Eight case studies highlight the many challenges that supply-chain executives face today, in every aspect of their operations.
A conversation with Andy Milliorn, director of operations at Daydots, a Fort Worth, Tex.-based provider of food safety products.
The impetus to examine and tweak business processes may stem from pressures from government regulation, Wall Street or any of a number of market forces. Regardless, those who have no BPM initiative are at a competitive disadvantage.
Productivity losses from the new hours-of-service rules have been less than anticipated, thanks to efforts by shippers and carriers, but both sides worry about additional changes that may be on the way.
Supply Chain 2020, a project of the Center for Transportation and Logistics at MIT, creates a framework for determining what makes a supply chain excellent now, and in the future.
To meet the ranking's exacting criteria, these companies' supply chains had to be driven by demand forecasting, use cutting edge technology and produce industry leading financial results.
Your unique logistics and supply-chain environment will dictate your RFID requirements, not the other way around. While news of RFID mandates, EPC standards and compliance requirements from industry-leading retailers have dominated world news headlines over the past year, it's time to set the...
A conversation with Larry Lapide, research director of Supply Chain 2020, a project of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics.
While many companies curb investments in new supply-chain systems and process change, some take the long view. They're spending now, to realize big payoffs later.
CooperVision was rapidly growing its contact lens business even before recent acquisitions that added significant new volume. Fortunately, the company already had a plan to increase and improve its logistics capabilities well under way.
Today's business leaders are plagued by issues. We've heard about several of them during the recent presidential debates. Insurance premiums, outsourcing, taxation, homeland security - they're just some of the topics atop the list of national concerns. Not much has been said about international...
A conversation with John Frasca, director of global logistics procurement at Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, Calif
Today's manufacturers have reaped an abundance of operational rewards, made possible by information technology. Owing to large-scale successes, the drive for continuous improvement through lean Six Sigma is moving from the shop floor to improve all aspects of business. From product lifecycle...
A conversation with Jeff Range, vice president of operations at net.com, Fremont, Calif.
Even the best companies forget that their supply chains are only as strong as the transportation system that supports them. Unfortunately, capacity constraints, high costs and other problems portend serious transportation problems. The answer is having the right transportation executive on staff...