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 […]
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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.
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 […]
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 […]
RFID hype has taken on a life of its own. According to Wal-Mart, which has mandated its top 100 suppliers to RFID-tag their cases and pallets, RFID is the next logical step to enhance supply chain visibility. But user companies believe that current RFID projects are derailing ongoing efforts to help them cope with supply […]
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 […]