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Key to Multichannel Success Is Automation - and the Know-how to Use It

Automation may be the single most important issue for distributors across the country as they tackle the escalating costs associated with multichannel distribution. »


Robotics' New Wave Takes Guesswork Out of Palletizing

Robotics' New Wave Takes Guesswork Out of Palletizing

A neighbor down the street put in a new brick walk last summer. Each brick was identical, which made it easy to stack them alongside each other for a seamless path. If only palletizing were that simple. But as warehouse workers contend with boxes of all shapes and sizes, a one-size-fits-all pallet... »


It's Not Enough to Have a CIO. You Need a Chief Information Security Officer.

It's Not Enough to Have a CIO. You Need a Chief Information Security Officer.

It's past time for all major companies – certainly in the Fortune 500, but the advice carries on down into even medium-sized organizations – to carve out a C-level role focusing solely on security. »


Should You Lease or Buy That New Equipment That You Need?

As the economy continues to improve, more manufacturers are making capital investments to fuel their growth. When business owners and managers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a "lease versus buy" decision. »


Big Calculations: A Solution to Big Data

Big Calculations: A Solution to Big Data

There's no lack of data out there, to help companies balance supply and demand. The problem is what to do with it. Victor Allis, chief executive officer with Quintiq, offers a solution to the management of Big Data: Big Calculations. »


Three Procurement Practices to Maintain Competitiveness, Uphold Brand Reputation in the Rag Trade

The issue of ethical sourcing is a point of contention among procurement and supply chain professionals. The general sentiment is that the balancing act of being globally competitive and remaining a genuine corporate citizen is getting harder and harder. This is especially true for the rag trade.... »


When Should You Pay Your Suppliers - Early on or Only When Payment Is Due?

Is it wise to take advantage of early-payment discounts offered by suppliers? Or should you make other use of your cash until payment is due? There are lots of things to consider. »


Should Even Nuclear Command and Control Go Into the Cloud, Defense CIO Asks

Should Even Nuclear Command and Control Go Into the Cloud, Defense CIO Asks

For all the enthusiasm surrounding the government's move to the cloud - and there's no shortage - one prominent federal CIO is emphatic that cloud computing, for all its virtues, is no panacea for the government's technology challenges. »


How Supply Chain Is Driving Change in Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act is having a huge impact on the healthcare industry. And supply-chain is at the leading edge of the transformation. Vance Moore, vice president of operations with Mercy, talks about how the discipline is helping healthcare providers to adapt. »


Does It Make Sense to Centralize Inventory in a Multichannel World?

The trends favor a centralized inventory under one roof, but the question whether it is the most effective response to the challenges of multichannel distribution persists. »


Managers Need to Know When to Step Out of Way of Computers

The exact moment when computers got better than people at human tasks arrived in 2011, according to data scientist Jeremy Howard, at an otherwise inconsequential machine-learning competition in Germany. »


Is Traditional Wireless Internet Network, Built for Smartphones, Suitable for Internet of Things?

Is Traditional Wireless Internet Network, Built for Smartphones, Suitable for Internet of Things?

There will be over 20 million devices designed to automatically relay information over the internet by 2022, according to Machina Research. For most of these "things," traditional wireless internet networks will be a pretty poor choice. »


Remote-wiping to Guard Against BYOD Breaches Risk Personal Data Loss

Bring-your-own-device has caught on, and for many it's a positive development. Security is a big issue for companies that follow the trend, though, and one way to ensure it is by having remote-wiping capability to invoke under certain sets of circumstances. The trouble is, many of the gadgets in... »


Mature Integrated Business Planning Processes Can Be Difficult to Set Up, But They're Worth It

Integrated business planning is a process that does exactly what its name implies-it brings together fragmented strands of strategic, financial and operational planning and performance management. »


Drones Not Likely to Be Dropping Toothpaste, Pet Food on You Anytime Soon

Everyone, from Amazon to Google to Martha Stewart, has been lauding the benefits we'll all reap by the use of drones, and there’s a gold rush on to cash in on the technology. But beware: The trend has all the hallmarks of a bubble-in-the-making, the contemporary equivalent of that symbol of the... »


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