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How Smart CPG Companies Can Leverage Social Media for Business

Posted by Jim Lahey on May 01, 2013

Social media is here to stay…at least until the next big thing comes along.

Not too long ago, CPG companies struggled to prepare themselves for the electronic age. Now, companies do everything they can just to keep up. Smart companies continually experiment with how to best leverage the digital age.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Technology, Freight Transportation

What is Data?

Posted by Kane Logistics on January 23, 2013

Data can be defined many different ways.  Depending on whom you ask and the line of business they are in, you will likely get different definitions.  However, there is no denying that data is information, and businesses thrive on analyzing data in order to make faster, smarter decisions.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Technology

Is it Technology or People?

Posted by Kane Logistics on January 16, 2013

We've heard the advocates for both sides of this argument make compelling cases for why companies should invest in either technology or people given limited resources.

The technology supporters proclaim that in today's fast paced, digital society, we should invest in the best technology for speed and visibility.  

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Technology, Logistics Labor Management

The Conundrum of Customer Metrics and KPIs

Posted by Kane Logistics on December 12, 2012

"Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted."  - Albert Einstein

There are hundreds, if not thousands of metrics that are put in place across the supply chain today.  Everyone seems to have a different set depending on the size and complexity of the organization, the mode of transportation, the inventory processes within the distribution centers, the commodities that they manufacture or purchase, customs regulations and duties

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Technology, Consumer Goods Logistics, Warehouse Operations

Technology and the Supply Chain: My Adventure with Skype

Posted by Alex Stark on November 28, 2012

Had an interesting business meeting this morning.  While in my office in Pennsylvania, I was on speakerphone with a colleague in California while skyping (thank you, www.urbandictionary.com) with an engineer in Moscow who left a restaurant to do the call from his car. 

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Technology, Freight Transportation

Mobile Technology Shapes the Future of CPG

Posted by Jim Lahey on November 14, 2012

CPG: Mobile Technology is Shaping the Future

Efficiency and accuracy are key in retail distribution of CPG products.  Cellular technology is advancing at a pace that is creating a wild ride.  People do not need to be tethered to a desk anymore. 

Broadband capability is exceptional these days and without four walls to hold it back, it has taken a foot hold in the CPG world.  Mobile applications, real-time alerts and notifications, text messaging, and GPS functionality are all part of the game. 

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Topics: Logistics Technology, Consumer Goods Logistics, Warehouse Operations, 3PL Outsourcing

WMS market headed for a split – DC Velocity

Posted by Alex Stark on July 20, 2010

WMS market headed for a split – DC Velocity. In a cluttered playing field, one direction 3PL organizations are exploring is toward technology to deliver a competitive advantage.  It appears that the WMS (warehouse management system) market is also chock-full of companies wanting to carve out their piece of the industry pie.

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Topics: Supply Chain Challenges, Logistics Technology, KANE Company

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