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Sep 13, 2012
Reasons for Outsourcing Are Nearly Universal; Reasons for Choosing LSPs Are Not So Universal
“Lower costs” and “increased flexibility” continue to be the top reasons why companies outsource....
Aug 22, 2012
Going for the Supply Chain Gold Medal: Inspiration from the Summer Olympics
The spectacular 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London are over. Although the excitement is dying down, it’s great to reflect back on the US....
Aug 15, 2012
Online Stores: Don’t Settle for 'Good Enough'
Anyone who has looked at their Twitter stream as of late will tell you how difficult it is to keep up with the latest and greatest. If I tried....
Aug 08, 2012
Defining Sustainability in the Supply Chain
There are almost as many definitions of “sustainability” as there are shades of green. One thing that energy and supply chain experts....
Jun 07, 2012
Mobile Devices Amp Up Efficiency in the Warehouse
How many mobile devices do you use personally? How many do you have that help enhance your life professionally? With smartphones, tablets and other....
May 04, 2012
Cycle Counting Beats Physical Inventory Count, Hands Down
For those of you who still shut down your facility once or twice a year to review inventory, I have to ask why. With cycle counting, there is no need....
Apr 10, 2012
Inventory or Customer Demand: Which One Is Guiding Your Supply Chain?
As a friend of mine recently quipped, "This process allows your customers to do the talking and your inventory to do the walking." She was referring....
Apr 04, 2012
Top 10 Performance Indicators for Sustainable Companies
My initial intent here was to do some research and identify just a few top performance indicators that signify how "green" an operation is - four or....
Dec 23, 2011
Banish Forecasting Errors, Overstocks and High Logistics Costs
At this very moment in your supply chain, what is the current demand for any given product? It seems like you would need a magic wand to answer this....
Dec 15, 2011
Procurement Moves from Tactical to Strategic
Procurement certainly has come a long way. The simple definition of "procure" that everyone knows is "to obtain, buy or acquire." A more complicated....
Nov 11, 2011
Happy Peak Season: May Your SKUs Be On Target
It happens every year the holidays have once again crept up on us and are now right around the corner. For a lot of companies, this means revving up....
Nov 02, 2011
Chinese Consumers Crave 'Affordable Luxury' in Apparel & Accessories
With China currently boasting the #1 apparel and #2 accessory markets in the world, there's no doubt that the fashion industry there is enjoying an....
Sep 27, 2011
Acquisition Success Thrives on Supply Chain Integration: Focus on It from the Start & Avoid Uncomfortable Phone Calls Later
It happens to me almost every week. I get a call from a firm (private equity or a company that makes and ships products) explaining that they did a....
Aug 31, 2011
How to Become Intimate With Your Supply Chain
Do you have "supply chain intimacy"? If not, do you want it, and how do you get it? Or, even more basic, what exactly is it? Let me help: Supply....
Aug 26, 2011
This Quiz May Surprise You & Your Global Supply Chain
I like challenging quizzes that reveal surprising facts. Not only can you learn valuable information this way, but you also have something to impress....
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