Radio frequency identification is accelerating a trend to move business intelligence to the edge of the enterprise. It is a trend few companies will escape and understanding the infrastructure is essential to success.
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.
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.
Tracking and measuring the performance of various supply-chain functions is necessary but not sufficient for today's extended enterprise. Tying that performance to corporate strategic goals and closing the loop on execution to ensure continuous improvement are keys to effective performance management.