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As manufacturing goes global, initiatives to standardize processes and key performance measurements across the enterprise to unite the greater supply chain are emerging. The main catalyst? Driving down costs in response to customer and market pressures. However, mid-size companies in particular are driving performance improvements with a more proactive, strategic vision for improving performance than reactively responding to cost pressure.
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Supply chain-centric organizations face unique challenges in today’s rapidly-changing marketplace. A variety of macro-industry factors, combined with the dynamic nature of their business, have made operations increasingly complex. As a result, there is an urgent need for tools that enable complete visibility into and enhanced management of inventory and related events and activities.
Today, as more and more organizations strive to improve productivity and profitability by dedicating the bulk of their resources to their core competencies, many of them are looking for efficient and cost-effective ways to outsource ancillary and support activities. Nowhere is this trend more prominent than among supply chain-centric organizations such as retailers, wholesalers, distributors, and manufacturers.
Corning Cable Systems offers the broadest range of end-to-end fibre optic and copper product solutions for telecommunications networks. Corning wanted to improve their supply chain to reduce inventory levels (thereby adding to bottom line savings) and reduce overall administrative costs- all without expensive or time-consuming investments.
Chase & Sons has been delivering innovative engineered products and processes to the wire and cable industry for over 50 years. They supply General Cable with specialty tapes. In the past, Chase & Sons would allocate resources for 'emergency handling' of orders which took time away from planning and other more strategic functions.
General Cable operates 28 manufacturing locations in 8 countries and is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products. Their products are widely used in communications, energy, industrial and speciality markets. General Cable has nearly 300 suppliers of raw material for their US operations.
Demand planning software packages can help manufacturers to: establish baseline sales forecasts, incorporating multiple inputs; perform sophisticated analysis that improves their use of human and capital resources; optimize pricing capabilities; and better understand their markets and customers.
Business Community Management is a strategic vision that creates a comprehensive view of the supply chain by integrating the technology, business processes and communication of the entire business community to facilitate end-to-end supply chain visibility. This white paper will examine the current state of B2B communication; detail the steps needed to mitigate the challenges created by B2B; and more.
Major retailers and mass merchandisers are turning up the pressure on their trading partners and even other retailers to implement Global Data Synchronization (GDS) within their organizations. These advocates see GDS and participation in the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) as the best path to improving the timeliness and accuracy of their supply chains, particularly once these efforts are broadly supported across the retail supply chain landscape.
When companies adopted Just-In-Time (JIT) tactics, they did so primarily to reduce inventory costs. For the most part, this strategy worked. Reducing stocks of raw materials, parts, assemblies and finished goods reduces carrying costs, allowing companies to invest the freed-up funds in more productive assets and projects.
The challenges presented by multiple Value-Added Networks (VANs) and managing diverse trading partners create barriers to the efficiencies promised by EDI. Multiple providers mean multiple points of failure with no one entity to hold accountable. Also, as trading communities grow, end-to-end supply chain visibility becomes an essential operational requirement.
No enterprise is an island. Goods and services flow in from suppliers. When you include suppliers of wares for raw material extractors, along with recyclers that turn consumer and commercial waste into new raw materials and finished goods, it is a supply chain with no beginning and no end.
In this white paper we do not make specific recommendations for manufacturers to follow; rather, we present suggestions for competing effectively in a fast-paced industry. From adopting lean manufacturing practices to strengthening bidding and quoting processes, opportunities exist for companies to grow and thrive despite relentless cost pressures.
This white paper outlines ways that technology can help manufacturers meet these challenges, increase operational efficiency, and step ahead of competitors with more proactive planning, greater shared visibility, and more agile and more profitable responses to change.
Until recently, many high-tech manufacturers – especially small and medium-sized businesses – have been able to survive by applying 80% of their operational focus to 20% or less of their critical customers and suppliers. That was then. The new mandate from channel masters is for more intense, collaborative relationships with fewer suppliers.
This white paper addresses business and technical decision-makers for ambitious companies in which product distribution and transportation play key roles in daily operations and profitability. It describes how the comprehensive, integrated management solution represented by Supply Chain Execution for Microsoft Dynamics AX can help build an integrated logistics solution.
The CPG manufacturing industry is large and thriving; however, margins are slim and competition is furious. There are hundreds of product categories, and to compete, firms must constantly innovate. How can the small-to-medium CPG manufacturer survive in the face of the same external pressures and fewer resources?
This paper introduces various supply chain concepts and explains their importance. It describes initiatives being undertaken by the largest retailers and reviews what small and mid-size firms need to do to compete.
Saddled with a home-grown business-management tool originally designed for its retail business, the Best Buy for Business sought a solution that would support its extensive outside sales force and would provide a commercial CRM solution it could sell to business customers. Best Buy for Business found both in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Today's competitive, agile business demands anytime/anywhere connectivity and access to real time data. Outdated technology, security concerns and compliance requirements are forcing companies throughout industries to consider migrating to advanced wireless systems for supply chain operations.
External forces can knock your business off balance with no warning. To meet these external challenges, you need the capability to extend supply chain visibility, respond to changes in real time, and improve performance measurement across the entire chain.
American Dairy Brands, a $300M division of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) which is the largest U.S. dairy cooperative marketing over 45 billion pounds of milk per year, has achieved substantial supply chain savings through Infor's Supply Chain solutions. Infor has given Dairy Farmers of America the ability to successfully manage the supply chain to drive service levels to greater than 99% for their Borden-brand cheese products.
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