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Calculating SC Carbon Footprint

Calculating SC Carbon Footprint Growing numbers of supply chain managers are looking for ways to determine which shipping routes and modes of transportation have the lowest carbon footprint. New software packages calculate carbon emissions that result from a particular shipment and present options for reducing those emissions. Typical inputs are weight, mode of transport, origin, and destination. Are you concerned about carbon footprint in your supply chain? Have you found or developed any useful tools for calculating emissions?

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Interested in Winning a New Forklift?

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks

Interested in Winning a New Forklift?

Nothing can replace your "classic." But, what if you won a new one?

We're searching for the oldest Mitsubishi forklift truck in operation. The winner will be rewarded with a new FGC15N-FGC33N forklift truck, and nine random contestants will win free planned maintenance for a year.

Learn more at www.mit-lift.com/KeepsOnRunning.

Productivity Enhancing Solutions from
Psion Teklogix

Psion Teklogix Inc.

Productivity Enhancing Solutions from Psion Teklogix

Need to increase the speed and accuracy of your supply chain operations?

Then talk to Psion Teklogix. For over four decades, Psion Teklogix has delivered productivity-enhancing solutions with thousands of successful installations in industry-leading companies around the world. Visit us here to view our GlobalSpec page.

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Technology Drives Successful S&OP

Technology Drives Successful S&OP Technology is one of the drivers behind successful Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). For example, a successful demand-side pre-S&OP meeting requires the ability to collect sales and marketing data, develop demand forecasts, and arrive at demand consensus. Ultimately, success requires the ability to monitor progress against the plan, using indicators such as forecast accuracy, profitability, and revenue variance.

ID Printers are Fast, Versatile

ID Printers are Fast, Versatile A new family of thermal printers offers a wide range of options and capabilities, including both direct thermal and direct thermal/thermal transfer versions. Communications options include 802.11, Bluetooth wireless, and 10/100 Ethernet. Print speeds of 6 in. per second will boost productivity for all labeling applications.

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Automation Helps Build Custom Orders

Automation Helps Build Custom Orders A case history describes how a motorcycle manufacturer builds custom orders. As orders come in, materials began to flow through several manufacturing and development facilities and a major distribution center. An automated picking system keeps production lines running at a steady pace. A major challenge is minimizing inventories while shipping more than 700,000 parts per week.

Out with the Old

Out with the Old A case history describes how a major truck manufacturer replaced the kanban cards in its warehouse inventory management system with radio frequency identification technology. Bar codes had served as an interim solution, but only with RFID did the company gain both efficiency and real-time data on inventory status.

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Series Acceleration Recorders — SnapShock Plus
Instrumented Sensor Technology

Series Acceleration Recorders - SnapShock Plus The SnapShock Plus (SSP) series data recorders are compact, battery-powered acceleration event recorders. The new generation devices offer several improved capabilities over the standard Snap Shock model. View more products...

Inventory Management Software

Sulzer Engineering, LLC

Inventory Management Software Get a handle on your inventory and keep costly items to a minimum. Track inventory consumption and analyze potential problems. Detailed purchase order histories enable you to track vendor and cost information. Time and Job uses barcodes to assure 100% accuracy when removing items from inventory.

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ERP, Barcodes Team Up

ERP, Barcodes Team Up A pharmaceutical wholesaler is using an automated barcode system integrated with enterprise resource planning software to improve productivity. The system is helping the company to comply with FDA regulations that came into play as it expanded its business. The company tracks where pharmaceuticals come from, who they are sold to, and in what quantities.

Multi-Plant Manufacturing

Multi-Plant Manufacturing A Webinar discusses the challenges of multi-plant manufacturing from the perspective of planning software. Global manufacturing operations typically run a number of production facilities and those facilities typically use sophisticated software packages to keep things running smoothly. But making sure that all plants work together to meet corporate-wide goals requires links to higher level software systems such as Enterprise Resource Planning packages. Registration is required.

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Best-in-Class Logistics

Best-in-Class Logistics Two big factors influenced the way a major high-tech manufacturer revamped its logistics operations — inaccurate forecasting of demand and a sense that logistics activities could be viewed in a different way. These factors led the company to adopt the same "best-in-class" approach for logistics that it uses for purchasing, including the use of Dynamic Bid Events.

