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Case Study: First Industrial and Unisource Worldwide

September 12, 2005

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Eager to sell a vacant distribution facility made redundant following a merger agreement, North America’s leading distributor of paper products sought and found a decisive buyer — inking a deal in record time. The Challenge When Unisource Worldwide, a subsidiary of paper, pulp and wood giant Georgia-Pacific Corp., was seeking a buyer for a nonessential […]

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Creating Operating Solutions Through Real Estate Asset Strategy Across the Supply Chain

September 12, 2005

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"Sophisticated companies large and small have begun to recognize the untapped potential of their industrial real estate assets." In today’s rapidly evolving and competitive business environment, corporate America is looking at its industrial real estate in a whole new way. More and more, sophisticated companies large and small have begun to recognize the untapped potential […]

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Industrial Real Estate Strategies To Increase Operating Profitability

September 12, 2005

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In today’s globally competitive world, operating efficiency is the primary focus of the corporate cost-minimization/profit-maximization equation. Many manufactured goods are becoming commodities as new substitutes emerge. Further, increases in speed and reliability in transportation, domestically and especially globally, allow for freer geographic distribution of manufacturing and warehouse facilities. Since the Industrial Revolution, supply chain management […]

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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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