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How IoT is Creating Logistics and Supply Chain Efficiency

June 09, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Consumers are a demanding bunch. They want what they want and they want it now! They also want to know where their product is at all times. Think about it: If you can implant a chip in a dog and know where it is when it runs off, why can't you do the same thing with a load of product on a ship, train or truck? Or even a specific product on a pallet or in a box?

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck on a U.S. Highway near Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 5, 2015, Daimler Trucks introduced the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, the world´s first autonomous truck to be granted a license for road use. (Photo courtesy of Daimler)

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Filed Under: Logistics, Technology, Supply Chain Management, Internet of Things, Innovation

5 Tips for Building Supply Chain Redundancy

May 26, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Let’s say you’re a sourcing manager for a manufacturer. The company’s part/product is in production and things are going well. In fact, they’re going great! Things are going so great that you’re starting to get a little concerned. What happens if one of your machines goes down, you run out of a key material or some disaster — natural or man-made — affects your production?

You, my friend, are out of luck.

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Filed Under: Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain Redundancy

Why You Must Plan Early for Chinese New Year

May 19, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

If you're a regular blog reader you might have read the title and said, "It's TOO EARLY to start reading about planning for Chinese New Year!" And you're sort of right.

It's true you don't have to get your orders in for Chinese New Year (CNY). That would be overkill. But it's not too early to look at the calendar and strategize about how to avoid hiccups in your product flow as a result of the holiday.

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Filed Under: Logistics, China, Supply Chain Management, chinese new year, Shipping

Are You Ready for the Supply Chain Disruptors?

May 15, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You wouldn't start out on a road trip without your GPS or a good road map, would you? So why face your future supply chain without an idea of what to expect?

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Filed Under: Supply Chain Management, Robotics

A Podcast Round Up | Advanced Manufacturing, Supply Chain + Innovation

March 23, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Are you a fan of podcasts? I am. I love hearing experts share the who/what/where/when/how of their field. I've always heard that you learn something new every day. With podcasts, that's certainly true. 

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Innovation

What Lurks in the Future for Supply Chain Management?

November 22, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

It’s that time of year when companies begin looking back with an eye toward assessment. Over the next few weeks “Best of” lists will swirl around like leaves falling from the trees. But it’s also a time when companies, especially those in the predicting business, look forward.

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Filed Under: Supply Chain Management

7 Scenarios When Air Freight is Justified

September 06, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

We know, we know. Air freight is the absolute worst. It brings on a headache – the kind that makes your temples pulse. It kills your soul. It makes you wonder whether there's any goodness left in this cold, heartless world. But sometimes it's a necessary evil we have to embrace. Below we'll talk about seven of those times. So feel better in knowing that you're not alone. There are others who swore they issued that PO only to realize it took an unfortunate vacation in their outbox.......

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Filed Under: Logistics, Supply Chain Management

3 Benefits of Using a Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI) Program

September 01, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Vendor-managed inventory (VMI) is a product replenishment arrangement whereby a supplier either monitors the customer's inventory with its own employees or receives stock information from the customer. The vendor then refills the stock automatically, without the customer initiating purchase orders (source). This type of program boasts several advantages for both buyers and suppliers – read on to learn the top 3 benefits you can expect to reap.

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Filed Under: Supply Chain Management

East West Supply Chain Management: Who's Handling Your Cargo?

August 11, 2016 by Jennifer Catalan

Looking at the photo below may bring the question to mind, "Who's handling my cargo?" If the answer is East West, you can breathe a sigh of relief because we have everything covered. East West Manufacturing is your end-to-end supply chain management solution.

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Filed Under: Logistics, Supply Chain Management

Improve Supply Chain Visibility in 5 Easy Steps

June 09, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Supply chain visibility (SCV) is the ability of parts, components or products in transit to be tracked from the manufacturer to their final destination. According to TechTarget, the primary objective of SCV is to improve the availability of data to stakeholders and customers alike, ultimately strengthening and improving the supply chain.

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Filed Under: Supply Chain Management