Supply Chain
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12/15/2017

Los Angeles City Council wants to ban trucking companies operating out of the local port that misclassify truck drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. The council requested an attorney submit a written report to determine if a ban preventing port access to companies that repeatedly violate state and employment laws is legal.

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12/15/2017

Warehouse club retailer Costco saw online sales increase 43.5% in the second quarter of 2017. The company has made significant website improvements and launched two delivery options to improve its e-commerce convenience.

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12/14/2017

New leaders must embrace the work of managing others and not slip back into the comfort zone of doing the work themselves, writes Naphtali Hoff. Learn to lead by celebrating small wins, communicating regularly, thinking bigger about the business' future and delegating tasks.

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12/14/2017

Distributors need to quickly expand their online sales to avoid competitive disadvantages, even if it means embracing imperfect software solutions, writes Scott Benfield, citing several research reports. Traditional full-service distribution is expensive, redundant and at risk of being undercut, piece by piece, by low-cost online competitors, he argues.

12/14/2017

Digi-Key will expand its Thief River Falls, Minn., distribution center as it looks to continue growth in Europe. The company increased UK sales by 36% in the past year.

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12/14/2017

Robotics, smartphones and automation provide ways to move trucks efficiently through the distribution center yard, writes Ben Ames. Smartphones, for instance, can be used by drivers to signal they've arrived and receive directions about where to go.

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12/14/2017

Software will be 30% of automobile content by 2030, which means manufacturers must move beyond traditional practices, according to this McKinsey analysis. Data monetization and an embrace of Industry 4.0 will be critical to success.

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12/14/2017

Make sure the whole organization supports the idea of incorporating robots and clarify budget projections before securing an integrator, writes John Burg of Acieta. Agree on definitions of success and failure, then compile information the integrator will need, he recommends.

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Plant Engineering
12/14/2017

Take supply chain cybersecurity seriously, starting with a through internal assessment, writes Isaac Kohen of Teramind. He recommends making the procurement officer part of the cybersecurity team.

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12/14/2017

Footwear manufacturer and distributor Rocky Brands improved production by 10% and accommodated e-commerce changes by redesigning its distribution center, writes Bob Trebilcock. The redesign had to maintain accuracy even as it increased volume, and do so without requiring extensive staff training, says distribution services director Kevin Koster.

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