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.
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 […]
The RFID marketplace has seen many promises, but limited delivery. High expectations for supply chain and retail applications run rampant. Companies are looking for the most cost-effective and efficient way to apply technology to solve their issues. Hitachis role is to quantify and qualify our customers unresolved problems and then assist them in using technology […]
ASCET: What is the Electronic Product Code Network? Kellam: Most of the communications on EPC are about the cheap tag and the agile reader. Both the cheap tag and reader are very important, but comprise only two parts of the five-part EPC Network. The EPC Network works with: EPC tags and readers, object name service […]