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Gauging Refractive Index of Air

NIST scientists have devised and improved a prototype instrument the size of a loaf of bread that can substantially increase the accuracy of length measurements in commerce. Perhaps surprisingly, it does so by achieving the most accurate measure of the refractive index of air reported to date...Read More....

Agile Supply Chain Beating out Lean Principles

Agility in the supply chain is rapidly changing how supply chain entities operate, but executives and supply chain management solutions’ providers need to understand how agility and lean concepts must work together to produce a more efficient, demand-driven supply chain.

Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings in Your Quest

This is the second part of my series on various ways to reduce overall costs as it relates to logistics and warehouse cost reductions. In the first part I put forth 6 areas of focus in order to reduce logistics costs. Today, I will now address how a focus on inventory will allow for warehouse cost reductions as well. These are based on my 40 years working in operations at Schwinn and other companies as well as consulting many companies on how to select the best 3PL for my client's needs.

Manufacturing, what is it really?

What do most people think about when they hear the word manufacturing? Perhaps factories and assembly lines. If you had asked me before I started writing this, I would have said I don't think about manufacturing at all really, except for memories of Laverne and Shirley at the Schlitz beer factory trying to put on bottle…