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Supply Chain Management Article Library

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… 

Oct 17, 2002

Supply Chain Redesign Requires Open Communication! – Lessons from GM’s OTD Supplier Council

I attended a meeting of the General Motors Order-to-Delivery Supplier Council, led by Dick Alagna, Director of OTD-Purchasing on September 10, 2002. The meeting was held at General Motors University… 

Oct 7, 2002

West Coast Lockout Costing $1 – $2 Billion a Day

This past week’s failed contract talks between dockworkers and shipping lines are costing the U.S. economy dearly. Estimates range from $1 Billion (by economists at Indiana University and UC Berkeley)… 

Oct 3, 2002

Key Themes Facing Supply Chain Executives

As a member of the Editorial Board for the periodical “Inside Supply Management”, I recently sat in on a teleconference involving multiple executives from different industries, including Boeing, Sealy, Raytheon,… 

Oct 2, 2002

The Hidden Impact of Inventory

Many managers complain that senior executives do not understand the importance of supply chain management (SCM). At supply chain conferences and educational seminars, the phrase “I wish my boss were… 

Sep 24, 2002

Lessons in Demand Management

Demand Management: The function of recognizing all demands for goods and services to support the market place. It involves prioritizing demand when supply is lacking. Proper demand management facilitates the… 

Sep 12, 2002

Supplier Development Strategies and Outcomes

I was recently asked by Jon Stegner from Delphi Automotive to put together some research materials we completed on Supplier Development strategies. Delphi is currently attempting to initiate this strategy… 

Sep 3, 2002

The Warehousing Management Survey

_It is safe to say that warehouse activity can be used as a barometer for how well the economy is doing. A recent “survey of warehouse”:http://www.manufacturing.net/wm/index.asp?layout=articleWebzine&articleId=CA231704&stt=001 operations by Warehousing Management… 

Aug 7, 2002

Perils of Reverse Auctions

The reverse auction — where interested parties bid a price down from an amount set by the buyers — is increasingly drawing attention as a tool to drive down procurement… 

Aug 1, 2002

Finding the “Sweet Spot” in the Supply Chain

A critical process in creating a high performing supply chain is developing an in-depth understanding of your organization’s position relative to customers and suppliers in the supply chain. By employing…