Monthly Archives: February 2009

New Video: Has the Supply Chain Got you Shackled?

Has the supply chain got you shackled? Laugh at familiar supply chain management headaches in the comedy video series: Married to the Job— a joint production between The Second City Communications and Kinaxis. These supply chain themed videos embrace the … Continue reading

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Danger in the Chain

From supplychainstandard.com: “Recent trends in outsourcing the manufacture of goods to distant low-cost economies have significantly increased risk within the supply chain. Distance and longer lead-times have heightened the chances of interruptions in supply, with disruptions and congestion at ports … Continue reading

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Call to Adopt GHG Protocol as Global Emissions Standard

Amid continuing confusion over the scale, scope and timing of planned legislation governing carbon emissions, a leading force in the development of carbon optimisation software is warning that the entire issue could become meaningless unless all nations agree to a … Continue reading

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Logistics FAIL – Reliable Trucking

If you haven’t seen it yet, the FAIL Blog is a continuous source of true failures of all sorts and in today’s stressful world we’ve found these items can be a momentary source of immense entertainment and instantaneous amusement. There … Continue reading

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The Impact of Lean on Consumer Product Manufacturers

The real challenge to Lean, however, requires this first change, a shift in the culture. Consumer products manufacturers are early on in their Lean journey compared to companies across industry, with 56% less than a year to 3 years into … Continue reading

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Strategies to Run a Lean Supply Chain: How Principles of Lean Manufacturing Transfer Benefits to Operations

In the last several years, the manufacturing sector has moved from vertically organized structures to horizontal organizations; that is, a single company no longer controls its product from, let’s say, the mine to the store shelf. Instead, today’s companies control … Continue reading

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Applying Lean Principles to Improve Workforce Management

Using Lean principles, manufacturers have made significant improvements to their operations, from improved productivity, increased resource utilization, to a more accurate understanding of product costs. One area where manufacturers may not have thought to apply Lean is the workforce. But … Continue reading

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Thousands of Guns U.S. Sent to Afghanistan are Missing

From cnn.com: “More than one-third of all weapons the United States has procured for Afghanistan’s government are missing, according to a government report released Thursday. The U.S. military failed to “maintain complete inventory records for an estimated 87,000 weapons — … Continue reading

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ERP Study Suggests Tier II Solutions May be Preferable

The results of a 1,300 company ERP survey have been completed and the results suggest Tier II ERP solutions may be preferable to the Tier I providers especially during these tough economic times. Specifically this is because the Tier II … Continue reading

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Improving the Value of Product Data in the Enterprise and the Global Supply Chain – Take the Survey!

From Ventana Research: “Organizations trying to develop new products more efficiently and expand sales inevitably must address limitations in the ways they manage product information. As they add suppliers to their business networks, products to their catalogs and materials purchases … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Mitigate Supply Chain Risk in this Economy

From RoshanThomas: ” Nortel Networks Corp, once a telecommunications equipment giant, after years of being under tremendous pressures and trying numerous reorganization and cost-cutting actions to improve its competitive position, filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors on Jan 14th 2009. … Continue reading

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Hidden Costs Threaten Benefits of Global Sourcing

From purchasing.com: ” A series of interviews with global sourcing experts confirms the findings of a recent Procurement Strategy Council report outlining the potential damage that hidden costs can do to the savings potential of a global sourcing program. According … Continue reading

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The Hidden Risk in Your Supply Chain

From msnbc.com: “Bristlecone, one of the industry’s most trusted supply chain business advisors and solution providers, today announced the publication of a study, “The Hidden Risk in Your Supply Chain,” carried out in conjunction with Supply & Demand Chain Executive … Continue reading

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Woe Is Wii: The Curious Case of Nintendo’s Supply Chain Plans

From CIO.com: “All set planning your supply chain strategy for 2009? How are the sales forecasts shaping up? Staying on top of your customer orders? What are your collaboration plans with your sourcing and retail partners? In truth, I’m sitting … Continue reading

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Out of Stocks– You Can’t Handle the Truth!

From scdigest.com: “I was reading the recent SCDigest article Just How Big is the Out-of-Stock Problem in Retail?, and the definition of what the report called an “out of stock” reminded me of what we called in the “old” days … Continue reading

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Free Logistics & Supply Chain Publications/Whitepapers!

Browse through our growing list of relevant and free Transportation & Logistics magazines, white papers, downloads and podcasts to find the titles that best match your information needs; topics include distribution, rail and ship transport, supply chain management and automation. … Continue reading

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HR Professionals and Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management and Lean methodologies are now being applied effectively by HR professionals to ensure the talent supply chain doesn’t run into shortages or even worse, out of stocks! SCN has put together a page of free whitepapers on … Continue reading

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CEVA Logistics Provides Solutions at Daytona

CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, today announced it provided a winning logistics program for Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) at this year’s 47th Annual Rolex 24 at Daytona, the first and longest race in the 2009 … Continue reading

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