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Does Your Warehouse Make the Grade?

When reviewing your operational performance, grade yourself on how your business rates in the following best practice areas: 1. Receiving Does the receiving clerk keep a receiving log, indicating dock activity for each shipment by date? This log can prove valuable for reference purposes by purchasing, accounting, and in filing claims with carriers and suppliers. […]

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10 Errors That Ruin Process Documents

Process documents are a necessary part of employee training. They help your entry-level employees learn how to get from A to B in your workflow system, and introduce them to your task and software basics. For any type of complex procedure or management systems, process documents are a must. However, this doesn’t mean they’re always […]

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3PL: The Benefits of Third Party Logistics

The speed and efficiency with which your supply chain moves can make or break your company. Inefficiencies add up, costing money unnecessarily. In today’s cutthroat business environment, with consumers focused on value and speed, only the most efficient companies thrive. Many companies find that working with a third party logistics (3PL) provider helps them operate […]

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Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning (BCP), sometimes also called Business Continuity and Resiliency Planning (BCRP), helps a company continue operations under adverse conditions, such as a disaster striking and shutting down the company’s headquarters.  It does this by identifying the core underlying processes of the organization that directly affect its bottom line and finding alternate or back-up […]

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How to Best Manage the Effects of Technology on Our Lives

The first two decades of the 21st century has brought upon all of us an array of very perplexed issues and problems which are, by their own nature, very difficult to manage and resolve to any level of satisfaction: Continuing world financial crises; New technical and scientific developments; Starvation of over 1 billion people across […]

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A Case Study on Innovative Fleet Management, Use QR Codes

What is a QR code? The textbook definition of a QR Code is a two-dimensional bar code created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The “QR” is derived from “Quick Response.” A type of Matrix or Two Dimensional bar-code. Rather than use a linear or laser type reader you use an imager –like the camera […]

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What Is a Chief Content Officer?

According to Wikipedia, “A chief content officer (CCO) is a corporate executive responsible for the digital media creation and multi-channel publication of the organization’s content (text, video, audio, animation, etc.) and is generally the highest ranking creative member of the organization. The Chief Content Officer is responsible for developing the organization’s content strategy, choosing content […]

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Starting a Business? Build a Solid Foundation for Your Supply Chain

So you have started to set up your own business. You know what you want to supply. You know who you want to supply it to. Great. Now, how the heck do you do it without burning wads of (hard to come across) cash? Supply chain and efficient business go hand in hand and have […]

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Sick of Microsoft Project? Manage Your Project in Excel

Project management is not easy.  Keeping track of deadlines, status, risks, issues, and competing priorities is not piece of cake.  There are hundreds of articles and management gurus out there with tips and advice on effective project management.  However, few (that I have seen) provide tools to put the ideas they provide into action. While […]

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Managing in Times of Austerity: 5 Rules of Thumb

There are several terms not so pleasant to our ears that seem to dominate the news lately, terms like sequestration, spending cuts and most of all – austerity. The abundance of these subtractive terms in the media may well mean that they pretty much define the current situation, and we, as Managers, will need to […]

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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Affects the Entire Food Supply Chain

About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a significant public health burden that is largely preventable. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by […]

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Avoid the Mistake of Taking Inventory Accuracy for Granted

Inaccurate inventory leads to loss of sales, poor customer experience, and may indicate a more drastic issue of retail theft.  Inventory Records Accuracy (IRA) is an area most business people take for granted. Daily Cycle Counting and Root Cause Analysis for a goal of 98-100% daily accuracy is critical to all departments in the company: Purchasing, […]

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