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Return to Basics

Return to Basics Returns are inevitable for retailers, but they're often overlooked in supply chain planning. Retailers don't always carefully consider their return policies and processes, which leads to increased costs in call centers, labor and real estate planning problems, and inventory management difficulties. Conducting a careful discovery process can help retailers develop a sound returns policy that includes a hassle-free experience for customers as well as a methodical way to collect data. Could you use some tips to deal with these issues in time for the next holiday returns season?

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Fall Protection System Track Designs
Spanco, Inc.

Fall Protection System Track Designs Track designs for SPANCO Fall Protection Systems include either plain or trussed track and with single or dual track (two track/two man) design, or with lightweight ALU-TRACK. Our fall arrest track produces a low co-efficient of friction that allows easy movement of trolleys and cranes, which reduces stress and fatigue on operators.

Consignment Warehousing
EquipNet, Inc.

Consignment Warehousing EquipNet offers a much more convenient and lucrative option — Consignment Warehousing. With locations throughout the North America, Europe, and the Carribean, we're able to manage the removal and storage of assets at a moment's notice. Learn more.

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Cost Cutting IT

Cost Cutting IT With budgets shrinking, supply chain managers are looking to their IT departments to both spend less and cut costs in a variety of activities. The logical areas to start saving money are procurement, logistics, and distribution, but pay-per-use models of computing are also gaining in popularity as a good cost-cutting strategy.

The Supply Chain Generation

The Supply Chain Generation A new social networking Web site will do for supply chain management what Facebook has done for the general public. The site focuses on updating and accessing contact information and company profiles through a Web-based network for trading partners. The service is provided through a secure Web site that users can log in to.

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Warehouse Enables Superior Online Service

Warehouse Enables Superior Online Service An online retailer depends on a highly automated distribution center to handle growth and boost productivity. The online environment calls for shipping quantities of one or two pieces, and offering free, next-day delivery. This case study describes the major elements, which include a four-story, rack-supported mezzanine filled with shelving, a four-story, 32-pod horizontal carousel system, and a network of powered conveyors and sortation systems.

Handling Supply Chain Complexities

Handling Supply Chain Complexities This interview with a software executive discusses the challenges of tracking and monitoring inventories and other supply chain parameters in today's complex environment. With manufacturing on different continents, employees speaking different languages, and a variety of measurement standards, the challenges are immense.

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Protect People and Product
Industrial Netting

Protect People and Product RackGuard warehouse safety net reduces damage to your product and improves safety for your employees. The integral joint structure of this rugged plastic grid retains the original openings and resists sagging. And RackGuard is more economical than woven nets! See how L'Oreal improved safety with RackGuard.

Consignment and Custom Stocking Programs
Ed Fagan, Inc.

Consignment and Custom Stocking Programs If you need specialty metals or special purpose alloys for electronics, magnetic, electrical, or other industrial applications, contact Ed Fagan, Inc. (EFI). Let them be your warehouse so you can cut back on your on-hand inventory saving you space and money.

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Travel Tip: Negotiate from Strength

Travel Tip: Negotiate from Strength Every cloud must have its silver lining. The down economy is forcing a lot of companies to cancel meetings and events. That trend puts purchasing professionals in the driver's seat when it comes to negotiations with hotel properties and other suppliers for things like cancellation penalties.

Software Lets You Start Small, Grow

Software Lets You Start Small, Grow Purchasing software is designed to streamline and automate the purchase-to-pay process, from initial requisition to final invoice approval. This system features a modular design that lets the user start small and add functions and capacity over time. Both Web-based and Windows versions are available.

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Finding the Right 3PL

Finding the Right 3PL There are third-party logistics providers (3PLs), and there are third party logistics providers. This white paper discusses the differences between asset-based and non-asset-based 3PLs. The main point is that outsourcing is a big step and companies need to find a 3PL that they can build a partnership with.

Be Ready When Growth Returns

Be Ready When Growth Returns The tanking economy is affecting the transportation industry in a big way, but that's no reason not to be thinking about what needs to be done when the economy grows again. Some of the issues to consider include a need for larger vessels, deeper channels, larger capacity cranes, larger facilities, and on-dock rail capabilities.

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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...

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American Lifts

Turntable Unsurpassed in design leadership, American Lifts builds maximum stability and versatility into each and every one of its products. You will not find a longer lasting, higher quality lift system dollar for dollar anywhere. Learn more...

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A Supply Chain Smorgasbord

A Supply Chain Smorgasbord A supply chain conference planned for Charlotte, NC later this year will feature five parallel educational tracks: doing business in China, talent management, trends, best practices in supply management, and sustainability. Seminars on project management, business continuity, and services procurement are also on tap.

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Targeting Tumors

Targeting Tumors This article describes a technique that has the potential to kill cancer cells with little or no damage to surrounding structures and no pain for the patient. The technique involves delivering quick bursts of energy through a set of electrodes inserted into and around the tumor. The pulses create an electrical field of up to 3000 volts per centimeter. A cell within range of the electric field will form pores in its fatty membrane, allowing ions to rush through, eventually killing it.

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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