Physical Flows

Jul 9, 2019  |  Articles

Lead Logistics Provider Capabilities Will Require Customized Innovation

With the onset of cloud computing, automation, and machine learning, organizations are integrating their global supply chains, and finding themselves with more transactional data than they could have ever imagined.  The question of how to convert this data to strategic […]

May 29, 2018  |  Articles

The Lowly Wooden Pallet is a Critical Conveyance in the Supply Chain

In a recent interview, discussions with Patrick Atagi, VP for Advocacy & External Affairs at the National Wooden Pallet and Contain Association (NWPCA)  helped to educate me on just how prolific wooden pallets are in the global supply chain.  Patrick […]

Apr 9, 2018  |  Articles

Excess and Obsolete Inventory: An Outcome of a Series of Unfortunate Events!

Inventory continues to be a problem for many companies.   In particular, inventory that is considered “Excess and Obsolete” often accumulates and has to be dealt with – often at the end of the fiscal year.  During tax season, this is also […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Lean Manufacturing

A philosophy of production that emphasizes the minimization of the amount of all the resources (including time) used in the various activities of the enterprise. It involves identifying and eliminating non-value-adding activities in design, production, supply chain management, and dealing […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Packaging

Packaging has a significant impact on the cost and productivity of logistics. Inventory control depends upon the accuracy of manual or automatic identification systems keyed by product packaging. Order selection speed, accuracy and efficiency are influenced by package identification, configuration, […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Manufacturing

See: Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Layout Strategy, Reverse Logistics, Order Management, Scheduling

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Capacity Utilization

A measure (usually expressed as a percentage) of how intensively a resource is being used to produce a good or service. Utilization compares actual time used to available time. Traditionally, utilization is the ratio of direct time charged (run time […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Manufacturing Layout Strategy

An element of manufacturing strategy. It is the analysis of physical capacity, geography, functional needs, corporate philosophy, and product-market/process focus to systematically respond to required facility changes driven by organizational, strategic, and environmental considerations. Source: http://www.apics.org/ (10th ed.)

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Capacity Strategy

One of the strategic choices that a firm must make as part of its manufacturing strategy. There are three commonly recognized capacity strategies: lead, lag, and tracking. A lead capacity strategy adds capacity in anticipation of increasing demand. A lag […]

Jan 19, 2011  |  Articles

Maintenance

See: Preventative Maintenance, Total Product Maintenance (TPM)