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Measurements that drive operational results: use customer demand, not internal efficiency measures, to set priorities

Measurements that drive operational results: use customer demand, not internal efficiency measures, to set priorities Charlie Allieri While the U.S. industrial sector is currently operating at 76% capacity, most manufacturers are still shipping below 90% on time. How can this be? The industrial sector in North America is working hard simply to maintain customers, never […]

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Partners …: Texas Instruments RFid has named Digi-Key an authorized distributor of its products for the Americas

Partners …: Texas Instruments RFid has named Digi-Key an authorized distributor of its products for the Americas – RFID/ADC in Brief Partners … Texas Instruments RFid has named Digi-Key an authorized distributor of its products for the Americas, including transponders and readers, ICs and evaluation kits. www.digikey.com COPYRIGHT 2003 Advanstar Communications, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale […]

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Ten years of “Integrator’s Notebook”

Ten years of “Integrator’s Notebook” Rick Duris Let’s put my “achievement” into perspective: Mike Royko, the famous Chicago newspaper columnist, wrote more than 7,500 columns over four decades. Now that’s a lot. And it made me think that even though I spend little time looking backwards, maybe it’s time for a glance over our collective […]

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Hard Rock Cafe turns to outsourced logistics

Hard Rock Cafe turns to outsourced logistics Brian Albright Collectors of Hard Rock Cafe paraphernalia may have better luck finding souvenirs in stock when they visit the music-themed restaurant chain’s North American locations. Hard Rock Cafe International Inc. is outsourcing logistics for its signature souvenirs and apparel in an effort to improve service levels to […]

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Coca-Cola bottler rolls out rugged computers

Coca-Cola bottler rolls out rugged computers Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., the world’s largest soft drink bottler and distributor, is deploying new ruggedized mobile computers from Symbol Technologies for its delivery workforce in North America and Europe. The company is buying Symbol’s new MC9000-S, which it helped develop. The bottler employs 28,000 routes sales representatives and sells […]

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Red Prairie: securing inventory and assets across the supply chain

Red Prairie: securing inventory and assets across the supply chain Michael Dempsey With advances in supply chain execution systems, it is fairly easy to track inventory in warehouses. What is more difficult is tracking inventory and returnable assets (containers, trailers, pallets and reusable packaging) across today’s global supply networks. A new genre of applications, mobile […]

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Contracts …: dental supply distributor Benco Dental will use ServicePower’s software

Contracts …: dental supply distributor Benco Dental will use ServicePower’s software – Software in Brief Contracts…Dental supply distributor Benco Dental will use ServicePower’s software to create and maintain work schedules for its field service technicians. www.servicepower.com COPYRIGHT 2003 Advanstar Communications, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group

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Social Security Administration gives RFID a try: starting with asset tracking and warehouse management, the agency is building a business case for further adoption

Social Security Administration gives RFID a try: starting with asset tracking and warehouse management, the agency is building a business case for further adoption – RFID/ADC Brian Albright You wouldn’t be blamed for thinking the only logistics issue the Social Security Administration (SSA) has to worry about is shipping checks to an ever-growing number of […]

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Rugged computers enhanced with Bluetooth technology:

Rugged computers enhanced with Bluetooth technology: – Bluetooth HHP Inc., Psion Teklogix Inc., and Symbol Technologies Inc. are all incorporating Bluetooth functionality into their rugged data collection computer products. Bluetooth is a short-range, 2.4GHz wireless standard for communication among mobile devices and between desktop computers and mobile devices. HHP will use Socket Communications Inc.’s KwikBlue […]

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Data synchronization—the elusive no-brainer: there is a lot to be gained and a lot to be lost, so pay attention

Data synchronization—the elusive no-brainer: there is a lot to be gained and a lot to be lost, so pay attention – Editor’s page: supply chain management Tom Kevan Did you ever notice that the things people characterize as “common sense” are the things that many people don’t think about and just plain miss altogether? Well, […]