Software Cuts Transportation Costs

Software Cuts Transportation Costs Transportation software is helping a food manufacturer to improve its outbound transportation operations. The results have been decreased freight costs and improved on-time performance. The software includes a module that helps to locate additional carriers in cases where the normal carriers are at capacity.

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ISM Introduces the CPSM
Institute for Supply Management (ISM)

ISM Introduces the CPSM

Institute for Supply Management™ announces the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) — a new qualification that supply management professionals are already striving to obtain. Relevant internationally, the CPSM reflects the expanded education, skills, and experience needed to be a successful supply management professional.

For more information, visit www.ism.ws.

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Learn to Green the Supply Chain

Learn to Green the Supply Chain A series of five on-demand Webinars will cover a variety of sustainable supply chain topics. The selection includes green logistics, a practical guide to reducing your carbon footprint, best practices in green supply chain management, technology's role in greening the supply chain, and how third-party logistics providers can help in the process. Registration is required.

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Lending a Hand

Lending a Hand Talk about handy devices — scientists are developing a tiny gripper that acts like a hand and can grasp tissue or cell samples. One application for the nanotech device is to help doctors to carry out minimally invasive surgery. Based on a chemical trigger, the tiny hand wraps its "fingers" around an object. A magnet can be used to move the device around. Ultimately the researchers hope to develop surgical tools that move about freely inside the body.

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About This Month's Topic... Finding the Weakest Links

Some supply chain professionals say the weakest link is at the data collection level, others say strategy is the shortcoming. Where is the weakest link in your supply chain management approach?


