Even in the age of recycling, forward and reverse supply chains have tended to be treated as separate disciplines. Now the world's largest retailer is partnering with major consumer goods manufacturers to help erase that distinction.
Industrial machinery production - which represents $1.6tr of the $3.8tr global industrial capital expenditure spending in 2013 - is the area to be most dramatically affected by advancing 3D printing technology, says Alex Chausovksy, senior principal analyst, industrial automation, at IHS.
"Planning for disruption" can seem like a contradiction in terms, but there are measures that food companies can take to protect themselves from the inevitable crises that threaten to derail their supply chains, however unpredictable they might be, says Brian Benjamin, senior director of strategic accounts with Havi Global Solutions.
A mere four years after overtaking the U.S. as the world's largest car market, China's automotive industry has arrived at an important inflection point. The days of growth rates above 20 percent are over, and rates may dip as low as 6 percent by the end of the decade. Several factors are driving this shift.
The maker of wireless infrastructure opted to outsource its manufacturing to Asia. In the process, it was confronted with a host of problems related to a lack of visibility and poor communications with the chosen partner. It was time to automate the process, and get everybody on the same page.
Anticipating dramatic growth in its business, the 2009 high-tech start-up acquired an optimization tool that could easily scale up in the years ahead - yet deliver a full range of services in the meantime.
The latest news, analysis, services and systems regarding service parts management and its impact on global supply chains. Today’s companies provide support services and parts for years after an initial product sale, and post-sale service can be key to securing customer loyalty and maintaining competitive differentiation. New technologies are allowing companies to increase forecast accuracy for service parts, reduce excess or obsolete spare parts inventory and enhance scrapping programs across all industries. As these services continue to evolve, businesses are discovering new ways to increase efficiency and cut costs. Learn how companies are using service parts management solutions to power their supply chains.
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