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Organized Labor

Deploying a labor management system in your warehouse can increase labor efficiency and decrease payroll costs by at least 10-15%. And return-on-investment occurs quickly: From the pages of Managing Automation In a warehouse, increased labor efficiency equals lower costs. Automating labor management relies on embedded tools within a warehouse management system (WMS), a separate labor management...

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Manufacturing Recovery Picks Up Steam

Factory activity continues to rise, says the latest Manufacturing Report on Business by the Institute for Supply Management. And manufacturing employment is rebounding: Manufacturers cranked up their output last month at an increasing rate, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®. In fact, although the January index of 63.6% fell a little short of...

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Revving Up Returns

Optimizing reverse logistics can result in cost reductions and service level improvements of up to 50%. Find out how some companies do returns right: From the pages of Inbound Logistics Reverse logistics "is not as simple as just throwing the supply chain in reverse," says Christopher D. Norek, senior partner with Chain Connectors, an Atlanta-based supply chain consulting firm. Forward...

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Fuel Cells Do Some Heavy Lifting

Automobiles are not the only vehicles getting a fuel cell makeover. Forklifts are being outfitted with this zero emission technology as well and enjoying several benefits: While their use in automobiles has been grabbing the most headlines, fuel cells—electrochemical energy conversion devices that form water from hydrogen and oxygen and in the process, generate electricity and heat—will...

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OSHA Simplifies Compliance

Adhering to the rules and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not have to be time-consuming. The agency is offering two new compliance assistance web tools: For companies that are intimidated by the rules and regulations that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets forth to protect American workers, there's help on the way. Now, you don't...

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Dispelling the Myths about U.S. Factory Workers

Misconceptions about American factory workers are common because they represent only about 11% of the U.S. workforce. Think they're low paid and all union members? Think again: The manufacturing sector has changed dramatically in the past two decades, shedding some 7 million jobs since 1980, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, manufacturing now accounts for only 11% of the roughly 135...

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5 Must-Have Machine Features

When it comes to selecting packaging machinery for your line, experts say there are particular machine attributes that you simply can't live without: Choosing what packaging equipment to add to your line is far from a simple decision. You most likely have a long list of requirements to consider as well as a capital budget to abide by. Fortunately, you can quickly narrow your search by finding out...

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The Pros and Cons of NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement turned 10 years old this month, but the years have not dimmed the controversy. Find out why some consider it a success and others think it's a huge flop: The first day of the year marked the 10th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but instead of celebration, this milestone was greeted with renewed debate. If you listen to its backers,...

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How to Prevent Counterfeiting & Tampering

Product counterfeiting is rampant, costing billions of dollars, while tampering is even more damaging, costing human lives. Here's what packagers can do to keep products secure: Protecting products against counterfeiting and tampering is a weighty worldwide concern. In fact, by some estimates, counterfeit goods account for between 5-7% of all world trade, reaching an annual value of over $250...

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Packaging Industry Set for Growth

The forecast is bright for the packaging industry. Non-durable manufacturing is set to improve, packaging innovation is flourishing and demand is expected to grow: 2004 is expected to be a good year for the packaging industry. While packaging innovation is flourishing, the economy is expected to recover rapidly through the first half of the year and then to settle into a steady pattern of growth....

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