How does the procurement department rate within your business enterprise?  If your sales teams are by-passing procurement to get what they need from other managers, then you may be short-changing your profitability.  Procurement could be one line of defense against Read more

 

You  invest to add to your inventory at the distribution center, but what does it really cost when it sits around the warehouse waiting to get packed and shipped to a customer?  Connecting your accounting system with inventory control could Read more

 

A big warehouse, or multiple warehouse and distribution facilities, likely means that you have volumes of boxes coming and going at all times of the day or night.  Keeping tabs on incoming inventory and outgoing products can be challenging.  In Read more

 

There are a lot of key metrics that indicate whether you have a healthy business, including an evaluation of sales data.  However, you need to go deeper into your financial figures to see if those sales are generating profits.  There Read more

 

Do you happen to know how many SKUs you managed last year or how many you are tracking this year?  According to a study by Motorola Solutions discussed in “Supply Chain News: Where are Warehouses and Distribution Centers Headed? Read more

 

Most people aren’t familiar with how food gets to the kitchen table unless they are in the food and beverage industry.  Food and beverage distributors and manufacturers have a lot of regulations to comply with, including lot traceability.  The ability Read more

 

The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center or TMAC is hosting the following event on September 18, 2013 in Arlington Texas.

The Supply Chain Optimization Initiative is based on establishing a comprehensive view of the Supply Chain and improving the visibility and … Read more

 

I get invited to a lot of webinars – but some of them really grab my attention. I think this webinar would be a great session for all distribution companies to attend. Especially because it will highlight best practices in … Read more

 

I recently reviewed the McGladrey Distribution Monitor Report for 2013 and I was not surprised to see that 50% of the 379 participants in this study use some type of cloud computing for systems or applications.   The most common use … Read more

 

Appolis_1It can be difficult to maintain real-time inventory counts when inventory leaves the warehouse with field technicians.  Parts can be consumed at a customer’s site, damaged in transit or on location, returned, or transferred to other technicians or warehouses.  Monitoring Read more

 

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