Newsletter | March 15, 2005

03.15.05 -- Improve Factory Execution With An Example Of Detailed Calculations

March 15,
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D/C EXPO 2005
Whether you are looking for the complete supply chain system or any application in your supply chain, you will find it at the Distribution/Computer EXPO 2005. Meet the leading vendors of products for all supply chain applications including: logistics, distribution, transportation, TMS, warehousing, WMS, RFID, supply chain management, and much more.

From The Chief Editor
Check out this week's featured download, "Focus On Improved Manageability To Achieve TCO Reductions" from Hewlett-Packard. Enterprises are feeling continued pressure to move off older versions of Windows before Microsoft support becomes too distant a memory. As they decide when and how fast to move, they need to understand what the likely cost differences between their current and target platforms are. The bigger the expected benefits generated by the move, the easier it will be for them to build a business case and secure funding. In the case of Linux, for example, although it has received a lot of hype as a free OS to reduce TCO, we find that, while some costs will go down, others will remain the same or go up, and it's really the level of lockdown and management that are key to reducing TCO.
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Featured Articles
Optimizing The Labor Supply Chain
Most companies have known for some time that supply chain excellence can improve sales performance and increase end-to-end process efficiency. However, one significant cost element that seems to get little attention in this process is labor. This paper will discuss the impact that labor has on the overall cost of the supply chain and the solutions available for optimizing labor's impact. Submitted by RedPrairie

A Complete Software Evaluation Guide For Small And Midsize Wholesaler Distributors
Implementing the proper business system can be as strategic and important to your bottom line as expanding your warehouse or bringing on new product lines. This guide is designed to help wholesale distributors manage the entire software evaluation cycle from needs analysis and budget planning through software selection and implementation. Submitted by Best Software

Example Of Detail Calculation Justification For Better Factory Execution
The increase in profitability that you can expect from using FACTIVITY due to cost-of-goods sold decreases, operating expense decreases, and sales increases can be significant. Payback can be measured in months for a typical manufacturing firm. Submitted by SYS-TEC Corporation

The Five-Cent Supply Chain Solution
AIDC and supply chain execution systems have always begun with measured assessment of current operations, establishment of realistic performance improvement targets, and development of an implementation plan that defines ALL tasks, user/supplier responsibilities, schedule, milestones, and related costs. Your approach to RFID assessment should be no different. Submitted by ESYNC

Top News Stories
Next Generation Logistics, Inc. Features FreightMaster TMS At This Year's D/C Expo 2005
FKI Logistex Wins Contract From Preferred Freezer Services
Featured Products
Intellitag RFID Ready-To-Go Pallet/Carton RFID Evaluation Kit
Intermec is offering the Intellitag Ready-To-Go Pallet/Carton Evaluation Kit that will enable users to create an RFID pilot in their own facility in a matter of hours versus weeks or months. Download the complete product sheet now.

Dolphin 7450 Mobile Computer
The Dolphin 7450 handheld computer offers all the enhanced productivity features of the popular Dolphin 7400 terminal with the added convenience of an integrated pistol grip handle. Request a quote or receive more product information.

PowerScan RF Industrial Bar Code Scanners
Utilizing the latest in Radio Frequency (RF) technology, the PowerScan RF has a range of up to 150'/46 m. This allows you the freedom to scan pallets at the other end of the loading dock or boxes at the end of a warehouse aisle up to 150'/46 m from your host terminal. Its unique acknowledgment tone lets you know that your data transmission was successful. Download the complete product sheet now.

RedPrairie Transportation Management Solutions
RedPrairie's transportation management solutions help to manage the dynamics and costs of global transportation in real time. These solutions also simplify international trade processes and compliance and provide optimal deployment and balancing of transportation resources. Request more information.

Featured Download
Focus On Improved Manageability To Achieve TCO Reductions
Gartner's total cost of ownership update reinforces that switching operating systems generally results in minor changes to TCO. Enterprises should focus on improving manageability to achieve bigger TCO reductions. Submitted by Hewlett-Packard
Featured Book
ERP Tools, Techniques, And Applications For Integrating The Supply Chain
Industry Events
RFID Systems
May 18-19, Philadelphia
RFID Systems will address the unique needs of healthcare and pharmaceutical professionals who want to learn more about RFID implementation and the supporting technologies such as legacy systems, data capture, electronic product code (EPC), and wireless networks. The program will address the clinical gains and supply chain benefits that this emerging technology offers, as well as the investment required for implementation, both organizationally and financially.
AM Expo
May 24-26, 2005
Palmetto Expo Center, Greenville, SC

AM Expo — the Southeast's most comprehensive showcase of advanced manufacturing and productivity solutions — can help you get there ahead of the competition. No matter where you are in your journey to manufacturing excellence, you'll find tools, technologies, and expertise that can transform your company into a world-class competitor. Register today for FREE at
Convergence Of Telematics And Mobile Computing
Wednesday, April 6th, 2005 -11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern

Traditional telematics focuses on in-cab solutions that combine vehicle-specific and driver input with wireless communications. These systems rely on fixed-mounted or cab-centric methods for driver input. However, the telematics landscape is changing as companies address the increasing data requirements of their customers and operations personnel.
Training Resources
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Trade Publications
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