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Pharmaceutical industry : challenges and opportunities

Pharmaceutical industry : challenges and opportunities

For the past 20 years, GCL Canada has developed an expertise helping pharmaceutical companies overcome logistic challenges and implement processes and systems that have ensured growth for the years to come. As we all know, the Canadian pharmaceutical industry is tightly controlled by Health Canada, making its quality analysis and quality control groups all the more important. Below...

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Warehouse Order Picking: a few basic steps

Warehouse Order Picking: a few basic steps

To improve productivity, businesses concentrate their efforts on optimizing picking process.It's a smart move on their behalf. Would you like to know why? A costly activity. Being one of the last operations on the supply chain, the product cost is, indeed, at this stage, very high; A hard to manage activity. New managing techniques including just-on-time, production cycles and market...

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Storage – Applicable Technologies

Storage – Applicable Technologies

One of the major problems that all people in the logistics field constantly encounter is how to determine and recommend an appropriate storage technology system that will best serve their clients. In a world where warehousing trends are constantly changing, the recommendation of a system becomes even more challenging when taking into consideration the numerous factors that must...

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13 Winning Solutions to reduce inventory even further

13 Winning Solutions to reduce inventory even further

Many managers of inventory, when attempting reduction, frequently turn to the tried-and-true techniques. These practices may include a periodic review of inventory, instituting cycle counting procedures, and shifting inventory ownership back to the suppliers. These, and similar practices are an excellent starting point. However, others with more experience tend to " raise the bar " and become more...

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Logistics & Activity Based Costing: Can you afford not doing it !

Logistics & Activity Based Costing: Can you afford not doing it !

As logisticians you are faced, on a daily basis, with struggles to reduce costs while providing a world-class service level to your demanding customers. On many occasions you are also faced with unexpected demands from the purchasing department (truckload promotions) or the marketing department (special deal, customized packaging) that greatly impede your operation. These oblige you to incur...

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The performance gap is widening

The performance gap is widening

One attending conferences such as the CLM and WERC or reading specialized magazines can do nothing but realize that the performance gap is widening between the supply chain in the global marketplace. And the difference can sometimes be scary. As consultants, we are exposed to numerous business practices and can only testify to this widening gap. Best-in-class companies...

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Time standards: What should your productivity level be?

Time standards: What should your productivity level be?

When speaking of productivity, all companies look to get the most out of their Operations. Often we see companies which, through the years, have accumulated historical data or have summarily evaluated (according to their judgement) theirexpectations, establishing a minimum productivity level required on the part of their employees. 180 cases per hour, 300 lines per hour, number of...

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Outsourcing your Logistics and managing it

Outsourcing your Logistics and managing it

Supply chain functions have grown increasingly complex with globalization, technology, and competition advancing at a rapid pace. Thoroughly examining the motivations, expectations, and justifications for outsourcing critical supply chain functionality enables companies to make effective decisions which generate incremental profitability and shareholder value. While these and other valid and appropriate motivations drive outsourcing decisions, some companies use inappropriate...

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What does the futur hold for DSD

What does the futur hold for DSD

Specific to the grocery industry but also to other retailers, Direct Store Deliveries (DSD) is being increasingly questioned by members of the retail industry for its value in the supply chain. Initiatives like Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), Collaboration and Activity Based Costing (ABC) contribute to this industry-wide questioning. Eager to optimise their distribution fleets and warehouses, retailers are...

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Cross-dock versus Flow-thru warehouse?

Cross-dock versus Flow-thru warehouse?

Dynamic flow-thru warehousing minimises both handling equipment and inventory whether it is being used to support high-throughput manufacturing or finished goods distribution. Flow-thru warehousing shares much in common with cross docking. Both strategies support high-throughput manufacturing plants and distribution centres. Both are designed to maximise the handling and storage of inventory in warehouses through the frequent deliveries of...

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