Supply Chain Visibility — December, 2008

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Built Inhouse Supply Chain Visibility
Lockheed's contract to build the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter depends on a highly complex supply chain that includes hundreds of partners and suppliers of components and raw materials around the world. The demands of keeping this project on schedule and on budget require Lockheed to make sure all of its tiers of suppliers have the materials they need. Lockheed developed its own IT that not only forecasts demand for crucial materials, but it creates the visibility and collaborative connections to ensure these materials are available throughout the supply chain when and where they are needed. Lockheed is also able to aggregate orders among the tiers of suppliers to develop advantageous pricing for all partners, which lowers the cost of the entire project....
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Supply Chain Delays Continue to Bedevil Boeing 787
Boeing is expected to announce that first flight of the long-delayed 787 could slip into the second quarter of 2009 as a result of the production- line problems caused by the machinists' strike and the fastener replacement issue.
According to Reuters and the Wall St Journal, Boeing is likely to confirm...
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I.D. Systems Expands Wireless Options for Industrial Vehicles
I.D. Systems, Inc. has expanded the wireless communication options available to clients for the management of forklifts and other powered industrial trucks. In addition to radio frequency identification (RFID) capability, the company's newest systems incorporate a high-security, standard Wi-Fi option which enables vehicles to communicate over most existing wireless networks. The new Wi-Fi capability incorporates the latest network security...
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Equifax, Initiate Systems Join in Master Data-Management Offering
Equifax, Inc. has entered into an alliance with Initiate Systems, Inc. to offer software and services related to master data management (MDM). Equifax is a provider of global information systems. Initiate focuses on MDM products. Their deal calls for the combining of technology from Initiate with Equifax Commercial Information Solutions. Supported by the Initiate Master Data Service platform, the offering embeds Equifax's global commercial data-management database with information on more than 45 million businesses worldwide. Through the relationship, companies can...
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Datalogic Scanning Issues QuickScan Imager With "Green Spot" Technology
Datalogic Scanning has made available the new QuickScan QD2100 Imager. The latest model features Datalogic's "Green Spot" technology for retail, document handling, courier and postal applications. The imager works on hard-to-read, poorly printed and damaged barcodes, according to the vendor. It is designed to read 1D codes and recently adopted GS1 DataBar linear codes. The small, lightweight unit shares the same...
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Finding Supply Chain Success in Emerging Markets
Diebold, a leader in products and services for the financial industry, is finding its greatest growth in more than 90 countries around the globe, but doing business in these emerging nations is literally a different world. Change management is needed to be successful in building these markets, but it is equally important to...
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