Machinery can break down in extreme conditions so it only seems natural that employees might have cause to break down as well. As temperatures escalate, comfort tends to take a nosedive, dragging productivity and safety along with it. The introduction of air movement by way of high volume, low speed (HVLS) fans helps combat these adverse conditions.
IBS operates Dynaman, an advanced warehouse management solution and Bookmaster, a leader in ERP...
A recent Forbes report indicates store closings increased by 25% for the first three...
After a successful initial celebration last year, the next Manufacturing Day has been scheduled...
The return of a few companies’ manufacturing is encouraging. But the big question is: To what extent is the United States capable of taking back manufacturing on a significant scale? The challenges are great. From a broad supply chain ecosystem perspective, for example, companies obviously will need to rebuild a supplier network that may have evaporated, along with the disappearance of the manufacturing operations it supported.
As industrial companies move closer to embracing mobility, there is potential temptation to get things done quickly and overlook crucial elements of a deployment until after the app is deployed. However, by addressing these areas early in the planning stage of a deployment, companies can achieve the ROI and long-term value they desire with mobile applications.
What will your company do differently this year? In recent discussions with innovators in the wholesale distribution industry, several forward-looking themes emerged. It’s important to make a distinction between true transformations versus incremental change.
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the fifth consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business. ISM’s New Orders Index registered 52.3 percent in April, an increase of 0.9 percentage point when compared to the March reading of 51.4 percent.
The hybris 2012 State of B2B E-Commerce survey found that the majority of B2B procurement specialists (88%) prefer vendors that offer e-commerce over those who do not. Many buyers, however, indicated that the quality of the B2B e-commerce experience is inferior to that of B2C, limiting its effectiveness.
Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) groups at many companies are facing a major challenge: toxic MRO master catalogs stuffed with incomplete data on replacement parts, a problem that drives up costs and creates large-scale problems for multiple corporate divisions.
Think of a scheduled maintenance and plant shutdown project as spring cleaning on a huge scale. Scheduled maintenance at a plant can mean a wealth of opportunities for a distributor. Check out this infographic for a list of supplies plant operators need to get the spring cleaning job done.
Industrial Distribution had a chance recently to speak with Marisa Betancourt at Infor. Betancourt is the FACTS Product Manager/Senior Business Analyst for the software company, and filled us in on what the FACTS programs was created to do for distributors.
Tompkins explores the main symptoms associated with the current plague of short-term thinking, how companies can begin growing again, and how the “Amazon Cure” and Jeff Bezos’ focus on innovation and investment help create long-term value. It’s time for business leaders to stop cannibalizing their long-term success by focusing on short-term profits.
I think some of the misconceptions are that you have to give control away to transfer ownership. The business owner’s rarely want to give up control. Oftentimes they have a very valuable company that they have worked hard to build and they are scared to transfer it on down.
Industrial Distribution recently had the chance to speak with Joseph Nettemeyer, President & CEO of Valin Corporation, a company that made the 2012 Big 50 Watch List. Joe entered Valin as the company’s second CEO when the founder wished to retire and the semiconductor industry, which had been Valin’s bread and butter, could not sustain the business alone.
Industrial Distribution had a chance to chat with Greg White, Chairman & CEO of Blue Ridge, on how managing inventory is a changing game. Blue Ridge's complete solution includes proven inventory-alignment technology along with an investment-driven approach to support and buyer education—all delivered by a team with first-hand experience as inventory replenishment, supply-chain professionals.
With the slow rebound of economy and 2-3% predicated growth in 2013, more and more businesses look for ways to cut cost and increase productivity. As a result, large manufacturing plants and distribution warehouses are increasingly turning to small electric scooters to shave off miles of unproductive walking time.
More than 70 percent of businesses fail from one generation to the next, and the chances of it failing from second to third generation are in the teens. Those who have it on their radar screen understand that it is important to address this issue.
What started as a 40,000 sq. ft. empty box is now a maze of multilayered conveyors and “mods” where employees sort and pack merchandise for distribution to the various Kohl’s retail stores around the country. Of the nine Kohl’s distribution centers, this Findlay, Ohio location needed a way to help the HVAC system distribute the air throughout the space so the employees on the line were more comfortable.
Because counterfeiting is an illegal act based on the end goal of profiteering through opportunism, many of the counterfeit instances fall into two subtypes: (1) very common, typically lower cost items and (2) very specialized, high cost, hard to get items.
The concerns have emerged because of automatic federal budget cuts that could reduce government funding for research done at educational institutions, spending that totaled about $33.3 billion in 2010, Department of Education statistics show. And the possible cuts add to another anxiety at those schools and others across the country: brain drain.
Thousands of material handling technology enthusiasts braved a frigid Chicago winter in order to attend MHIA’s biennial ProMat expo this past January – enough, in fact, to cause a record number on the show floor Tuesday, as well as a record number of attendees to Tuesday’s keynote by Steve Forbes.
While 95 percent of teens agree that risk-taking is required for innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM — careers, 46 percent say they are afraid to fail or uncomfortable taking risks to solve problems, according to an ASQ survey conducted by Kelton Global. The survey was fielded in January in advance of National Engineers Week Feb. 17–23.
Expanding business in a tough economy isn’t easy, but that’s how Crider makes it look, having just added a 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse to its Stillmore, Ga. facility to accommodate all the new business it’s getting. But before the company could continue expanding in the consumer goods marketplace, it first had to rethink its production and warehouse logistics.