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Panalpina and JDA help customers increase asset velocity


Three years ago, Panalpina announced its intention to deploy a single warehouse management system (WMS) across all of its logistics facilities throughout the world. The roll-out of the RedPrairie – now JDA – WMS is progressing ahead of schedule thanks to Panalpina’s experts in all regions and a specially developed and unique fast deployment model. To date, JDA WMS has been rolled out at more than 30 Panalpina sites globally – enabling Panalpina to optimize service levels and inventory for customers.

The WMS roll-out builds upon Panalpina’s logistics strategy to become the first 3PL (third-party logistics provider) to improve inventory management by helping customers increase asset velocity – moving products more quickly and reducing warehoused stock.

JDA WMS provides for various scan-and-validate check points throughout the warehousing process, allowing Panalpina to offer its customers a highly customizable solution. Panalpina also uses the system to track and compare the performance of its four-wall operations globally and then works towards benchmarks, for example in terms of very high inventory accuracy. JDA WMS has so far been deployed in 33 sites worldwide.

“The fast roll-out of the JDA warehouse management system worldwide is another way that Panalpina demonstrates its strategic commitment to growing in the logistics arena,” says Mike Wilson, global head of Logistics at Panalpina. “We have developed an unmatched level of in-house expertise, which we will use for the benefit of our customers to further accelerate the roll-out at our remaining logistics facilities.”

Panalpina developed its own rapid deployment model for JDA WMS in order to offer customers a standardized approach and consistent implementation process across the globe. This unique model is particularly useful to international customers whose products have short life cycles, as the deployment of the system takes place quickly and cost effectively.

Data from JDA WMS is used for advanced inventory forecasting

JDA WMS also includes a feature-rich reporting and analytics module, which can be integrated into Panalpina’s data analytics services for more accurate customer inventory and demand forecasting. Panalpina uses customer data extracted from JDA WMS to map inventories across product life cycles. Using sophisticated proprietary algorithms, Panalpina then calculates at what stage the inventory changes in order to better estimate minimum and maximum inventory holding, where to position inventory and what services to offer. Customers benefit by having a partner that can keep their products moving and minimize working capital requirements in their supply chains. Panalpina calls this approach Demand-Driven Inventory Dispositioning (D2ID).

While JDA WMS can be deployed for all industries, Panalpina has so far implemented the program mainly for its fashion and technology customers, which rely on a fast time to market. These customers benefit from the high levels of configuration available in JDA, and from specific features including multi-channel dispositioning, rapid returns processing and cross-docking.

Panalpina most recently deployed JDA WMS for a new high-end fashion customer in Italy. Panalpina’s Mendrisio fashion hub in southern Switzerland uses JDA WMS to provide the customer with inventory management and distribution services around the world. The fashion house’s merchandise is produced in northern Italy and then imported to Mendrisio, where Panalpina’s bonded warehouse can facilitate distribution within Switzerland or re-export it to Europe and other key markets.

Panalpina also offers a full returns logistics program at Mendrisio, accepting returned goods back into the facility and determining their quality, in order to return them quickly to stock in boutiques or outlet stores and maximize sales.

“JDA and our unique rapid deployment model have allowed us to offer our customers agility, speed and the flexibility to meet their needs across regions and industries. We efficiently track and manage their inventories and move their products as needed,” says Mario Leuverink, Global Head of Logistics Systems at Panalpina.

Heskins Thick Safety Grip Now Available


Heskins are proud to announce that H3404 2mm safety grip is now available for order. Thick Safety Grip™ now allows business to kit out their factories to ensure effective slip prevention, that also provide slight cushioning and reduce leg fatigue on a production line. It can also be applied into recesses that are considered trip hazards.

Heskins made the decision to produce thick Safety Grip™ after the demand became great. The reason Heskins had to ensure the demand was there, was simply due to the commitment that would have to be made to produce it. Many of our production and post production machines were modified to produce thick Safety Grip™ to the same quality standards as all the other Heskins products.

Investment was also made into a new range of high-volume crush cut blade holders. The reason this was necessary was due to the thickness. Heskins anti slip tapes are generally no thicker than 1.4mm. While the difference of .6mm doesn’t seem great, the adhesive applied to the base increases this thickness further, making it more difficult to cut.

Now the modifications are in place, Heskins have added a versatile new anti slip product into the range, and like all others, can be slit in rolls ranging from 20mm up to 1170mm, all 18.3m in length.

Heskins H3404 thick Safety Grip™ is available at a very competitive price, and if you would like to place an order, or enquire further, you can contact Heskins by phone or email.

Floor Demarcation and Colour Referencing in the Workplace

Floor Demarcation and Colour Referencing in the Workplace

When it comes to 5S and floor demarcation in the workplace, there are many guidelines, of which many provide very little insight.

A quote often used is ““In lean manufacturing, the general rule of thumb is that anyone should be able to walk into a workplace and identify the flow of work being done within 60 seconds.”

