Archive for Supply Chain Network Design

An “Outside In” View of Your Supply Chain is Imperative

The best marketing executives have long worked to have an “outside in” view of their products. They want to understand how customers and potential customers think about their offerings. The supply chain profession needs to go much further to get to a similar level of maturity. New CaaS solutions can help.

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Donald Trump and the “Made in America” Supply Chain

Supply chain executives at companies with global supply chains are paying close attention to what happens surrounding import tariffs and trade rules now that Donald Trump is the President elect. On the campaign trail Trump promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and impose punitive damages on goods made in China.

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The Supply Chain Design Movement and How It’s Driving Measurable Improvements for Large Businesses

Why Is Supply Chain Design Important? There’s been a fundamental change in the way global manufacturers and distributers operate. The modern supply chain is an increasingly complex and volatile network making the impacts of change harder to determine and increasing the risks involved with being unprepared. The supply chain is a huge opportunity for competitive advantage—and risk. Supply chain design is now a must-have capability for businesses to keep up with the pace of change […]

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Why Has Amway Invested 100s of Millions of Dollars in U.S. Manufacturing? It’s Not Altruism

Many of Amway’s products that are largely sold overseas, actually leverage “Made in America” as a key selling point. This has led to a global network of plants which prioritizes investment in the U.S.

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Additive Manufacturing in the Spare Parts Warehouse is Increasingly Feasible

There has been some breathless coverage of 3D Printing’s impact on the supply chain. In the supply chain realm is has been speculated that additive manufacturing could be able to transform the spare parts supply chain. The idea is that instead of carrying a plethora of slow moving parts across a network of warehouses, these warehouses could just manufacture the parts as needed. In 2014, one expert thought this was being overhyped. Today he is seeing signs of progress.

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After Brexit: It’s Time to Model Your Supply Chain

In June the citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As a result, the political system is in a state of chaos as the various parties jockey for control. Some of the changes expected from a Brexit (i.e. British Exit) vote have already happened. A week from the referendum, the pound was down 10 percent against the US dollar and eight percent against the Euro. The UK Chancellor has said there […]

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A Guide to the Next-Step Network Modeling Process

Now more so than ever, companies understand the tremendous impact that logistics and transportation can have on their overall business performance and are taking meaningful strides to optimize their operations. And a next-step networking modeling project provides a systematic approach to driving meaningful change throughout the supply chain. Network modeling provides a decision support platform for many critical aspects of supply chain strategy and is performed in order to design an efficient and lean distribution […]

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How Will Brexit Affect Global Supply Chains?

Brexit will have a minimal impact on global supply chains. The U.S. presidential election could have a much bigger impact. And changes in EU tax enforcement, the most of all.

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Incorporating Taxes and Duties in Supply Chain Design

There are numerous ways to integrate tax and duties in supply chain design. Here are a few ways to consider both logistics and tax considerations in a holistic view for the best overall design decisions. The supply chain is core to how your business is run and its costs, profit and growth. With the increasing globalization of business, variable taxes and duties across trading borders have a huge impact on overall cost, supplier sourcing, manufacturing […]

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Strategic Planning is Critical to Dow Chemical’s Supply Chain

When it comes to bulk shipments of commodities, strategic planning is even more important than day to day operations. Without careful advance planning, logistics personnel can never hope to effectively manage logistics operations when they are stuck with a suboptimal supply chain network.

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