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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...[more]

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...[more]

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...[more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

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...[more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

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. [more]

Kmart Smooths the Kinks From Snarled Reverse Pipeline

When retail discount giant Kmart set out to remake itself into a tighter, more streamlined company, it found a significant opportunity for savings in its inefficient system for handling returns. The solution: centralizing and outsourcing reverse logistics operations.[more]

Frans Maas Keeps Parts Flowing to AutoEuropa

A thriving logistics partnership between Dutch frieght forwarder Frans Maas and a Portuguese auto plant is giving new meaning to the term "just in time."[more]

U.K. Brewer Turns to Canada's Numetrix for Supply-Chain Help

A potent mix of changing consumer tastes and legislation that forced it to sell much of its pub business caused Bass Brewers to radically tighten up its supply chain. It called in Numetrix to provide the needed technology. [more]

Mikasa Redesigns Distribution To Match Retail Demands

To meet changing retailer requirements and sales growth demands, tableware designer Mikasa built a new, highly automated distribution center in Charleston, S.C., adopting an unusual design that conserves both energy and space. [more]

Ocean Carriers Share Assets to Reduce Costs, Enhance Service Offerings

Shipping alliances allow carriers to realize economies of scale while providing customers with more frequent sailings and faster transit times. Some critics, however, question the competitive results. [more]

Global Sourcing Helps Home Depot Keep Prices Low, Quality High

Home Depot has centralized its import operations, opened a major import distribution center in Savannah, Ga., and installed purchase-order and import tracking software from RockPort Trade Systems to support its continuing, rapid-fire growth. [more]

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