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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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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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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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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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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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Case Study: First Industrial and Mary Kay Inc.

September 12, 2005

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When one of the world’s largest and most admired cosmetics companies needed a distribution center to accommodate growth, it sought a facility whose aesthetics and build-quality were consistent with its world-class image. The Challenge In summer 2005, Dallas-based Mary Kay Inc. turned to First Industrial Realty Trust to help them build a 135,000 sf. distribution […]

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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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Case Study: First Industrial and Maytag Corporation

September 12, 2005

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To gain advantage in the highly competitive retail environment, one of America’s most trusted appliance manufacturers fine-tuned its delivery network — and moved operations closer to its customers. The Challenge In an effort to shorten the time it takes to get its products to end-users in key markets throughout the U.S., $4.7 billion behemoth Maytag […]

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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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