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Jan 23, 2003

The Future of RFID’s

When will RFID be as ubiquitous as bar codes? Today – 6.51% Next year – 10.65% Two years – 17.16% Five years – 42.01% Ten years – 13.61% Longer –… 

Jan 15, 2003

Finding a Place for Logistics Management

What are 3PLs and 4PLs? Why are companies outsourcing logistics management to them? The acronyms for Third Party Logistics (3PL) and Fourth Party Logistics (4PL) are commonly used to describe… 

Jan 13, 2003

Minority-Owned Supplier Contracts: The Right Smart Thing to Do!

Programs to stimulate growth of minority-owned businesses have existed in the United States since the late 1960s. The term minority-owned suppliers is used by the U.S. federal government to describe… 

Jan 1, 2003

Want to Improve Your Supply Chain Performance? Start with Your Suppliers!

Companies now know that suppliers of critical goods and services can provide major competitive benefits, in the form of lower costs, improved quality, on-time delivery, technological innovation, and customer service.… 

Dec 4, 2002

Transportation Outsourcing Decisions

According to a KPMG survey, almost 77% of survey respondents outsource at least 10% of their transportation functions. In addition, almost 55% of respondents outsource 91% or more of their… 

Nov 27, 2002

E-Commerce vs. E-Business

“There will be nothing in the 10-year window except e-companies. That does not mean that Brick-and-Mortar will go away. But Click-and-Mortar will become the only means of survival.” John Chambers,… 

Nov 12, 2002

Reverse Auctions: How Do Suppliers Really Feel About Them?

In September I attended a meeting of over 130 executives at a joint meeting of the members of the Drug, Chemical, and Allied Trades (DCAT) group and the Institute for… 

Nov 1, 2002

Skills for the New Era of Supply Chain Management – A Look to the Future

As we approach the end of the year, many of us are wondering what the new year will bring for us, as well as what it will take to keep… 

Oct 30, 2002

The Electronic Marketplace

Trade through e-marketplaces is expected to grow from 7.8% of e-commerce activity in 2002 to 48% of online trade by 2006. So far, 15 percent of all Fortune 2000 companies… 

Oct 23, 2002

Six Steps to a Successful VMI System

COMMUNICATE expectations of all parties. Customer must commit to sharing PRECISE information. Supplier must ensure RELIABLE transmission, receipt, and use of information. Sufficiently TEST systems before going live. Expect implementation…