Keeping this quote in mind, for someone venturing into this for the first time, finding the right information before implementation is a tough task. Many options are available for floor marking and signage products to allow you to begin optimisation of floor demarcation, which in the first instance will be a tough task without the correct information to hand.

Depending on the function of your workplace will naturally determine how you proceed, do you want to optimise what is currently working? Or do you want to start from scratch to improve the whole process? We believe that Heskins can help you provide a strong starting point by defining the regulated and approved colours to identify and optimise key workflow areas in your business.

Heskins products are always manufactured in regulation colours, from anti slip tape, to floor marking systems, Heskins products can be used to create a full, optimised workflow demarcation system. heskins-ltd-colour-guidelines

Demarcation Area Black

Demarcation Area Black

Workplace 5s Walkway

Workplace 5s Walkway

5S colours are as follows:

Yellow – Highlights an area that is to be treated with caution. Mainly used for aisleways and walkways, more often than not because these areas could cross with other working processes, such as forklift traffic or other foot traffic.

Red – Highlights danger or can relate to fire. Red alerts people or vehicles that they need to stop before proceeding, or to notify people where fire fighting equipment is available, if it of course can.

Blue – Marks out information, or can be used to hold equipment or machinery that is out of order.

Green – Notifies an area of safety, whether that be a first aid point or notice, or a walkway that is out of the way of potential dangers.

Orange – Used to mark out zones where vehicles are stored or for areas where vehicles operate. Combining yellow and red with this creates a traffic system that is safe and organised.

Black/Yellow – Notifies of potential hazards and to proceed with caution. Areas that store potentially harmful chemicals or areas that can only be entered with additional safety measures.

Red/White – Notification to keep an area clear at all times. Emergency access or electrical points are two such areas that benefit from these markings.

White – Indication of an area where production or work processes are ongoing.

Black – Completed jobs are put in these areas, indicating the job is complete.

For a full colour reference guide for Heskins products and general 5S colour references, you can download the colour reference guide heskins-ltd-colour-guidelines. The Heskins colour guide refers to regulations for all of Europe.

Heskins offer other colours, as well as custom production, so dependent on order quantities, you can get the perfect anti slip or floor marking solution for your workplace. Get in touch


RUD Lifting Points for Bolting – Safety in Lifting & Flipping Heavy Plant & Moulding Tools

RUD offer an extensive range of lifting and lashing applications which includes both welded and threaded types, covering a working load capacity range from 0.6 to 200 tonne. Offering over 270 different tested and certified lifting/lashing points, 210 of which are for bolting and 60 for welding. Read more…

Drilling at Serra Intersects 7m @ 6.10g/t Gold at Coringa Project, Brazil

Magellan Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:MNM) (“Magellan”) is pleased to report results from thirteen additional drill holes from the Serra, Meio and Domingo zones at the Coringa project, Brazil. As with previous holes reported from the 2011 diamond drill program, these are all step-out and exploration holes aimed at expanding the existing resources of 269,450oz of gold in the measured and indicated categories (982,291t @ 8.53 g/t), and 98,224oz of gold in the inferred category (327,054t @ 9.34 g/t). Read more…

Chinalco Rio Tinto Exploration cleared to start business in China

The Rio Tinto and Chinalco joint venture (JV) for exploration in China – Chinalco Rio Tinto Exploration Co. Ltd. (CRTX) – has been officially registered as a business in China. Read more…

Cluff Gold announces significant resource increase at Baomahun

Cluff Gold plc (“Cluff Gold” or the “Company”) (AIM:CLF)(TSX:CFG), the dual AIM/TSX listed West African focused gold mining company, is pleased to announce the results of an independent mineral resource estimate for the Company’s 100% owned Baomahun Gold Project (“Baomahun”) in Sierra Leone. Read more…

Anglo American to divest minority interest in Palabora Mining Company

Anglo American announces that it will participate in the sale process initiated by Rio Tinto to dispose of both companies’ interests in Palabora Mining Company Limited (“Palabora”). Anglo American currently holds a 16.8% effective interest in Palabora. Rio Tinto holds an effective 57.7% in Palabora. Read more…

Peabody Energy and ArcelorMittal Submit All Cash Offer to Acquire Macarthur Coal

Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) and ArcelorMittal (NYSE: MT) today confirm that following the recent completion of due diligence they intend to launch an all-cash off-market takeover bid to acquire all the shares in Macarthur Coal Ltd (ASX: MCC). Read more…

Lundin Mining reports second quarter 2011 results

Lundin Mining Corporation (“Lundin Mining” or the “Company”) today reported net income of $57.7 million ($0.10 per share) for the second quarter of 2011, an increase of $15.4 million from the $42.3 million ($0.07 per share) for the second quarter of 2010. Read more…

Tiex Inc. exploration update on Its Quesnel trough properties, Central British Columbia, Canada

Tiex Inc. (“Tiex” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: TIX) is pleased to issue an update of its exploration work that the Company has initiated on its Horsefly Property in the Quesnel Trough area of central British Columbia. Read more…

