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Supply Chain Services for Aviation And Defense Aftermarket

September 12, 2005

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Aviall, Inc. (NYSE:AVL) is a leading provider of aftermarket supply chain management services for the aviation and defense industries. As the world’s largest independent provider of aviation parts, the Aviall Services business unit markets and distributes products for over 220 manufacturers and offers approximately 660,000 catalog items from 37 customer service centers located in North […]

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Architecting the Liquid Supply Chain

September 12, 2005

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A common supply chain misconception equates “liquids” with “process industries.” A huge opportunity for discrete and service industries lies in recognizing the quantity of liquids that flow through these industries and exploiting the operational, financial and strategic benefits that liquid-oriented logistics offers. Since supply chain networks for liquid products are fundamentally different from those for […]

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Subaru Defies the Directed Parts Industry Status Quo

September 12, 2005

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Retail inventory management is what many automotive manufacturers call their attempt at vendor-managed inventory. As with all inventory-dependent industries, wrestling with inventories and balances is a huge battle with every original equipment manufacturer building and supporting multiple vehicle models, each with thousands of individual parts. Many automotive manufacturers have tried to control their dealers’ replacement […]

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A Small Company With Big Supply Chain Designs

September 12, 2005

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Cascade Designs is a Seattle-based manufacturing company. Established in 1973 by two ex-Boeing engineers, we make and sell products that enhance the active lifestyles of our consumers. Our primary line of business is selling products that allow millions of people to enjoy the great outdoors. Our outdoor brands include Therm-a-Rest, Mountain Safety Research, SealLine, Platypus […]

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First-in-Class, First-to-Market Printing Solutions

September 12, 2005

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Printronix Inc., headquartered in Irvine, Calif., is a global leader of innovative printing solutions for the industrial marketplace and distribution supply chain. It is the world’s top-selling line matrix manufacturer and has earned an outstanding reputation for its high-performance thermal and fanfold laser printers and related software solutions. The company was founded in 1974 to […]

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From Bar Codes to Smart Labels

September 12, 2005

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Smart labels are shipping labels with embedded RFID tags. They offer promise in helping organizations deploy RFID for compliance with retail industry and Department of Defense mandates. Smart labels allow the retention of bar code/shipping label information in popular formats while adding RFID. Smart labels provide: a convenient and economical way to package RFID tags […]

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Supply Chain Optimization For Retailers and Suppliers

September 12, 2005

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Founded by leading academics Dr. Marshall Fisher of The Wharton School and Dr. Ananth Raman of Harvard Business School, 4R’s cutting-edge technologies leverage their groundbreaking research to help companies such as Crate and Barrel, Linens ‘n Things and Footstar improve inventory efficiency and drive profits to higher levels. Profit Optimizing The Inventory Asset Retailers increasingly […]

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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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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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