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“AUTOmation” Has Positive Impact on New Trade Agreement between U.S. and Mexico

After President Trump’s recent announcement of a preliminary trade agreement between the United States and Mexico, North American manufacturing companies and third-party logistics companies (3PLs) are aggressively looking for long-term ways to reduce costs.

Read full post  |  Posted by Mark Vickers, Client Executive on 09.13.18


Automation to AI – Moving at the Speed of Supply Chain Technology

Technological advances supporting the supply chain are accelerating the pace of change. Don’t assume your business is too small or too set in its ways to benefit. Advice for supply chain executives in any business.

Read full post  |  Posted by Patrick S. Sedlak, Principal on 02.20.18


Pop-up Stores? Now Pop-up Distribution Centers

Pop-up stores in malls, airports, and other places have been around forever. Now the concept is gravitating to pop-up distribution centers, where there may be some very real benefits for retailers facing labor shortages in their current distribution areas.

Read full post  |  Posted by Patrick S. Sedlak, Principal on 10.12.17


Consolidated Services Centers – Before You Take the Plunge (Part 2 of 2)

A Consolidated Services Center (CSC) can create savings for a healthcare organization if executed well. However, the decision should be well thought out and justified with extensive research and financial modeling as it represents a substantial investment with ongoing requirements. Several experts from the healthcare industry weigh in on the considerations, risks, and benefits.

Read full post  |  Posted by Fred Crans, Client Executive on 10.02.17


Consolidated Services Centers – Before You Take the Plunge (Part 1 of 2)

A Consolidated Services Center (CSC) can create savings for a healthcare organization if executed well. However, the decision should be well thought out and justified with extensive research and financial modeling as it represents a substantial investment with ongoing requirements. Several experts from the healthcare industry weigh in on the considerations, risks, and benefits.

Read full post  |  Posted by Fred Crans, Client Executive on 09.25.17


‘Tis the Season to Battle for Warehouse Labor

Labor is typically among the top operational costs in a distribution center, and the exploding ecommerce demand for warehouse workers is creating a shortage of laborers that is driving up the costs of recruiting, hiring and training for the companies who need them.

Read full post  |  Posted by Louis J. Cerny, Vice President on 09.20.17


The Supply Chain at the End of the Earth (3 of 3)

This three-part series explains Sedlak’s work in support of the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) project of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) to redesign and reconstruct McMurdo Station on Ross Island, Antarctica. Sedlak’s focus is on optimizing the warehousing facilities and processes. Parts 1 and 2 provided an overview of McMurdo and warehousing and logistics challenges at the station. Part 3 describes Sedlak’s approach and solution development.

Read full post  |  Posted by Dennis Heppner, Transportation Lead on 11.28.16


The Supply Chain at the End of the Earth (2 of 3)

This three-part series explains Sedlak’s work in support of the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) project of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) to redesign and reconstruct McMurdo Station on Ross Island, Antarctica. Sedlak’s focus is on optimizing the warehousing facilities and processes. Part 1 described the adventure of our team’s site visit to the continent and an overview of McMurdo Station. Part 2 explores in more detail the supply chain challenges in an extremely challenging environment.

Read full post  |  Posted by Dennis Heppner, Transportation Lead on 11.21.16


The Supply Chain at the End of the Earth (1 of 3)

This three-part series explains Sedlak’s work in support of the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) project of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) to redesign and reconstruct McMurdo Station on Ross Island, Antarctica. Sedlak’s focus is on optimizing the supply storage facilities and processes. Part 1 describes the adventure of our team’s site visit to the continent and an overview of the history and environment of McMurdo Station.

Read full post  |  Posted by Dennis Heppner, Transportation Lead on 11.15.16


Security, Labor, Cost, Efficiency: Material Handling Automation in Healthcare

A Sedlak roundtable at LogiPharma addressed drivers behind distribution operations and automation in the pharmaceutical industry.

Read full post  |  Posted by Patrick S. Sedlak, Principal on 10.14.16


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