The Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Blog

ProMat 2013, A Warehouse Automation Technology Review

January 30th, 2013

I’ve shared in this post a few of our takeaways from ProMat 2013, combining the perspective we gained from talking with both the users and creators of warehouse automation technology, including Voice, AS/RS, WMS and more.

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How The 2013 Parcel Rate Increases Will Impact You

January 21st, 2013

UPS and FedEx have both implemented their yearly parcel rate increase for 2013. If you aren’t quite sure what the overall impact will be on your transportation spend, you are not alone and this article will help.

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Why You Need an Export Compliance Program and How to Get Started

December 3rd, 2012

If your company ships even one order overseas (even if your product is not a dual-use commodity), it is critically important that you put the right safeguards and procedures in place to ensure rigorous compliance with U.S. Export controls regulations. An export compliance program will ensure your company doesn’t unintentionally ship a product that requires a license to export, or accidentally supply products to a barred entity.

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Warehouse Management System (WMS) Evolution

November 12th, 2012

A few weeks ago, Bob Trebilcock of Modern Materials Handling (MMH) magazine asked me if I would sit down for an interview on the state of the WMS industry. I discuss how Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) from the major ERP companies and other Tier 2 providers have evolved to include a more robust feature set.

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What the RedPrairie/JDA Merger Means for You

November 2nd, 2012

Yesterday, RedPrairie announced that it would acquire JDA Software in a transaction valued at approximately $1.9 billion. Will the new mega-company be able to satisfy a CIO’s desire for uniformity in technology? Or will the various applications be uniform in name only, with numerous different technology platforms that require extensive integration on the part of the users?  I had a chance to ask the CEOs of both companies that question in a press conference this morning…

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