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    January 23, 2019

    Your Complete Guide to Lead Times

    It’s everywhere. You can’t escape it. Lead time, lead time, lead time! You’ve heard it repeatedly, but has anyone taken the time to explain to you exactly what lead time is and what goes into it?

    Don’t fret, we’re here to help. It’s a complex beast, but we’ll do our best to break it down so it even makes sense to those who are just getting...

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    January 16, 2019

    A Manufacturer's Guide to International Holidays

    We talk a lot on this blog about Chinese New Year and for good reason! It’s a major multi-week holiday that puts production at a complete standstill, and if companies do not properly prepare, it could cause major headaches.

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    December 05, 2018

    Are You Ready for the Supply Chain Disruptors?

    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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    October 10, 2018

    Integrating Supply Chain Technology You Can Use Right Now

    Drones in warehouses!

    Robots delivering everything from diapers to pizza!

    Artificial intelligence and augmented reality!

    We’ve all read the breathless accounts of the ways technology is going to be integrated into the supply chain — from ordering materials, to manufacturing, to delivery. But many of those predictions of integrating supply...

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    September 19, 2018

    How to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

    When you’re here and your product is over there — wherever “over there” might be — you need supply chain visibility (SCV). An Aberdeen Group report defined SCV as “the awareness of, and control over, specific information related to product orders and physical shipments, including transport and logistics activities and the statuses of events and...

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    July 24, 2018

    Setting up a Vendor Managed Inventory Program in 5 Simple Steps

    Are you looking for ways to reduce costs, streamline ordering and ensure that you never run out of product? Uh... Is this a trick question? Of course you are!

    One tried and true solution could be adopting Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI), an arrangement between your company and your supplier to automatically replenish stock.

    It's a simple...

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    June 07, 2018

    Protecting Your Supply Chain From Disaster

    There are lots of quotes about preparedness on the internet. Some of them are humorous like this one from Mark Twain who wrote, "It usually takes me two or three days to prepare an impromptu speech." Some quotes feature sage advice like this from Benjamin Disraeli, “The secret to success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when...

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    May 22, 2018

    Tips & Best Practices for Creating A More Accurate Demand Forecast

    Overseas manufacturing is challenging enough. Distance, time zones, language barrier, cultural differences. We might as well tack on one more thing to the list: forecasting.

     

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    March 08, 2018

    How Can Blockchain Help Manage Your Supply Chain?

    If you read business news you've seen the word "blockchain." Maybe you even know what it means. This video from CNNMoney helped me understand what blockchain is and how it can help with supply chain management. Take a look: 

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    February 01, 2018

    How to Create a Supply Chain Innovation Strategy [Infographic]

    Last year we wrote about preparing your company for the supply chain disruptors described in one white paper as a "tsunami of new technology." 

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