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Thursday, December 15, 2016 -- Published once each month.


 
Achieving Consistent Produce Quality: Applying Quality Management Methodologies to the Cold Chain
By Bill McBeath Thursday, December 15, 2016
For decades, manufacturers have used statistical process control and related process disciplines to continually reduce process variation, minimize waste, and reliably create products consistently conforming to precise specifications. In contrast, the produce industry does not have a tradition of strong process controls. There is a major opportunity to dramatically improve produce quality and shelf life by adopting modern process disciplines.
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Supply Chain Networks Are More Than Technology
By Ann Grackin Thursday, December 15, 2016
Networks have been the focus on a revival in technology architecture for the last five years in supply chains. But not all networks are the same. The business partnerships and processes that are catalyzed by these federated models, create a profound path to business value.
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Ten Signs It’s Time for WMS: Part Two—An Incremental Approach to De-risk WMS Implementations
By Bill McBeath Thursday, December 15, 2016
The leap from manual systems to a WMS can be trepidatious. However, the risks can be controlled by taking an agile, incremental, approach to implementation and by ensuring change management issues are proactively addressed.
[ Read: Ten Signs It’s Time for WMS: Part Two—An Incremental Approach to De-risk WMS Implementations ]

Autodesk University 2016—A Window into the Future of Design, Construction, and Movie-Making
By Bill McBeath Thursday, December 15, 2016
Generative design, machine learning, virtual reality, robotic systems, 3D printing, Internet-of-Things, and integrated project coordination and collaboration were key themes at Autodesk’s annual conference.
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