Manufacturing and Distribution Product Traceability

Traceability within Distribution and Manufacturing is the ability to identify various product issues that may arise during business operations.   These product issues can range from product contamination (example: food recalls) to product labeling or packaging … Read more


According to this article on Industry Week, U.S. manufacturing experienced its 14th straight month of growth in September but continues to move at a slow pace, according to the Institute of Supply Management. The institute’s manufacturing index declined from 56.3 … Read more


Consolidations–Business Intelligence for Success

For companies involved in any stage of consolidation activity, a business intelligence application can be an exceptional tool for understanding the individual companies as well as the effect of the combination. BI can aid significantly in performing due diligence, company valuation, negotiation, and post-consolidation integration analysis, implementation, and reporting.

U.S. manufacturing may become less competitive over the next five years because of decreased access to talent, according to the 2010 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index.  Access to talented workers capable of supporting innovation is the key factor driving global competitiveness … Read more


Mobility Solutions Trending in Industrial Operations

Smartphone, iPad, netbook, Kindle, Cius.  We are in the midst of an explosion of smart mobile IT devices.  What will it mean for industrial operations?   Undoubtedly influenced by the success of Apple’s iPhone in capturing the public imagination – “There’s … Read more


Becoming Lean is Distribution; Essential in Today’s Economy

Becoming lean in distribution is more important than ever in today’s challenging economic market. Applying lean concepts makes sense because becoming lean means becoming a more effective distributor. Becoming lean will ultimately lead to higher profitability.

So what are lean … Read more


According to this article, Since 2005, the Supply Chain Management (SCM) market (including Supply Chain Execution —production, warehouse, and transportation management — as well as Supply Chain Planning — strategic, manufacturing, and inventory planning) has grown at a 7 percent … Read more


Distributors serving the Gulf Coast oil and fishing industries have been hit hard by the oil spill this summer. Some of us dealt with immediate consequences while others worry about the trickledown effect now and into the months ahead. This … Read more


Everyone Looks at KPIs, or Do They?

The concept of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) has been around for more than a decade, going back at least to Kaplan and Norton’s The Balanced Scorecard published in 1996.  So by now, everyone knows what KPIs are and how to … Read more


Why Does the Wholesale Distribution Industry Grow Faster than the Rest?

According to the National Association of Wholesale Distributors, the wholesale distribution industry continues to grow faster than the overall U.S. economy during the recent economic expansion. In 2007, revenues of wholesaler-distributors increased 3.7 percentage points more than U.S. Gross Domestic … Read more





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