Unlike sequence-based tools for optimizing supply-chain operations, Ford's Inbound Planning Engine evaluates numerous factors simultaneously. Already, it is increasing frequency of parts deliveries to plants without adding to total costs.
Nothing is constant when the unpredictable customer rules. Companies must embrace variability, by working with channel partners to build agile supply chains.
It may be an old concept, but the internet, new software solutions and growing competitive pressures are giving "collaboration" a new and much deeper definition.
For 20 years, the high-end data storage system and server assembler had used DCs on each coast. But a self-imposed $1m penalty for unavailability of parts required a faster logistics network. Indianapolis was the answer.
An assemble-to-order business model can give customers the choice and variety they are demanding, while helping manufacturers eliminate inventory risk and better respond to fast-changing markets. However, it is not for the faint-hearted.
Motorola, Honeywell, Kodak and General Electric all have embraced Six Sigma quality programs as a way to achieve operating and supply-chain excellence.
Key Amazon.com executives in Seattle and Europe - including founder Jeff Bezos - talk about how the company's supply-chain strategies and fledgling European operations are shaping its prospects.
Consultants and 3PLs differ on whether the trademarked term is a distinction without a difference, but they agree that there is a real need for a "supermanager" to run a company's logistics, knowledge base and IT systems.
Companies have done a decent job of managing the flow of product and information. But in ignoring the financial end, they are overlooking something just as important.
Webvan Corp., with the help of its technology partners, has broken the code on guaranteed, self-scheduled home delivery. Here's how it gets the goods delivered within a promised 30-minute window and where it plans to take that achievement.
A series of successful logistics partnerships belies Latin America's reputation for poor communications, outdated infrastructure and unreliable service.
It's not easy to think of Procter & Gamble as a small company. But that's a fair description of the multinational's market position in Chile just two years ago.Cincinnati, Ohio-based P&G had been involved in a joint venture with a local Chilean paper company for the distribution of diapers and...
One of the unwritten laws of third-party logistics might be: Never say no to new business. Even if you have only two days in which to take over a big account.C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., the freight forwarder and logistics provider based in Eden Prairie, Minn., had been courting the business of...
A third-party logistics provider and truckload carrier are working together to solve problems of equipment balance and availability in Mexico.The 3PL, Transportation Management Associates Inc. (TMA) of Mocksville, N.C., relies on the trailer-pool and haulage services of Joplin, Mo.-based Contract...
Companies need quick solutions in order to keep pace with rapid growth. In the case of Sony's operations in Mexico, the time between negotiations and the opening of a new distribution center was less than four months.The Sony supply chain might have seemed sufficient to the casual observer. Prior...