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Past Issues of this eNewsletter
Volume 6 - Issue 10 - 10/22/2010
Vacuum Sealing Machines; Your Link to a Better-managed Supply Chain; Kennedy Series Butcher Block Workbenches; Neckbands and Preforms Serve as Security Seals;
Volume 6 - Issue 9 - 09/24/2010
MainBoss CMMS; Industrial and Equipment Rigging Services; Experts in All Kinds of Industrial Packaging; Your Link to a Better - managed Supply Chain; DataMan 7500 Series - The Industry Standard; Online Master of Science in Engineering Management;
Volume 6 - Issue 8 - 08/27/2010
Vacuum Sealing Machines; Your Link to a Better-managed Supply Chain; Industrial Warehouse Pallet Racks and Shelving; Manufacturing Your Products Efficiently and Reliably; Kennedy Series Butcher Block Workbenches; Value Added Services;
Volume 6 - Issue 7 - 07/23/2010
Commitment to Enhanced ERP Technology; DataMan 7500 Series - The Industry Standard; Your Link to a Better-managed Supply Chain; Neckbands and Preforms Serve as Security Seals; Industrial and Equipment Rigging Services; Green Your Supply Chain with Material Disclosure Software;
Volume 6 - Issue 6 - 06/25/2010
Experts in All Kinds of Industrial Packaging; Series 60 Palletizer; Your Link to a Better-managed Supply Chain; Vacuum Sealing Machines; Consignment and Custom Stocking Programs; Consignment Warehousing;
Volume 6 - Issue 5 - 05/28/2010
Customized Flexible Logistics; Your Link to a Better-managed Supply Chain; Supply Chain Management Program; Manufacturing Your Products Efficiently and Reliably; USAR Medical Mobility Shipping Case;
Volume 6 - Issue 4 - 04/23/2010
Flexible Metal-mount RFID Tags; Consignment and Custom Stocking Programs; Consignment Warehousing; Value Added Services
Volume 6 - Issue 3 - 03/26/2010
Visibility into Supplier Ingredients - for REACH, RoHS, WEEE; Laser System Integration and Support Services; Energy-efficient Ultra Low Loss Transformer; Customized Flexible Logistics; Online Master of Science in Engineering Management
Volume 6 - Issue 2 - 02/26/2010
Down to Component, Part, and Chemical Levels; Inventory Control for QuickBooks; Flexible Metal-mount RFID Tags; Fixed Length Security Seal; MainBoss CMMS
Volume 6 - Issue 1 - 01/22/2010
Logistics Services; Applications Improve Business Processes; Overhead Trolleys; Leading To-order Product Configuration Software; Value Level Handheld Barcode Readers
Volume 5 - Issue 12 - 12/28/2009
Value Added Services; Integration Solutions; A Better Pallet Lease for a Better Pallet; Supply Chain Management Program; Supply Chain Orders; Consignment and Custom Stocking Programs; Manufacturing Your Products Efficiently and Reliably
Volume 5 - Issue 11 - 11/30/2009
How Simulation Can Save You 10% Non-Material Costs; Supply Chain Solutions for Assembly and Off-shore Mfg Needs; Leading To-order Product Configuration Software; Project Management Software; Robotic Palletizers and Vision Systems; Business Consulting Services; TeviTag - Fixed Length Security Seal
Volume 5 - Issue 10 - 10/23/2009
How Simulation Can Save You 10% Non-material Costs; Supply Chain Solutions for Assembly and Off-shore Mfg Needs; Flying Trailer, Towed by Planes/Helicopters, Lands Itself; Supply Chain Training; Expand Your Data Center or Control Room; Supply Chain Management Program; Supply Chain Orders; Quick-Turn Inventory Management Solutions
Volume 5 - Issue 9 - 09/25/2009
Report: Five Myths Every Discrete Manufacturer Should Know about MES Software; Manufacturing Your Products Efficiently and Reliably; Value Added Services; Project Management Software; Tired of Recieving Damaged Product?; TeviTag - Fixed Length Security Seal
Volume 5 - Issue 8 - 08/28/2009
Horizontal Carousels for Pick and Pack Enviroment; Now Bring Simulation In-house to Support Decision Making; Advanced Study Program; Supply Chain Management Program; Supply Chain Orders; Customized Flexible Logistics; Learn About Contract Management Careers
Volume 5 - Issue 7 - 07/24/2009
Increase Productivity with Teamcenter; Ceiling-mounted Workstation Bridge Cranes; SCOR Model Certification Testing Scheduled Globally; Manufacturing Your Products Efficiently and Reliably; Project Management Software; Powerware 5115 UPS w/Network Management Software; Fleet Management Solutions
Volume 5 - Issue 6 - 06/26/2009
Lean Engineering and Supply Chain Management; Value Added Services; Supply Chain Orders; AnyPosition (Taiwan); SCOR Model Two-day Classes Scheduled Globally; Bar Code Control Box; Take Control of Your ERP Again
Volume 5 - Issue 5 - 05/22/2009
Key Practices for Improving Supply Chain Intelligence; Timesaving Services; Maximize your Return on Mobility; RoughDeck Rough-n-Ready Floor Scale System; Customized Flexible Logistics; Quick-Turn Inventory Management Solutions
Volume 5 - Issue 4 - 04/24/2009
