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Supply Chain Management Article Library

Feb 24, 2003

How Mature Is Your Supply Chain?

Recent economic events have forced many managers to confront an important message: the old model of managing supply chains is broken and simply doesn’t work anymore. Industries from automotive to… 

Feb 19, 2003

So what! (Web Site Statistics)

On a worldwide basis, Mondays account for 15.0 percent of internet traffic for the week. Saturdays generate 13.5 percent. Source: DarwinMag.com Mondays are a mere 1.5 percent more popular to… 

Feb 13, 2003

Internal benchmarking: Looking in the Mirror

According to www.dictionary.com, benchmarking is “to measure (a rival’s product) according to specified standards in order to compare it with and improve one’s own product.” Benchmarking is typically thought of… 

Feb 11, 2003

10 Reasons Why You Can’t Automate Human Relationships – Part 2

As discussed in Part I, there are no shortcuts in automating human behavior. Based on my insights and discussions over the last year or two, I realized how this theme… 

Feb 5, 2003

Who Can Do IT?

By 2005, spending on IT outsourcing services worldwide will increase at a five-year compound growth rate (CAGR) of 12%, exceeding $100 billion USD By 2005, 30% of the Global 2000… 

Feb 1, 2003

Ten Reasons Why You Can’t Automate Human Relationships – A Guide for Supply Chain Managers, Part 1

I recently received the following email from Tom Linton, Chief Procurement Officer of Agere Systems, stationed in Singapore. “Bob, I bought your book [Supply Chain Redesign] this weekend and started… 

Jan 30, 2003

Implementing Best Practices

Best Practice: an overused cliché meaning something that everyone wants to use, but no one knows how to define. Many people start the New Year with a resolution, “a course… 

Jan 27, 2003

10 Reasons Why You Can’t Automate Human Relationships – Part 1

I recently received the following email from Tom Linton, Chief Procurement Officer of Agere Systems, stationed in Singapore. “Rob, I bought your book (Supply Chain Redesign) this weekend and started… 

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…