Performance and Event Management: Let Key Supply Chain Data Points Guide Your Tracking
In today's marketplace, more and more WMS and solution set providers are weaving performance and event management tools into their applications. The market is also seeing the emergence of major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and financial software providers looking to sell stand-alone toolsets.
One thing is certain--the market for these tools is starting to heat up as companies realize the need to react to changes in their supply chains. Most tools are becoming quite robust in being able to manage exceptions in the supply chain. It should be noted, though, that a tool is only as good as the operator and the data being tracked. And without a detailed plan of what you want to track and report, a software tool is no better than tracking events with paper and pencil.
Too many times we have seen companies believe all the sales hype and implement applications thinking they can run on autopilot. As anyone who has been through it knows...
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GENCO Creates a Better View for Warehouse Productivity
An optical technology developed by GENCO Supply Chain Solutions and Sky-Trax improves worker accuracy and productivity by eliminating errors and simplifying tasks. GENCO and its partner were named runners-up for the 2008 Supply Chain Innovation Award.
Warehousing operations and productivity have gotten significantly better over the past decade thanks to sophisticated WMS software, material handling systems, scanning devices, voice recognition and other technologies. But for GENCO Supply Chain Solutions, one of the largest third-party logistics providers in North America, current warehouse technologies and processes are still too error-prone, time consuming and labor intensive.
"Manually entered data provides the opportunity for inaccuracies," says Cary Cameron, senior vice president, strategic processes and technologies, at the Pittsburgh-based company. "When an operator has to reach for an RF device to scan or manually enter in location and pallet information, they are losing productivity. We wanted a solution that allows the operator to simply drive product to and from locations--a solution where we didn't have to rely on the operators to assign locations."
GENCO Supply Chain Solutions manages more than 125 operations and 37 million square feet of warehouse space throughout North America for a diverse range of...
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Honeywell Puts Windows Mobile 6 on Dolphin 7600 Mobile Computer
The Windows Mobile 6 Standard operating system is now available on the Dolphin 7600 mobile computer from Honeywell. The software offers integration with a number of other Microsoft applications, including Office, Internet Explorer Mobile, Exchange and Outlook, and SQL Server. Upgrades and enhancements to the OS are present in storage, secure communications and remote access, Honeywell said. The vendor's flashlight-sized Dolphin 7600 features...
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Avery Dennison Introduces Stamp-Sized, Item-Level RFID Tag Inlay
Avery Dennison RFID has introduced the AD-805 RFID (radio frequency identification) tag inlay. Approximately the size of a postage stamp, the device is especially suitable for tagging small items in densely packed retail and healthcare environments, according to the vendor. The tag's "edge-on" reading capability makes it ideal for plastic or cardboard blister packs, Avery Dennison claimed. Edge-on reading can be difficult because the narrowest portion of the tag is facing the reader. In certain applications, the AD-805's read range is enhanced when...
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UPM Raflatac Now Promising 48-Hour Delivery of RFID Products
UPM Raflatac is now promising to ship a wide variety of its radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays to customers within 48 hours of ordering. The selection consists of both HF and UHF products, the vendor said. As a result, it added, customers can reduce the amount of capital invested in storing...
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Manhattan Associates Integrates Distributed Order Management With WebSphere Commerce From IBM
The Distributed Order Management (DOM) application from Manhattan Associates, Inc. will now feature certified integration with the WebSphere Commerce tool from IBM. Part of Manhattan's Order Lifecycle Management suite within the SCOPE portfolio, DOM allows for the filling of orders from multiple inventory channels. It also enables the buying of products online with pickup in stores, the shipping of online orders from stores, and the orchestrating of vendor-drop shipments. According to Manhattan, the integration with WebSphere Commerce gives retailers...
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