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Shipping Giants Learn From 2013 Holiday Blunders

November 21, 2014 12:01 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

This year, nearly 3.5 million more Americans are expected to join those already shopping online. That's putting more pressure on the nation's delivery services, and they're trying to avoid last year's debacle.

Westfalia Technologies Wins Green Supply Chain Award

November 13, 2014 3:58 pm | by Westfalia Technologies | News | Comments

Westfalia was selected for helping clients “...

What Is Your Strategy For Speed? Part 3: Distribution Center

November 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by Helgi Thor Leja, Industrial Distribution Leader, and Kim Zminkowski, Marketing Manager at Fortna Inc. | Articles | Comments

To speed up fulfillment, you may actually have to...

Lawson Products Takes Business To The Next Level

November 6, 2014 1:11 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Chicago-based Lawson Products has growth on the brain, and a clear path to get there.  ...

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What Is Your Strategy For Speed? Part 2: Distribution

October 22, 2014 12:47 pm | by Helgi Thor Leja, Industrial Distribution Leader, and Kim Zminkowski, Marketing Manager at Fortna Inc. | Articles | Comments

You want to look for ways to squeeze time out of the distribution process, but don't want to lose that time to a transportation or inventory strategy that is misaligned along the same goals.                 

Reducing Ownership Costs For Material Handling Equipment

October 20, 2014 5:17 pm | by Jeffrey Cohen, IBISWorld business research analyst | Articles | Comments

Maintaining equipment and training employees to operate it could spell substantial extra costs for buyers.                                         

Using Automation To Leverage Existing Assets & Accommodate Growth

October 16, 2014 12:09 pm | by Gary Frank, VP of Automated Systems at Westfalia Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Instead of opting for expensive new construction, you may be overlooking the most practical solution — your existing facility. All you need is the right type of automation.                       

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W&H Systems Announces Professional Services Group

October 14, 2014 5:25 pm | by W&H Systems | News | Comments

The Professional Services Group brings together existing technical support, parts, maintenance services, allied products, and post-sales support functions under one umbrella.                     

Wesco Aircraft Solves SKU-Picking Challenges With Portable Printer

October 13, 2014 5:01 pm | by ADC Technologies | Articles | Comments

The MP Compact4 Mark II met Wesco's challenge of identifying and incorporating the most reliable and efficient printing equipment for its picking, packing, and labeling applications.                

Extended LEAN Supply Chain Best Practices

October 10, 2014 2:26 pm | by Eric Lail | Articles | Comments

In a LEAN culture, every step in the process must add value for the customer. If it doesn’t add value, companies should strive to minimize or eliminate it.                           

When Do Work Shifts Really End?

October 9, 2014 3:50 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the Supreme Court weighs arguments on when the working day ends for Amazon.com warehouse workers, it stirs the question of what exactly employees should be paid for.                       

Supreme Court To Hear Amazon Warehouse Security Checks Dispute

October 8, 2014 10:20 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some warehouse workers who fill orders for Amazon.com customers say they spend up to 25 minutes after every shift waiting to pass through security checks to make sure they aren't stealing from the online retailer. But they don't get paid for the extra time.

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Wynright Adds New Pick To Light Solution To Support Omni-Channel, E-Commerce

October 7, 2014 10:02 am | by Wynright | News | Comments

The new CAPS Next – A004 pick to light solution is built to support omni-channel, eCommerce, retail, manufacturing, and goods-to-persons order fulfillment.                           

Circle Distributing Chooses Epicor Vision Automotive Aftermarket Parts Distribution Software

October 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Epicor | News | Comments

Circle Distributing has operated its warehouse and three stores using Epicor Prism™ software since 2000.                                         

IDEA Announces Expansion To Industry Data Warehouse Standard

October 2, 2014 3:37 pm | by Industry Data Exchange Association | News | Comments

IDEA and its board of directors have mandated set of critical data fields necessary for distributors to conduct business.                                     

Wynright, KNAPP Reach Agreement For Semi-Automatic Picking, Storage Systems

September 30, 2014 3:38 pm | by Wynright | News | Comments

OSR Shuttle provides space-effective storage for different load carriers, efficient picking, error-free buffering and sequencing, and reliable replenishment of flow racks.                       

Westfalia Technologies Introduces New Conveyor Standardizations

September 30, 2014 1:02 pm | by Westfalia | News | Comments

Westfalia’s conveyor solutions are manufactured to be maintenance-friendly, durable, reliable, and customizable as required by the customer’s application.                           

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Warehouse Automation: Risk And Reward

September 29, 2014 3:22 pm | by Luke Atkinson Foley and Steve Phillabaum, The Graham Company | Articles | Comments

Before taking the plunge, make sure you’re aware of the risks and rewards of warehouse automation.                                           

Going High-Tech To Stop Counterfeit Industrial Parts

September 26, 2014 4:50 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Could DNA marking be the solution to prevent counterfeit industrial parts from hitting the supply chain?                                         

UPS May Be Changing The Supply Chain World

September 25, 2014 2:14 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

UPS' Worldport facility in Louisville, KY is not just a massive (and efficient) mailroom, it is a wonder of contemporary automation.                                 

Paper And Packaging Prices On The Rise

September 24, 2014 1:06 pm | by IBISWorld | News | Comments

IBISWorld anticipates rising prices for wood pulp and paper will flow on to a number of paper-based packaging products and services.                                 

Grainger's Minooka DC LEEDing By Example

September 23, 2014 4:31 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

This Grainger DC is the world’s largest platinum LEED commercial facility, but that’s not all it has to offer.                                        

Reduce Lift Truck Damage To Pallet Rack And Plant

September 23, 2014 10:29 am | by Steel King | Articles | Comments

Pre-engineered industrial guard railing systems can increase safety and decrease costs.                                               

Avnet's Global Solutions Center A Model Of Efficiency And Sustainability

September 11, 2014 1:13 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associated Editor | Articles | Comments

Some distribution centers pride themselves on how much they recycle. Others can boast about their timeliness, or their relatively low power need. Avnet has excelled in all those areas and then some.               

U.S. Wholesale Sales Rise 0.7 Percent, Stockpiles Up 0.1

September 10, 2014 1:21 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Wholesaler's revenue increase of 0.4 percent from June matched the gain from this past May, while the inventory increase was the smallest gain since July 2013.                         

Top Distractions in the Warehouse: 10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Them

August 28, 2014 12:23 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist at Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve the safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.                     

Three Keys To Great Warehouse Management

August 27, 2014 3:53 pm | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity | Articles | Comments

Why the strong drive to automation? In part, it’s because the technology provides unprecedented command visibility that creates efficiencies that were impossible before.                       

4 Factors Driving The Emergence Of Digital Manufacturing

August 21, 2014 9:52 am | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Blogs | Comments

With the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to make production decisions on the spot by leveraging the latest supply chain information at their fingertips.             

U.S. Wholesale Inventories Rise 0.3 Percent In June

August 8, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they anticipate slower growth ahead.                               

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