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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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The Missing Link – Operational Performance Planning

September 12, 2005

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Manufacturing organizations looking to leverage their supply chain and operational investments must automate cross-organizational performance planning processes to enable operational performance management. The reason – the lack of nimbleness and automation in existing sales and operational planning (S&OP) processes have stunted management’s ability to drive change efficiently. Responding to new initiatives and meeting new business […]

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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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Maximizing Fleet Effectiveness

September 12, 2005

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Whether you are the U.S. Postal Service, a major city, state agency or a public utility, effectively and efficiently managing your heavy vehicles and equipment fleet can drive substantial cost savings and service improvement for your business. Fleet management and fleet operations have generally not been viewed as ripe for innovation by nontransportation businesses – […]

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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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Adaptive Business Networks: A Strategy for Change and Efficiency in Manufacturing

September 12, 2005

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Business strategy has reached a turning point in which two opposing forces must be reconciled. At one end of the spectrum is the need for stable, efficient processes in a company. At the opposite end is the need for instant adaptation to rapidly changing business conditions. Efficiency without adaptability means solving yesterday’s business challenges at […]

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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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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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Kinaxis Focuses on Operational Performance Management

September 12, 2005

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Assessment Increasingly, OEMs, manufacturers and distributors are realizing that their decisions regarding demand, supply, capacity and products can carry unintended consequences. Often they make decisions without anticipating what prove to be inevitable trade-offs, such as the effect that taking an unplanned order may have on purchase cancellations and overall profitability. The source of the problem […]

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