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6 Tips for Creating A More Accurate Demand Forecast

March 29, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

If the only forecasting you’ve ever heard of had to do with whether you should carry an umbrella to work, you definitely want to read this post. In the shipping and logistics industries, forecasting has less to do with weather and more to do with what you need and when you’re going to need it.

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Filed Under: Inventory, Supply Chain Management, Forecasting

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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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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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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7 Tips to Improve Global Supply Chain Security [Infographic]

May 05, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Building and refining your supply chain may feel like a mammoth task, but the work doesn't stop there – especially if you're operating on a global scale. Securing your network entails more than lock and key. It involves collaboration, understanding and ensuring that trust exists between you, your suppliers and other vendors. It means everyone is working toward a common goal, your eyes and ears are always open, and you are quick to adapt to change. Below we've compiled a list of seven tips to help you work toward global supply chain security.

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Supply Chain Management (SCM) in Times of Crisis

April 28, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

We published a piece recently discussing supply chain crises and how to anticipate and plan for them. (Missed this post? You can check it out here.) Today we're following up on this topic with specific questions to ask your organization to determine if you're actually equipped to handle a disaster, as well as the leadership skills needed to sufficiently manage and resolve a crisis from start to finish. Let's get started!

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How to Anticipate and Survive a Supply Chain Disaster

April 19, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Heard of Murphy’s Law? Don’t worry, it’s not likely that everything will go wrong, but you should be prepared for unanticipated or unplanned crises. It may be every SCM's worst nightmare, but all is not lost if you actually have a plan in place! You'd probably be surprised by how few companies have contingency plans drawn up for dealing with such situations. A crisis is any occurrence that disrupts the usual flow of your supply chain in a major way and/or for an extended period of time. Read on to learn how you can be better prepared for disasters, and pick up some survival tips to help you bounce back in a jiffy. 

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Filed Under: Supply Chain Management

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