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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ASCET: Solectron has implemented lean logistics extensively. Have you achieved a pull model of demand-centric inventory with this approach? Marc Onetto (MO): Lean logistics is a journey, not a destination. If you asked Toyota today if they have perfect demand-centric inventory, I think they would tell you that they still have things to improve […]
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 […]
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 […]
In their pursuit of high performance, one of the most powerful and least leveraged tools that companies have is price. The reason is simple: price increases usually reach the bottom line in one piece, while the advantages of lower unit costs or higher sales are diluted. Thus, for a company with 10 percent […]
Today, the concept that the service business can be the profit engine for product manufacturers and resellers looking to achieve high performance is not new or even particularly insightful.
Many companies, such as Caterpillar and General Electric, have understood this premise for decades and they have driven their bottom line with service profits. Others, such as Dell and Home Depot, have recently scaled up their service capabilities to capture profit while simultaneously growing their top line.
The time was October 1991 on the U.S. eastern seaboard. A rare combination of forces unleashed Mother Nature’s power, which in meteorological terms, was referred to as a perfect storm. While meteorologists marveled in its fury, those caught in the devastating storm would likely have chosen a different adjective to describe the event. Today, companies […]
OATSystems, Inc. is the leading provider of EPC software solutions for the High-Resolution Supply Chain. By capturing, managing, and distributing EPC information, OAT empowers an enterprise for the first time to manage and optimize manufacturing and distribution operations based on a high resolution view of product movement within the supply chain. The Problem […]
Fourth-party logistics (4PL) has finally moved from concept to reality. Despite dramatic improvements in service offerings and systems, supply chain costs have continued to rise and manufacturers and distributors are constantly in search of new means to minimize these costs. With its ability to consolidate the management and control all aspects of a corporations supply […]