Did you get all the chicken wings you wanted to accompany your Super Bowl experience? Thank the NHL. Did they cost more than last year? Blame ethanol. Several weeks ago, the National Chicken Council issued a warning that production was down this year due primarily to rising feed prices. Rumors of a chicken wing shortage spread like wildfire.
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The longer and the more links in the supply chain—including partners, transportation modes, and handling points—the greater the opportunities for a disruption. Further, if any sources depend on a single resource or geographic area, the effect of a disruption is multiplied.
Five week APICS CSCP study program: January 28 – February 25, 2012.
With the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program, you can take your career and organization in a new and exciting direction.
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The largest companies are global, and they rely on doing business in multiple geographies to support their operations and growth. Smaller businesses, however, often will limit themselves to their local regions because exporting seems daunting. Certainly there are hurdles to exporting, but a great deal of help also is available.
All manufacturers have inventory—in the warehouse, in the plant, and in the supply chain. And they want to reduce inventory while avoiding shortages. The key is knowing which inventory is needed and where. The “what” and “where” are as important
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Supply chain and operations management professionals have a love-hate relationship with inventory. In production, there’s nothing worse than getting ready to start a job and discovering that parts are unavailable. Likewise, from a customer service perspective, it’s impossible to fulfill customer demand without the right amount of the right inventory at the right time. People in our profession love having parts and products when we need them, but hate any amount of inventory that ties up company money; takes up space; and causes extra, non-value adding work to handle, store, count, and manage.
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Are you an executive (or do know of one) who could benefit from a better understanding of the Supply Chain, its design, organization, dynamics and management challenges?
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Two of the largest and most successful companies in the world achieved and maintain their success by mastering the supply chain. Wal-Mart took logistics to new heights, bringing big city, low prices and convenience to rural areas. Apple dominates its chosen markets through innovation but also benefits greatly from a single-minded focus on operational excellence.
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Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
A surprising variety of products have caught the focus of consumer groups and regulatory agencies and been faced with the need for a product recall.
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Don’t Fly Blind.
Although many company leaders have contingency plans for their information technology infrastructure, few professionals give the same consideration to safeguarding their supply chains.
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