Maximize your Return on Mobility; Label Magnet Products Save Time and Money; Optimizing Your Supply Chain with ERP; Fixed Length Security Seal; Ball End Flat Metal Truck Seal; Supply Chain Management and Inventory Optimization; Supply Chain Management Program; Manage Your Supply Chain Better with Intuitive ERP
Volume 5 - Issue 3 - 03/27/2009
Fall Protection System Track Designs; Consignment Warehousing; Protect People and Product; Consignment and Custom Stocking Programs; Series Acceleration Recorders - SnapShock Plus; Turntable
Volume 5 - Issue 2 - 02/27/2009
Top Pressures Driving Green Product Development; Tandem Dollies; OnSpeX Inspection and Audit; Material Handling Conveyors; Deacom Launches ERP Training Program; Security/Tamper Evident Labels
Volume 5 - Issue 1 - 01/23/2009
Label Magnet Products Save Time and Money; Sub-Miniature Data Bus Coupler; Chain Hoists; Engineered Solutions for Existing Cranes
Volume 4 - Issue 12 - 12/26/2008
Series Acceleration Recorders - SnapShock Plus; Turntable; Ball End Flat Metal Truck Seal; Warehouse Management Software; Consignment Warehousing; Consignment and Custom Stocking Programs; Lean Times Call for Lean Six Sigma Certification Online
Volume 4 - Issue 11 - 11/26/2008
Taking Warehouse Management Systems to the Next Level: 5 Key Questions; A Few Links Short of a Perfect Supply Chain?; Deacom Launches ERP Training Program; TeviTag - Fixed Length Security Seal; ISM Introduces the CPSM; Tandem Dollies
Volume 4 - Issue 10 - 10/24/2008
Factor in Sustainability Criteria and Lessen Impact of Market Volatility; Sub-Miniature Data Bus Coupler; Chain Hoists; ISM Introduces the CPSM; Engineered Solutions for Existing Cranes
Volume 4 - Issue 9 - 09/26/2008
Interested in Winning a New Forklift?; Productivity Enhancing Solutions from Psion Teklogix; Series Acceleration Recorders - SnapShock Plus; Inventory Management Software; ISM Introduces the CPSM; Turntable
Volume 4 - Issue 8 - 08/22/2008
Taking Warehouse Management Systems to the Next Level: 5 Key Questions; RFID Tags and Labels; Security/Tamper Evident Labels; TeviTag - Fixed Length Security Seal; Ball End Flat Metal Truck Seal; Warehousing and Distribution Services
Volume 4 - Issue 7 - 07/25/2008
Productivity Enhancing Solutions; Customized Flexible Logistics; Warehousing and Distribution; Warehousing and Distribution Services; Lean Engineering & Supply Chain Management; Distribution Services
Volume 4 - Issue 6 - 06/27/2008
Complimentary Change Management Product Demo; Integrate Your Suppliers into Lean; Integration Solutions; Timesaving Services; Portable Loading Dock; RoughDeck Rough-n-Ready Floor Scale System; ERP Software; Custom Logistics Services
Volume 4 - Issue 5 - 05/23/2008
The Top 5 Pressures Driving the Green Supply Chain; Webinar: The New Rules of Supply Chain Management; Complimentary Manufacturing Outsourcing Kit; Visible Inventory; Supply Chain Management RFID SIMATIC RF600; AGV - Automated Guided Vehicles Systems
Volume 4 - Issue 4 - 04/25/2008
Get Ahead with Teamcenter Express ; Business Software for Food Manufacturing; Manufacturing Software; S2K Enterprise for Manufacturing Software; INTERAL Procurement
Volume 4 - Issue 3 - 03/28/2008
Innovative Print Solutions; Improve the Performance of Your Warehouse; Integrate Your Suppliers into Lean; Security Labels; INFORMS 2008 Practice Meeting; Improve Your Business Process Instructions; Storage Solutions; Tag Programming and Consultation
Volume 4 - Issue 2 - 02/22/2008
Protective Packaging and Fabrication, Medical Packaging; INFORMS 2008 Practice Meeting; Arena PLM™ Enterprise Edition; Warehouse Management Software; SmartMark™ Provides Complete Supply Chain Visibility; Quick-Turn™ Inventory Management Solutions
Volume 4 - Issue 1 - 01/25/2008
ERP Software, The ABLE Data Collector, INTERAL Procurement, Supply Chain Management and Inventory Optimization, Supply Chain Management RFID — SIMATIC® RF600, Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism
Volume 3 - Issue 12 - 12/28/2007
ERP Software, How ERP Supports LEAN!, Business Software for Food Manufacturing, TRUCK WEIGH Scale Management Software, Manufacturing Software, S2K Enterprise for Manufacturing Software
Volume 3 - Issue 11 - 11/26/2007
Sustaining Lean Manufacturing Webinar for Leaders, How ERP Supports LEAN!, Running a Lean Supply Chain, Engineering Services, How Well Do You Know Your Vendor?, Transfer Large Files with Ease, Take Back Control of Your Shop Floor, Cellotape is Ready for the Future of RFID, A Better Job Search by Design
Volume 3 - Issue 10 - 10/26/2007
Lean for Office Processes, Running a Lean Supply Chain, Specialty Legal Software, Star Micronics TSP800 Printer Certified by TALtech, Case Study: Surgical Device, Warehouse and Distribution Services, A Better Job Search by Design
Volume 3 - Issue 9 - 09/28/2007
