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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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More
Jul 29, 2011

Food & Beverage Looks Closer at Supply Chain, Distribution Channels to Quell Rising Costs

Ketchup, french fries, soft drinks, cereal, milk, coffee, and sugar. No, this is not my grocery list; it's just a sampling of food and beverage (F....More
Jul 21, 2011

Are Good Intentions Creating Negative Effects on Transportation?

A few days ago, I read the Supply Chain Consortium's latest report, Domestic Transportation: Finding the Right Balance of Volume, Capacity and....More
Jun 18, 2011

China as a Global Supply Chain Hub? So Much Has Changed in 40 Years

In the early 1970s, I was a fresh-faced, new Ph.D. with big dreams, empty pockets, a beard and little hair. Four decades later, I've got a company I'....More
Apr 15, 2011

The Path to Profitable Growth is Paved with Supply Chain Core Benchmarks

Do you know how your company matches up with the competition? This question may appear to be deceptively simple. Yet, if you want to end up with the....More
Apr 09, 2011

It's Time to Get Back on the Supply Chain IT Horse

Every day, we hear about the latest gadgets, software, electronics and technologies that promise to enhance our lives. And what you buy as cutting-....More
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