Archive for Production

How 3D Printing Can Alter the Supply Chain

I woke up on Sunday morning, made some coffee, and then logged on to Amazon.com and conveniently made a purchase from my couch. This simple set of two common daily tasks got me thinking about additive manufacturing (3D printing) and its potential to transform both current business models and their supply chains. My colleague Steve Banker has written on Logistics Viewpoints about 3D printing, its use for additive manufacturing and potential impact on logistics, and […]

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The Contribution of Supply Chain Networks To Smart Manufacturing and Industrial IoT

In my keynote, I stressed that Smart Manufacturing initiative around the world, are all inspired by research that indicates that manufacturing growth, competitiveness and resilience are directly correlated with high technology intensity and manufacturing complexity as well as quality.  These three key factors can be improved and maintained by investment in product, process and productivity innovation.  The smart manufacturing initiatives around the world (for example Industrie 4.0  Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (US), or Horizon 2020 (EU)) all aim […]

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Is Supply Chain “The” Source of Greater Economic Stability?

On Saturday I engaged in a rare weekend activity for myself – I actually thought about supply chain. I thought about the transition from “push” processes to greater use of demand pull in replenishment; how retailers are sharing downstream POS data with their suppliers to develop a more efficient supply network; how multi-echelon inventory optimization is now widely adopted; and how lean manufacturing and inventory management practices have evolved. In general, I was thinking about […]

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New Analytics Approaches for the Industrial Internet of Things

I attended my first ARC forum a few weeks ago.  Having been immersed in presentations and panels for three days though, there was something almost Schrödinger’s cat-like in the air about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  The two apparently contradictory states are: IIoT is real!!! Oh. I thought there was more to IIoT than that…? So I definitely get the sense that people are less skeptical than last year about the Industrial Internet of […]

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The Links between Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Management

I wrote a Logistics Viewpoints article in October that discussed how Diageo has transformed its supply chain from a cost savings function to an enabler of growth-driving innovation. This case discussed how supply chain was elevated to a strategic level due to its critical role in executing new product introductions. I found the connection between product introduction and supply chain to be interesting, so I reached out to my colleague Dick Slansky to obtain his […]

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