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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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Rebuilding the 21st Century on Demand

September 12, 2005

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Demand-driven supply networks (DDSN) may seem like just another term for supply chain management. Don’t be fooled. DDSN tackles business areas overlooked by traditional supply chain management and promises huge new efficiencies and growth. Proclaiming that the customer is king is not enough. Rebuilding the supply chain is essential for profitable growth in the 21st […]

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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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Real Results From Purchase-to-Pay Opportunities

September 12, 2005

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The Challenge Is Not One of Vision, But of Execution Executive leadership understands and awaits the substantial savings promised from internal change initiatives to control and manage indirect spend, but most continue to wait. Why? Although those primarily responsible – chief procurement officers – recognize the proverbial pearl in the oyster of procurement, they have […]

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Are High Tech Manufacturers’ Supply Chains Up to the Global Challenge?

September 12, 2005

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As high-tech manufacturers continue their quest for high performance by seeking ever-lower costs and promising new markets for their products, cross-border trade accelerates in greater volumes. But while some companies are reaping strong benefits from their global businesses and are achieving high performance, many more are stumbling. In both cases, companies’ performance is directly related […]

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Cents and Sensorability

September 12, 2005

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View The buzz surrounding radio frequency identification (RFID) is getting louder. Last week Wal-Mart announced that its initial use of radio-transmitting inventory tags has reduced out-of-stock merchandise by 16 percent at the company’s stores where those tags are in use. According to Linda Dillman, Wal-Mart’s chief information officer, the company is able to restock RFID-tagged […]

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Electronics Manufacturing Transformation

September 12, 2005

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In the last century, vertical manufacturing strategies were still the rule for manufacturers of high-technology electronics. In 1990, the global market was worth nearly $100 billion, while less than 5 percent of all manufacturing was outsourced. A tremendous surge in manufacturing outsourcing began in the mid-1990s and continued into the 2000s. During this time, a […]

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Designing the Standard for a Healthy Supply Chain

September 12, 2005

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There is growing recognition in healthcare of value derived from effective supply chain management. Considering that supply chain operations constitute 30 to 40 percent of healthcare costs – second only to personnel costs – leaders and managers must become competent to effectively steward improvement efforts that focus on value. Decisions of consolidation, gaining economies of […]

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Enabling Sales and Operations Planning Through Technology

September 12, 2005

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The sales and operations planning (S&OP) process has been around for decades. I have discussed it in most of my presentations on demand planning and forecasting since the mid-1990s and have been polling audiences along the way. One-third of the early audiences were composed of individuals from companies that had implemented S&OP, while for recent […]

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