or Search by TOPIC
Search Supply Chain Videocasts
  Sign-Up Free Newsletter
Distribution Digest

Holste's "Sorting it Out" Blog

Innovation – Paramount Importance Driving Operational Improvement

Industry Leaders Provide list of Innovative Improvement Initiatives


A 2005 empirical study (conducted by the management consultancy Arthur D. Little) showed that innovation is of “paramount importance” for companies and policy makers due to the increased importance of innovation as a result of quickly changing technologies and environments, shorter product life cycles, and increasing difficulty to stand out against competitors. The study found that retail customers are increasingly more sophisticated, segmented, and demanding, and expect more in terms of customization, novelty, quality, and price. The findings of this nine year old study are even more relevant today. As a consequence, the management of innovation, in order to systematically generate new ideas and to develop them into marketable goods and services, has become a key competitive factor in today’s business environments.

Many business managers are struggling to keep tight control of the reins while at the same time not inhibiting growth. A few weeks ago we posted an article titled – “When Seeking Project Approval – Be Prepared With Facts & Figures” which included a list of tough questions you can expect the financial officer of your company to ask when seeking project approval. But, what if funding is not available? In this tough situation, innovation (sometimes referred to as thinking out-of-the-box) may offer acceptable alternatives.

The question is how can this untapped resource be...


Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
Our Bloggers
Logistics News: Innovation - Paramount Importance Driving Operational Improvement
Industry Leaders Provide list of Innovative Improvement Initiatives
Logistics News: Great Customer Service Depends on Quick & Easy Access To Stored Products
Storage Systems must Support Sales Objectives
Logistics News: When Seeking Project Approval - Be Prepared With Facts & Figures
Understanding Big Picture Economic Factors That Drive Capital Expenditures
View All
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.

top stories
picSupply Chain News: Key Trends in Warehouse Management System Market Part 1
Current Trends Featured in Big Ideas Videocast on Present and Future of WMS
picSupply Chain News: Non-Putaway Distribution Models Improve DC Productivity by Eliminating a Pallet or Carton Touch
From Merg--in-Transit to DC Pypass and of Course Cross Dock, We Describe and Illustrate the Opportunities
picSupply Chain News: 10 Keys to a Smoother, Happier Warehouse Management System Implementation Part 2
WMS Implementation is Hard, but These Uncommon Ideas Can Reduce Pain and Risk
vendor news
Logistics News: Intelligrated and SDI Group USA Launch Material Handling Systems Business Operations in Brazil
New facility will serve Customers in Rapidly Expanding Distribution, Fulfillment and Manufacturing Markets
Logistics News: Voxware Inc., Announced That it is the First Warehouse Voice Vendor to Support Android
Android is an Operating System for Mobile Devices such as Smartphones and Tablet Computers. It was Developed by the Open Handset Alliance led by Google.
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

Supply Chain Digest news is available via RSS
newsgator XML