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Inquiries and Insights on Supply Chain Collaboration

September 12, 2005

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In late 2003, Accenture published a cross-industry paper, “Connecting with the Bottom Line: A Global Study of Supply Chain Leadership and Its Contribution to the High-Performance Business.” Among the report’s conclusions were two particularly salient findings. First, a direct, statistically viable connection was made between supply excellence and increased market capitalization levels. In effect, the […]

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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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The Evolution of Enterprise Mobility: Five Predictions

September 12, 2005

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In case anyone hadn’t noticed, the wireless revolution is in full swing. Yet for many executives, there’s still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding what is sure to be a force that will rival – or even surpass – the Internet in its impact. Wireless capabilities are already enabling broader use of voice and data […]

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Lucent Illuminates the Path To Collaborative Success

September 12, 2005

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The Transition to a More Leveraged Model Lucent Technologies, a global leader in the development and deployment of advanced communications networks, owned and controlled most aspects of the design and manufacture, implementation and support of its products. By early 2000, Lucent’s business units had long-established processes for parts numbering, product design and local communication on […]

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready to Enable Profitable Growth and High Performance?

September 12, 2005

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Growth is clearly back on the executive agenda. Yet executives increasingly find that growing profitably is extremely challenging due to the complexity and volatility characteristic of today’s business environment. Further complicating matters is the fact that, after several years of intense focus on cost reduction, most companies’ supply chains are operationally efficient but are not […]

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Global Sourcing: Insights and Opportunities From China and Beyond

September 12, 2005

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Sourcing goods globally – developing strategies, capabilities and formal processes for acquiring materials from the most effective use of resources regardless of location – is not a new, or even revolutionary, practice. Many companies have been doing it for years. Recently, however, there have been large increases in: 1) the number of companies seeking to […]

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Next-Generation Logistics Networks

September 12, 2005

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The term “on demand” is graining mass appeal among software vendors who sell their software as a service. The movement, fueled by IBM’s marketing efforts, has captured the imagination of the software industry. Software manufacturers and software consumers have accepted the emerging trend as a viable alternative to large-scale, client-server custom solutions. The transportation management […]

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Quick-Change Supply Chains

September 12, 2005

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We may never see a television series about supply chains. However, nearly everyone is familiar with Survivor, where the best players develop fast-changing strategies to outdo competitors and persevere through shifting conditions. “Outwit, outplay, outlast” is the show’s motto. So perhaps Survivor can be viewed as a good model – a template, in fact – […]

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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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