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Holste's "Sorting it Out" Blog

Understanding The Tradeoffs Between Jobs & Automation

Can We Manage the Impact of Automation on the Jobs Market?


As was painfully obvious during the most recent recession, the economy of the United States, as well as all other industrialized countries, is based on jobs. Jobs, along with the tax revenues they create, are critical to the health, prosperity, and security of the country and its citizens. That is why leaders of industrialized countries are focused on job creation.


Within the global business community, efficiency, speed, and productivity are highly sought after attributes. The U.S. workforce is already the most productive in the world. But, we have just scratched the surface. We are now entering an era where the number of jobs, (blue collar, white collar, and service related) in the economy will be drastically reduced by automation.

The Logistics Industry is just beginning to see...


Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
Our Bloggers
Logistics News: Understanding The Tradeoffs Between Jobs & Automation
Can We Manage the Impact of Automation on the Jobs Market?
Logistics News: Keeping IT Systems Up-To-Date is Key to Innovation & New Growth Opportunities
Attracting New Customers by Offering Expanded Value Added
Logistics News: Changing Logistics Landscape Impacts DC Operations
Specialized Customer Services Create New Challenges for Order Fulfillment Operations
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White Papers / Reports
width=70White Paper: WMS Solutions: Embedded or Best of Breed?
Would a warehouse management system (WMS) help you better manage and automate your warehouse and fulfillment operations? Learn pros and cons of ERP WMS vs Best-of-Breed.

width=70White Paper: Managing Spend in A Distribution Environment
Supplier Relationship Management and the Distribution Enterprise:A suite provides enterprises with the necessary tools and solutions to achieve optimal performance in supplier relationships.

width=70Material Handling Tech Note: Conveyor Improvements Drive Flexibility
In this Materials Handling Technology Note, we review how recent advances across several areas of conveyor technology are improving the flexibility of system design and later modifications for materials handling systems.

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Logistics News: Intelligrated and SDI Group USA Launch Material Handling Systems Business Operations in Brazil
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Logistics News: Voxware Inc., Announced That it is the First Warehouse Voice Vendor to Support Android
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Logistics News: Kollmorgen Introduces Mobile Order Picking Solution for Automated Lift Truck Operation at ProMat 2011
Kollmorgen's Pick-n-Go is a flexible controls platform that can be adapted to any electric order-picker truck brand or model enabling the picker and the truck to work together automatically.
video cast
Using Multi-Modal Wireless Technology to Drive Productivity Gains in Distribution



Why the Time is Right for Labor Management Systems in Distribution


Tools and Resources
Logistics News: What Does a Sortation System for Distribution Cost?
Baseline Systems Can Be Implemented for about $1 Million; Wal-Mart Level? Do not Ask
Warehouse Management System (WMS) Resource Page
Find information, expert insight, vendors solutions, a video overview, case studies and more Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). Includes recent downloadable edition of Supply Chain Digest Letter on WMS.
Labor Management System (LMS) Resource Page
Find information, expert insight, vendors solutions, a video overview, case studies and more on the Supply Chain Digest Letter on Labor Management Systems in Distribution
Supply Chain Question: Calculating Distribution Center Capacity
Supply Chain Question: How to Calculate Discount for Customer Freight Pick-Up?
Reader Question: Reducing Sort Lanes to Reduce DC Costs
New Materials Handling Tech Notes

The first analytic reports for the materials handling and distribution industry.

This report: Advances in Conveyor Technology increasing System Flexibility


Labor Management System
(LMS) Overview

Present by SCDigest Editor Dan Gilmore

View our Complete Labor Management System Resources Page

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