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Interview: How to use the quantum mechanics of retail to improve profitability.

September 12, 2005

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ASCET: What has changed in Crate and Barrel’s inventory management process since 4R and Crate and Barrel began working together? Ed Rennemann (ER): We had not changed our store replenishing process since 1984. Historically, we have given our store managers the visibility to see what was available in the DC along with rates of sale […]

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Delivering the Value of Visibility

September 12, 2005

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VeriSign Inc. operates intelligent infrastructure services that enable people and businesses to find, connect, secure and transact across today’s complex, global networks. Every day, we enable over 14 billion Internet interactions, 3 billion telephony interactions and $100 million of e-commerce. EPC Services Among the many accomplishments for VeriSign’s EPC/RFID business in 2004, we are especially […]

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Interview: Oracle senior vice president Sonny Singh foresees an open-link, high-visibility supply chain network revolution.

September 12, 2005

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ASCET: What are the obstacles to achieving the level of visibility and integration in the supply chain that companies are working to achieve? Sonny Singh (SS): The three that are the most common are standards, technology and culture. Visibility brings a lot of benefits, but it requires standards. Rosetta Net, for example, works to promote […]

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Inquiries and Insights on Supply Chain Collaboration

September 12, 2005

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In late 2003, Accenture published a cross-industry paper, “Connecting with the Bottom Line: A Global Study of Supply Chain Leadership and Its Contribution to the High-Performance Business.” Among the report’s conclusions were two particularly salient findings. First, a direct, statistically viable connection was made between supply excellence and increased market capitalization levels. In effect, the […]

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready to Enable Profitable Growth and High Performance?

September 12, 2005

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Growth is clearly back on the executive agenda. Yet executives increasingly find that growing profitably is extremely challenging due to the complexity and volatility characteristic of today’s business environment. Further complicating matters is the fact that, after several years of intense focus on cost reduction, most companies’ supply chains are operationally efficient but are not […]

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Lucent Illuminates the Path To Collaborative Success

September 12, 2005

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The Transition to a More Leveraged Model Lucent Technologies, a global leader in the development and deployment of advanced communications networks, owned and controlled most aspects of the design and manufacture, implementation and support of its products. By early 2000, Lucent’s business units had long-established processes for parts numbering, product design and local communication on […]

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On the Map: Location Technology Goes Mainstream

September 12, 2005

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Business information analysis is at a crossroads. Saddled with an overabundance of data, corporations struggle to distill terabytes of information so that C-level executives and business process managers can make credible and effective decisions. Much of these data are associated with a location. Customer information files often contain a name and address; packages need to […]

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Next-Generation Logistics Networks

September 12, 2005

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The term “on demand” is graining mass appeal among software vendors who sell their software as a service. The movement, fueled by IBM’s marketing efforts, has captured the imagination of the software industry. Software manufacturers and software consumers have accepted the emerging trend as a viable alternative to large-scale, client-server custom solutions. The transportation management […]

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Quick-Change Supply Chains

September 12, 2005

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We may never see a television series about supply chains. However, nearly everyone is familiar with Survivor, where the best players develop fast-changing strategies to outdo competitors and persevere through shifting conditions. “Outwit, outplay, outlast” is the show’s motto. So perhaps Survivor can be viewed as a good model – a template, in fact – […]

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