Conquering Supply Chain Data Disparity

Conquering Supply Chain Data Disparity

Many manufacturing and distribution companies are trying to leverage data in order to solve a variety of business problems. Some companies are focused on improving delays or inaccuracies in order fulfillment. Some are trying to consolidate logistics spend or improve forecast accuracy; while others look to streamline inventory levels and more efficiently store product.…

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How Supply Chain Management Will Save Your Reward Points

After eight months of searching for a buyer, Marriott International Incorporated acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. (SPG) for a staggering $12.2 billion, creating what is now the largest hotel company with more than one million rooms globally. This merger is facing a number of technological and operational challenges, yet frequent travelers throughout the world have only one...

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Breaking Down a Truly Collaborative Supply Chain

In 1984, Toyota and General Motors (GM) created New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI)¹, a joint venture automobile manufacturing facility. NUMMI gave GM the opportunity to learn about lean manufacturing and was Toyota’s first manufacturing plant in North America. In order to be successful, NUMMI implemented the Toyota Production System and made continuous improvements to its...

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Four Reasons Manufacturers & Distributors Must Play the Digital Long Game

When people think about digital innovation today they often think of the consumer market. While most of the press goes to all the great products hitting the market, social media, and the rise of the digital native, there is a quiet revolution going on in manufacturing and distribution. I think the recent commercial by GE about a programmer getting hired by GE really nails the current thinking...

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Operational Savings Through Sustainability

We often think that sustainability means placing a couple of recycling bins in our break rooms and including anecdotes in our email signatures that urge people to consider the environment before printing messages. While those things help to divert waste from our landfills and increase awareness about the use of resources, true sustainability in the manufacturing and distribution industry...

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Why Your M&D Firm Should Get Away from its Core Competency: M&A to Innovate

In the age of rapid changes within healthcare, technology, bio-tech, and other dynamic industries, the sometimes forgotten Manufacturing & Distribution (M&D) sector continues to look to carve out new ways to produce existing consumer and industrial products more efficiently and/or to bring new products to the market. Despite being considered a stagnant industry in the minds of many...

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