Enabling the Next Generation 3PL, DirectLine CMMS Service, VAI's S2K is a Winner for Joshen Paper, Standardized Work Instruction Sheets, e-Commerce Solutions
Volume 3 - Issue 8 - 08/24/2007
Simplify Asset Tracking Globally at RFID Boston, MRO Optimization — Best Practices, Wireless Asset Management, Explorer Warrior Series Waterproof Cases, Automated Guided Vehicles Systems
Volume 3 - Issue 7 - 07/27/2007
A Moving Experience for your Employees, The Ultimate Work Positioner, The Fastest Single Station Thermal Printer, Supply Chain Management Solutions, Accu-Scale 220
Volume 3 - Issue 6 - 06/22/2007
Reduce the Cost of Generating Your Electronic Parts Catalog, View Supplier Quality Data in Real-time, Customer Care, OCR Barcode Imaging Software, Supplier Quality Insight, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software, Factory Automation
Volume 3 - Issue 5 - 05/25/2007
Integrated Accounting and ERP Software for Manufacturers, PDF Solutions Designed for CAD Users, Custom Printed Personalized Notebook Covers, WorkNC CAM/CAD Software, COSMOSXpress Now
Volume 3 - Issue 4 - 04/27/2007
3D Simulation Software, Corporate Kits and LLC Kits, Interoperability & 3D Collaboration Conference, DataMan 7500 Series Software 2.1 Installer, PS-Draft
Volume 3 - Issue 3 - 03/23/2007
Supplier Quality Data in Real-Time, MRO Optimization, CAD/CAM/CAE Software, Supply Chain Management Solutions, Industrial Grade Notebook Computer, Type S Export Packaging, Standards Testing and Methods Evaluation
Volume 3 - Issue 2 - 02/23/2007
Seven Spindle Turnkey System, Data Acquisition and Control System, Solutions for Dynamic Packaging Environments, UL/CSA Certified Labels
Volume 3 - Issue 1 - 01/26/2007
Visible Inventory, Illustrated Parts Catalogs, RFID, Label And Documentation Experts, QuickBuilder Automation Software
Volume 2 - Issue 12 - 12/22/2006
Solving Product Development Challenges, Product Performance Intelligence, CRM Software, Portable Cranes, Warehousing and Distribution Services, Marketing Content Management and Distribution
Volume 2 - Issue 11 - 11/27/2006
Document Management Solutions, Laser Marker, Flash Memory, Marketing and Public Relations Assistance, Information Management, Steel Cord Sensor System, Compact Filter Module, Customized Equipment and Supply Ordering
Volume 2 - Issue 10 - 10/27/2006
Green Building, Monitoring Systems, Distributing (M)SDSs, Single Board Computer, Reflowable Microphone, Data Loggers
Volume 2 - Issue 9 - 09/22/2006
New Product Introduction Support Services, Enterprise Intelligence, Enterprise Services, RFID I/O Controller Kits, Service Level Management Applications, Logistics Services
Volume 2 - Issue 8 - 08/25/2006
Industrial Keyboards; Labeling Systems and Supplies; Automatic Color Register Control System; Mobile Printer; Mini Automation Nosepiece; Marketing Content Management Software
Volume 2 - Issue 7 - 07/28/2006
Strategic Supply Chain Consulting, Information-Sharing Software, Supply Chain Inventory Management Tools, Label and Documentation, Integration of RFID in Supply Chain Processes, Technical Support Services Available, Reliable Tower Server High Security Bolt Seal
Volume 2 - Issue 6 - 06/23/2006
Strategic Supply Chain Consulting, Information-Sharing Software, Supply Chain Inventory Management Tools, Label and Documentation, Integration of RFID in Supply Chain Processes, Technical Support Services Available
Volume 2 - Issue 5 - 05/26/2006
Pictorial-Based Manufacturing Work Instructions, Centralized Electronic Library System, Alarm Management System, Automatic Feature Recognition Technology, Plastics ERP, Technical Publications Software and Tools
Volume 2 - Issue 4 - 04/28/2006
CAD Data Exchange Conference, Portable Data Acquisition Instrument, Smart Phone Reference Platform, RFID Tags & Smart Labels, An Integrated Database for Publishers, Green Building Design
Volume 2 - Issue 3 - 03/24/2006
Transportation Management Solutions, RAPID 2006, Seven Spindle Turnkey System, Cost-Effective Bar Code Solution, Communications Servers, Conveyor Bagging System
Volume 2 - Issue 2 - 02/24/2006
Overseas Consulting Partnership, Manufacturing Process Management, Software Development and Communications Services, Supply Chain Solutions, Manufacturing Process Solutions, Communications Servers, Supply Chain and Revenue Management Solutions, ERP Solutions, Lean Product Development, Manufacturing Process Management
Volume 2 - Issue 1 - 01/27/2006
ERP Solutions, Marketing Content Management, CAD Publisher, Authoring Solutions, Integrated Publishing Software and Business Solutions, Double Scissor Lift Table
Volume 1 - Issue 1 - 12/29/2005
Real Time Applications, Faster Technical Documents, Web Based Collaboration Platform, Telecommunications Management, Environmentally Sealed Keyboards, Improved Digital Multimeters, Laser Guided Towing Vehicle, Warehouse Hoists and Winches