Indianapolis, IN., December 1, 2011—enVista, a leading enterprise, transportation and supply chain consulting services firm, announced today that it has sold over 5,000 copies of the second edition of Supervising on the Line: A Self Help Guide for First Line Supervisors. Nine months following the book's launch, both hard copies and electronic versions of Supervising on the Line are selling to both domestic and international audiences. Several companies have purchased the handbook in bulk as a training resource for their supply chain teams. 

According to Jim Barnes, second edition author and president and CEO of enVista, "There are countless books that address how to improve managerial skills in a corporate or office setting. However, Supervising on the Line is one of the few resources available that specifically focuses on improving human resource management and employee satisfaction and productivity in thewarehouse. As a result, Supervising on the Line has remained an important and respected educational handbook in the supply chain industry for the past 30 years."

The highly acclaimed first edition was authored by the late labor management pioneer Gene Gagnon. At the request of Gagnon's family, Barnes revised and republished the book to ensure that first line supervisors continue to benefit from its timeless management lessons. The second edition includes additional perspective and real-life "on the line" examples.

"Gene greatly understood the fact that it is people, not machines, who make the difference between agood and a bad operation," says Barnes. "This book is a significant supply chain management resource and I am greatly honored to have contributed to it."

Many companies have utilized this book in training their first line supervisors and have found that the engaging anecdotes, practical advice and tips have led to positive results.

"This is a great book to give new and senior supervisors the big picture," writes one purchaser on "[The] focus is unique because it looks at supervising in a warehouse environment. Recommended reading if you are looking to implement labor tracking and reporting systems or just want to be a better supervisor." 

Dan Gilmore, president and editor in chief of Supply Chain Digest, agrees by stating, "This book is a must-read for a first line supervisor in the warehouse. Supervising on the Line is a timeless book, still as relevant today as it was when it was first written."

The softcover, 125-pagebook is available for purchase at both and Until December 15, the book will be offered at a 15% discount at A newly released Kindle version is also available at For more information, contact Denise Wager at

enVista also brings one-day Supervising on the Line training sessions to client sites. For more information about related professional development and training sessions, contact Brette Hardison at

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