Tag Archives: Manufacturing

What’s Required to Dominate In the Service Business

September 12, 2005

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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.

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Electronics Manufacturing Transformation

September 12, 2005

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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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Interview: Marc Onetto, Executive Vice President of Operations, Solectron

September 12, 2005

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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 – […]

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Subaru Defies the Directed Parts Industry Status Quo

September 12, 2005

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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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A Small Company With Big Supply Chain Designs

September 12, 2005

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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 […]

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Pricing Parts for Profit

September 12, 2005

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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 […]

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RFID: The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain”s Newest Remedy

June 14, 2004

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Radio frequency identification (RFID) is not a recent innovation. In fact, it’s 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 […]

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The Ultimate RFID Tag

June 14, 2004

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RFID technology has recently achieved both performance and price levels that begin to make the automatic identification and tracking of items feasible. Thus, for many applications and industries it is a new technology and in the early stages of potentially wide adoption. Initial successes with some RFID trials have led to a great deal of […]

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Getting Ready for the Rebound: Leaning the EMS Supply Chain

June 14, 2004

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Perhaps better than any other manufacturing sector, the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market understands the impact of the bullwhip effect.1 Small changes in end customer demand can result in large variations in orders placed upstream. Customer orders may be buffered to ensure inventory availability in times of short supply. In time, these and other sources […]

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