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The Importance of a Good Logistics Strategy in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand

In 2005, the Council of Logistics Management changed its name to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals to add differentiation between logistics and supply chain management. Why? Because logistics is a component of supply chain management (SCM). While SCM is focused on the “big picture,” logistics is only concerned with the storage and flow of goods inside and outside the organization, from point of procurement to point of consumption.

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Topics: Supply Chain, logistics

Supply Chain Management and Logistics: What's the Difference?

Posted by Steven Brand

 

Are supply chain management and logistics the 21st century’s answer to George Gershwin’s famous lyrics “to-mayto, to-mah-to”? Today, many manufacturers treat the words as one in the same, and often use them interchangeably. Complicating matters further, what is considered supply chain management (SCM) in the U.S. is known as logistics management in Europe. However, while the words share commonalities, they are very different concepts meaning very different things.

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Topics: Supply Chain, logistics

How to Optimize Your Supply Chain—and Your Business

Posted by Steven Brand

Supply chain management has long been used to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, and increase customer satisfaction. Today, many companies even believe that a lot of competition within the manufacturing sector is not just about who has the greater product or better brand, but who has the best supply chain.

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Topics: Supply Chain

3 Steps to Lower Supply Chain Costs for Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand

The global aerospace and defense (A&D) industry grew by 2.4% and generated about $674 billion in 2016, according to a Deloitte 2017 study. California alone was responsible for generating $62 billion a year in revenue in 2014, according to a 2014 California Aerospace Industry Economic Impact Study. The supply chain is a critical component of aerospace and defense manufacturing. In the face of challenging competition, industry manufacturers are aggressively looking for ways to improve processes, lower costs, and achieve long-term operational performance through supply chain optimization.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Aerospace and Defense

5 Actionable Steps to Help Small Manufacturers Improve Shipping and Distribution

Posted by Steven Brand

Small manufacturers feature a different set of considerations from their larger counterparts. These are small businesses that are privately owned and operated, typically featuring a small number of employees.

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Topics: Supply Chain

Are Manufacturers Overlooking the Importance of Logistics?

Posted by Steven Brand

Do you have any employees in your manufacturing operation that have been in the military?

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Topics: Supply Chain, Manufacturing

Is Overproduction Driving Your Labor Costs Out of Control?

Posted by Steven Brand

In today’s manufacturing environment, we know that getting the product to the customer in a timely manner while keeping the cost of production and delivery as inexpensive as possible is one of the top goals.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Lean Manufacturing

Why Agile Supply Chains Are Important to Reducing Disruptions

Posted by Marjorie Dunn

It’s no secret.  We’re living in an unpredictable world. Since the collapse of the financial markets in 2008, the business landscape changed forever.  Manufacturers have been scrambling ever since to figure out how to keep afloat, remain in business and, if lucky, actually turn a profit.  Creating an efficient and agile supply chain has been a key issue for businesses with respect to how to do just that.

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Topics: Supply Chain

5 Quick Tips about Supply Chain Management

Posted by Ellen McKewen

Cost, performance, quality and value are
all encased under the supply chain umbrella.

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Topics: Supply Chain

Supply Chain Visibility

Topics: Supply Chain