Riva Announces Exploration and Drill Results for its Honey Camp Property

Riva Gold Corporation (TSX-V: RIV) (“Riva” or “the Company”) announces results from its mapping, trenching and diamond drill program on its Honey Camp Property.  Three historical vein systems, the Rainbow, Alma and Camp veins,  located within a 2.4 kilometre by 0.9 kilometre area on the Honey Camp Property (the “Area”), were tested by mapping and trenching followed by 16 diamond drill holes totalling 2,886 metres (of which two holes were abandoned due to poor ground conditions). Two additional historical vein systems within the Area, the Brian & Brenda and Sobers Hills veins, were examined by mapping and trenching. The five historic vein systems are all hosted in sheared, quartz-carbonate alteration zones, cross-cutting lavas, tuffs and sediments. Read more…

Arch Coal’s West Virginia Operations Earn Eight State Mine Safety Awards

Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) today announced that its mining subsidiaries earned eight statewide safety awards at West Virginia’s Annual State Council Meeting of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association. Read more…

Xinergy Announces Coal Supply Agreement with J.P. Morgan

Xinergy Ltd., (TSX: XRG and XRG.WT) (“Xinergy” or the “Company”), a US Central Appalachian producer of high quality coal, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Xinergy Corp. has signed a long term coal supply agreement (the “Agreement”) with J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation (“J.P. Morgan”) for the delivery period beginning January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2014.  The Agreement indicates 2,160,000 total thermal tons or 720,000 tons per year from the company’s Raven Crest/Brier Creek mines in West Virginia. Read more…

Scorpio Mining Provides Exploration Update on its Projects in Mexico

Scorpio Mining Corporation (TSX: SPM) (“Scorpio Mining” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to provide an update on exploration activities at its projects in Mexico. The Corporation controls over 29,000 ha in the Cosalá district, Sinaloa, which is host to over 40 known exploration targets but is relatively unexplored by modern techniques. In addition, Scorpio Mining holds two advanced, high-grade silver properties in the Parral district, Chihuahua, that are drill-ready. Read more…

St. Eugene Responds to Announcement of Approach by Churchill Natural Resources Partners for Tartan Lake Gold Mine Project

St. Eugene Mining Corporation Limited (TSX VENTURE:SEM) (“St. Eugene” or the “Company”) announces that Churchill Natural Resources Partners (“Churchill”) has conditionally offered to purchase 100% of the Tartan Lake Mine gold property (“Tartan Lake”) from the Company in exchange for a cash payment of $4 million and a net smelter return royalty of 1% of production from Tartan Lake. Read more…

Argex Mining Announces NI 43-101 Compliant Technical Report Completed on La Blache

Argex Mining Inc. (Argex) (TSXV: RGX) (FSE: ASV) (OTCBB: ARGEF) Argex Mining Inc. has completed and released a NI 43-101 compliant Technical Report for the La Blache titanium project. The report is available now on SEDAR. Read more…

American Mining Corporation Completes Initial $500,000 payment to Win-Eldrich for Modification and Expansion of the Ashdown Mill

Win-Eldrich Gold Inc. (“WEG”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Win-Eldrich Mines Limited (“WEX”) (TSXV:V), and American Mining Corporation (“AMC”), a Nevada corporation (OTCQB: AMCM), are pleased to announce that AMC has completed the initial cash payment to WEG of US$500,000 with the support of its consultant Versatech Capital For Mining. On March 24, 2011, the two companies entered into a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) in which they agreed to create a new limited liability company (“LLC”) for the purpose of doubling the capacity of the 100 ton per day Ashdown milling facility in northern Nevada to 200 tons per day, and then sharing equally in the proceeds from contract milling for existing high grade gold resources in Nevada. To complete its 50% buy-in to the new LLC, AMC will contribute an additional US$1.5 million to WEX and purchase and move a 100 ton per day mill circuit to Ashdown facility, which will be installed by the new LLC. Read more…

Mawson West Announces Positive Feasibility Study for Kapulo Project

Mawson West Ltd. (TSX:MWE) (“Mawson” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce positive feasibility study results supporting the development of an open cut mine at its Kapulo copper project (the “Kapulo Project”) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”). The feasibility study was compiled by Coffey Mining Pty Ltd. (“Coffey”) with the participation and contribution of Sedgman Ltd. (“Sedgman”). Unless otherwise indicated, all figures are in US dollars. Read more…

Plateau Mineral to commence first phase of production at little prince mine property

Plateau Mineral Development, Inc. (“Plateau Metals”). (Pink Sheets: PMDP) announced today it has finalized the production schedule for its newly acquired Little Prince Mine located in the extremely rich north western slope of Breece Hill, Leadville, Colorado. The aggressive initial program calls for the immediate re-opening of the mine with production levels to the mill reaching sixty (60) tons a day with the first 12 to 18 months.  Read more…

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