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Managing the Aviation and Defense Supply Chain

September 12, 2005

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Effective management of the supply chain over the last decade has helped several leading corporations gain market share, reduce costs and deliver more value to their shareholders. However, the aviation and defense industry has lagged its peers in adopting supply chain management practices. If one digs deeper, they will find several reasons that have driven […]

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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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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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