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Despite Obstacles, Shippers Score Successes in Asia

Partnerships are the key to introducing supply-chain innovations, reducing inventory and coping with a shortage of modern infrastructure. »


The New Vendor Hub: One Step Beyond

Manufacturers are stepping up the pressure on vendors to participate in just-in-time delivery programs. Those that refuse - never mind the difficulty of compliance - are likely to lose the business.It's a familiar story to Roberts, Stephens, Van Amburg Packaging (RSVP) Inc. In 1997, the Soquel,... »


Wyse Technology: Ballad Of a Thin Client

Wyse Technology would have gotten around to outsourcing its logistics functions eventually. But the Y2K crisis hastened the decision.With dual headquarters in San Jose, Calif. and Hsin Chu, Taiwan, Wyse is among the leading providers of so-called "thin client" technology - network computer... »


Xylan Corp.: A Company At the Crossroads

Xylan Corp. is a small company on the verge of becoming big. For Catherine McCallum, traffic manager of worldwide logistics, that has meant forging a supply chain that can handle rapid growth in an industry with near-unlimited potential.Tucked away in Calabasas, just over the mountains north of Los... »


Nike Eliminates Its Hong Kong Headaches

Until recently, U.S. manufacturers in China had no choice but to ship their exports out of Hong Kong. But as Nike Inc. recently found out, that's hardly the case today.Nike has cut the cost of shipping Chinese-made footwear by moving it through the Port of Mawei. That's the closest Chinese port to... »


MedSurg Finds a Niche In Surgical Supplies

Considering what MedSurg Industries is up against in the surgical-supply business, it needs all the help it can get.MedSurg, the Herndon, Va.-based division of Isolyser Co. Inc., has found its niche in the customized surgical tray market. It makes kits containing everything a surgeon requires to... »


Hub Group Taps into Guinness Supply Chain

The most successful supply-chain partnerships often begin slowly.Eight years ago, Hub Group Inc. started out handling just one product line of the Guinness Import Co. - shipments of Moosehead beer from Canada into the U.S. But as Guinness's American sales grew, so did Hub's share of the... »


A Partnership That Deepened With Time

It took more than 10 years for the supply-chain partnership of Lucent Business Communications Systems and GeoLogistics to evolve into its current form.GeoLogistics began by performing traditional freight forwarding for Lucent BCS, which makes telephone systems for businesses around the world. In... »


In One Door and Out the Other

A major reengineering program at Micron Electronics Inc. has resulted in a better way of feeding parts to the high-tech assembly line.In April of this year, Skyway Systems opened a material logistics center (MLC) near Micron's headquarters and main manufacturing site in Nampa, Idaho. The facility... »


Canada's Club Monaco Needed 'Turnkey Solution' for New Unit

Canadian retailer Club Monaco, a recent addition to the Polo Ralph Lauren group, needed a total logistics solution when it relaunched its cosmetics business to an international audience. PBB Global Logistics had the required services and the right approach. »


Hamilton Beach Distribution Center Blends Great Location with High-tech Inventory Control

Working closely with consultant Kurt Salmon Associates, the appliance manufacturer decided that mixing its proprietary inventory management system with a new distribution center in Memphis was a recipe for success. »


Philips Medical Revitalizes Parts Distribution

Netherlands-based Philips Medical Systems revamped its spare-parts logistics network to better serve owners of its diagnostic imaging machines. These changes were in line with a larger trend in Europe, where roadblocks to centralized distribution of medical equipment slowly are coming down - giving... »


Europe is a Pain for Distribution of Consumer Health Products

Europe's widely differing regulations of the consumer health product industry pose significant obstacles to centralized distribution. For companies trying to build efficiencies into their supply chains, such as health care giant Novartis, it's a real Maalox moment. »


Lean on Automation, Mazda's Spare Parts Center Covers Europe

The Japanese car maker, which once held almost eight months' worth of aftermarket parts at its Belgian logistics center, is well on its way to keeping only a little more than two months' of spares on hand. In doing so, it has relied on surprisingly little in the way of information technology. »


Elizabeth Arden's Supply Chain Gets Dramatic Facelift

The cosmetics and fragrances manufacturer significantly reduced order-cycle times by assigning production and logistics operations to the same manager, and by implementing ISM's SPEX export documentation system. »


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