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Work with Insurers Before Things Go Wrong

Talking with an insurance agent before things go wrong is one of the most important steps supply chain professionals can take to mitigate supply chain risk. The reason is simple: With years of incident data, they know what works and which technologies are worthwhile. And, they’re willing to share that knowledge with...

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Risk Management: Crossed Fingers Aren’t Sufficient

When dealing with supply chain risks, crossed fingers aren’t a solution. Yet, when juggling the competing demands of ensuring low costs, on-time deliveries, global regulatory compliance, client satisfaction and increasing revenue, it’s easy for risk mitigation to become a low priority. For example, a recent study by the University of Tennessee sponsored...

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ShockWatch Awarded GSA Contract

Watch, a provider of impact, temperature and tilt monitors and indicators has just been awarded a contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). This contract allows government agencies, including the U.S. military, to streamline their purchases from ShockWatch. “Now government agencies can purchase ShockWatch monitoring solutions directly from the...

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Supply Chain Risk Tops Business Concerns

The number one concern among international CEOs is supply chain failure, according to the recent 2014 Chubb Multinational Risk Survey. Supply chain risks trumped the year’s staggering cyber security breaches, global political upsets and increasing regulations. Chubb indicates that 52 percent of the U.S. and Canadian companies surveyed plan to...

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Harnessing the Human Factor

“We have families, too.” Many years ago, a Chicago-area grocery store used that statement in an ad campaign touting its attention to quality. The point applies to cargo handlers, too, yet, “Ninety-percent of all cold chain problems are due to human error,” according to Melissa Germain, assistant director of cold...

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Say Cheese!

Another video featuring a package delivery person behaving badly made the national news in April. This time the culprit worked not for an esteemed parcel delivery service but for the U.S. Postal Service. While the private services fired workers who chucked packages over fences and onto patios, the USPS disciplined – but...

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Monitoring Supports Continuous Improvement

It’s a common problem. Companies launch a LEAN improvement initiative, make progress, and then backslide. A year or two later they may be in a worse position than when they started the project. The problem, though, isn’t with LEAN. It’s with the sporadic nature of initiatives. Achieving continuous improvement takes...

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ShockWatch Acquires ShockLog Impact and Environmental Recorders

Media Recovery, Inc., a portfolio company of Capital Southwest Corporation (Nasdaq:CSWC), announced the acquisition by its ShockWatch division of ShockLog Impact and Environmental Recorders from The IMC Group, a manufacturer of electronic and mechanical instrumentation headquartered in Letchworth, United Kingdom. Terms of the transaction, which was completed on December 31,...

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ShockWatch Appoints Larry Zaiter as Cold Chain National Sales Manager

Larry Zaiter was promoted to ShockWatch Cold Chain National Sales Manager effective January 1, 2014.  Since joining the ShockWatch sales team in January 2008, he has served as a Regional Sales Manager promoting Impact, Tilt and Temperature product lines.  Larry successfully implemented new ShockWatch Damage Prevention Programs in retail and...

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Cold Chain Specialist Calls for Visible Temperature Indicators

Specialty pharmacies have an acute need for visual temperature indicators on packages they ship, according to a recent study by pharmaceutical logistics specialist Modality Solutions. The reasons are evident: Specialty medications typically require controlled temperatures. They may be shipped directly to patients. Packaging doesn’t adequately maintain temperature. When Modality Solutions tested the...

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