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The Importance of a Good Logistics Strategy in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 15, 2018 1:19:50 PM

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 on Sep 19, 2018 11:32:24 AM


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: logistics, Supply Chain

How to Optimize Your Supply Chain—and Your Business

Posted by Steven Brand on Apr 18, 2018 9:02:42 AM

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 on Dec 22, 2017 11:40:50 AM

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: Aerospace and Defense, Supply Chain

5 Actionable Steps to Help Small Manufacturers Improve Shipping and Distribution

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 24, 2017 11:39:01 AM

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 on Feb 14, 2017 2:29:30 PM

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

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Topics: Manufacturing, Supply Chain

Is Overproduction Driving Your Labor Costs Out of Control?

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 22, 2016 2:30:02 PM

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 on Mar 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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 on Oct 27, 2015 2:00:00 PM

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

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Topics: Supply Chain

Supply Chain Visibility

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Apr 7, 2014 10:05:00 AM

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Topics: Supply Chain