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Information Integration: Driving Growth for Food & Beverage Distribution

Distribution in the food and beverage industry relies on a well-organized and fluid supply chain. This is an industry that faces many distribution challenges with products that necessitate high standards of safety, maintaining numerous compliance regulations, and navigating complex distribution networks. “The key to success in tackling these challenges is information — capturing data up…
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Microsoft Windows XP Retirement

In just over 9 months, Windows XP will be retired by Microsoft. On August 24th, Windows XP will celebrate its 12th and final year of its lifecycle, so Microsoft decided to throw a retirement party for the second most popular Windows operating system. At the same time, Microsoft plans on releasing the Windows 8.1 update.…
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Bridging the Gap Between the Field and Back Office

Most organizations, especially in this digital era, depend on employees working away from the office, whether that’s heading to a sales meeting, answering a service call for a customer, or just working remotely. While there are a lot of moving parts from a business’ point of view, customers really “…don’t care where in the organization…
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Looking Back on Logistic Forecasts for 2013

In January, Blue Horseshoe released its Top Logistics Trends for 2013. After passing the midway point of 2013, a few of these trends have made significant impacts on the transportation and logistics industry, primarily focusing on ERP enhancements, advanced analytics, and supply chain management. Going into 2013, Blue Horseshoe expected companies “…will look to replace…
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Remotely Controlling Mobile Collaboration

Back in 2006, only 14% of employers offered teleworking to employees. In 2011, that number was up to nearly 60%. According to the 2010 US census, “…9.4% of U.S. workers, labored at least one day at home per week in 2010, compared with 9.2 million people, or 7% of U.S. workers in 1997”. That’s an…
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The Future, Today: The Paperless Office Trend

BusinessWeek wrote an article back in 1975, containing one of the earliest predictions of the ‘Paperless Office’, among other office revolutions that have proven to be fairly accurate. Obviously offices are still not paperless, but the trend continues to grow, with paper consumption decreasing throughout the world, with the exception of China. From Australian pilots…
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Government Contractors Getting Proactive

Federal Government spending in 2009 was right at $3.5 trillion. In 2010 the number slightly decreased, to just under $3.5 trillion. This was the first time Federal Government spending decreased since 1964-1965, when the spending went from $118.5 billion down to $118.2 billion, respectively. This occurred again when the government decreased spending in 2012 to…
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Supply in Demand: How New Technology Advancements are Increasing Need for SCM Skills

As we have previously mentioned, the need for Supply Chain Management (SCM) skills are increasing in demand. In fact, “…nearly 200,000 U.S. supply-chain jobs will go unfilled each year through 2018 for lack of qualified talent.” With better innovations coming at a faster pace, people expect products to be delivered quickly. Technological advancements, especially ERP…
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Supermarket Shakeup Could Lead to Higher Prices

July has seen a lot of movement in the food and beverage distribution industry. Cincinnati based Kroger, the largest traditional grocery chain in the US and fifth largest retail chain in the world, purchased Harris Teeter, the 93rd largest US grocery chain with a strong presence in the Southeastern US. By revenue, the second largest…
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Microsoft SharePoint Leads the Life Science IT Transformation

Over the past few years, the life science industry has shown a noticeable IT platform shift toward Microsoft SharePoint. According to surveys from “…more than 100 leading life sciences and pharmaceutical companies,” nearly 65 percent of these life science companies are planning (or already completed) the shift from legacy systems to SharePoint. Already, 37 percent…
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