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Jan 19, 2011

Market Analysis

See: Business-to-Business, Channel Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Customer Value, Promotions 

Jan 19, 2011

Maintenance

See: Preventative Maintenance, Total Product Maintenance (TPM) 

Jan 19, 2011

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… 

Jan 19, 2011

Insource vs Outsource

The act of deciding whether to produce an item internally or buy it from an outside supplier. Factors to consider in the decision include costs, capacity availability, proprietary and/or specialized… 

Jan 13, 2011

Business-to-Business Commerce (B2B)

Business being conducted over the Internet between businesses. The implication is that this connectivity will cause businesses to transform themselves via supply chain management to become virtual organizations, reducing costs,… 

Jan 7, 2011

Supply Chain Analytics: Part 2

On Day 2 of the SCRC meeting, Tom Holmes and Rob Ciamarra from BiogenIdec provided great insights into the effort, challenges and success factors associated with building a spend management… 

Dec 2, 2010

Supply Chain Analytics: The New Frontier

Presentations by industry speakers and student teams at this year’s SCRC meeting on December 2 were once again outstanding.  The topic this year, supply chain analytics, provided a wealth of… 

Nov 29, 2010

SEC Raids Offices of NY Hedge Funds: What is Considered "Legal Market Intelligence" in this Environment??

Last week the SEC raided many offices of small to medium hedge funds.  Research companies pay experts who provide information to their clients – typically information that is used to… 

Nov 7, 2010

Are Companies Considering the Risks of BPO?

In our recent study of Business Process Outsourcing Trends, we identified a number of other interesting trends.  First, roughly 50% of companies surveyed have continued to maintain their current back… 

Nov 5, 2010

Sustainable Supply Chains: Who's the Best (In Our Opinion)..

Students in my MBA610 Class, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, recently completed an evaluation of a set of 105 Fortune 500 companies.  The students assessed the companies using a maturity model…