posted 05/07 · 01:16 PM · SCMR Editorial
Although sales and operations planning (S&OP) has been practiced for several decades now, many companies still struggle to succeed with their programs. A big part of the problem is that the requisite building blocks to success are either faulty or lacking. The five success principles described here can get an S&OP program on the right track and delivering the kind of results expected.

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