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Building Boeing's Dreamliner: Why All the Delays?

August 28, 2009
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

So what went wrong with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner? A new paper from UCLA's Anderson School of Management (http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/), due to be published later this year, has some ideas. Christopher S. Tang is Edward Carter Professor of Business Administration at UCLA, and one of the key authors of the report. He combined information from suppliers, the...[more]

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When Going Green in Packaging, Look at the Big Picture

August 24, 2009
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The "green" implications of a shipment go well beyond the materials that went into the packaging. It's fine to use recycled materials and shrink the size of the box to an absolute minimum. But what if that exercise results in damage to the product while it's being shipped? Then the supplier has to send out a replacement. And voila: the carbon footprint of...[more]

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Supply Chain Visibility: Lots of Talk, Little Action

August 17, 2009
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

How far do companies have to go, before they become truly "green"? A long, long way, if the results of a new survey are to be believed. According to the study by the Business Performance Management Forum (BPM) and E2open, nearly two-thirds of respondents lack the visibility needed to monitor the environmental impact of their supply chains. This despite the...[more]

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Your Road Map to Successful S&OP

August 13, 2009
By:Russell W. Goodman, SupplyChainBrain

Sales and operations planning may be the heart of tactical planning of any business, but that doesn't mean that every supply chain manager really understands how to make the process pump efficiently. Even those who do have a grasp of needed improvements often don't know how to optimize things while keeping daily operations up and running. Clearly, a how-to...[more]

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Holiday Planning Blues

August 10, 2009
By:Jean V. Murphy, SupplyChainBrain

"Retailers are still feeling the damage from the disappointing 2008 holiday season when many were stuck with excess inventory in the channel, which led to deep price discounting," says Bill McLennan, president-global operations at ModusLink, a leader in business process outsourcing solutions. One result, he says, is that retailers are reducing the number...[more]

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Wal-Mart Tells Suppliers to Go Green. Will They Listen?

August 07, 2009
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Sometimes it seems like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. issues mandates to its suppliers the way vendors hand out pens at trade shows. The latest dictate highlights the monster retailer's plan to create a "worldwide sustainable product index," based on supplier input. Wal-Mart is asking (that's the polite term) its 100,000-plus suppliers to fill out a 15-question...[more]

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Silver Lining: Is the Recession Bringing an End to SKU Madness?

August 06, 2009
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Anyone who has ever stood in the toothpaste aisle of a Wal-Mart or Target store knows what a confusing experience it can be. Which of those several dozen kinds of Crest toothpaste do you want? The one for sensitive teeth? With extra whitening? Tartar protection? Baking soda? Paste or gel? Fresh mint or cool mint? Or how about multicare? Consumer choice...[more]

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Will Hasty Supply Chain Decisions Hurt GM's Chances for Success?

August 06, 2009
By:Jean V. Murphy, SupplyChainBrain

The speed with which General Motors emerged from bankruptcy may be what Wall Street wants to see but it does not bode well for the company's long-term viability, according to Jeffrey Karrenbauer, a 40-year supply chain veteran and president of Insight Inc, which provides applications and consulting services for supply chain network design. Karrenbauer...[more]

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What Kind of Logistics Pain Are We in for in 2010?

August 04, 2009
By:Jean V. Murphy, SupplyChainBrain

Now that you have time to digest the statistic-filled 2008 State of Logistics report, it would be interesting to know your thoughts and strategies. The annual report, sponsored by CSCMP and compiled by Roslyn Wilson, was released back in June. It's chock-full of numbers documenting recession-driven declines in freight volumes and industry revenue --...[more]

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A Warning From TSA: Get Onboard With New Cargo-Screening Law

August 03, 2009
By:Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

The Transportation Security Administration is worried. TSA thinks that shippers aren't keeping up with the timetable for complying with a new law requiring that 100 percent of cargo moved on passenger aircraft be screened on a per-piece level - just like passenger baggage. Things were going well for awhile, the agency says, then the pace of compliance...[more]

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