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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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.
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 […]
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 […]
Creating a radio frequency identification system to comply with a mandate can be both challenging and highly rewarding. RFID must be implemented on a deadline to satisfy a customer requirement, rather than just to address internal business efficiency improvements. An RFID compliance mandate specifies when and how tagging must be done. Unfortunately, many companies are […]
Product content and data management (PCDM) involves a set of related disciplines, technologies, and solutions used to create and maintain consistently interpreted product data and to facilitate commercial exchange. PCDM will become increasingly important during the next five to 15 years as enterprises seek to eliminate waste and create competitive advantage. Although the business drivers […]
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is not a recent innovation. In fact, its been in use for decades, primarily using proprietary technologies in closed loop systems, such as asset tracking and security applications. Over the years, RFID has continued to evolve: New developments include open standards, lower costs, broader scope, wider commercial viability, and significantly greater […]