Rebuilding U.S. Manufacturing

China has become the world’s factory because of the availability of lots of labor at very low rates, but many of these outsourcing decisions were made a decade ago and conditions have been changing . . .

For Emergency Use Only

Carrying the right amount of safety stock . . .
While safety stock is necessary for avoiding disruptions and delivering an acceptable level of customer service, it also is an easy thing to abuse.

The Other Side of the Equation

We supply chain and operations management professionals tend to think of demand as a given. It is what it is, and the job is to use resources to meet demand in the most efficient and effective way possible.

To improve or not-to improve?

Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
January 2014.
Part of the planning and justification for any improvement project – equipment upgrades, process changes, ERP upgrade or replacement, lean initiative, new product launch, etc. – must also consider timing.

Open Enrollment – The Fresh Connection

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WHAT:  2-Day, The Fresh Connection-Based Supply Chain Learning Experience WHEN:  Two-day learning program: COST:    $599 each – Individuals 10% discount / PP – Teams of 4 or 5  EVENT DETAILS Or CALL (603) 964-6903 or EMAIL dave@daveturbide.com

5-Day APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) public workshop

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WHAT:  Five-day APICS CSCP public workshop WHEN:  Saturdays in 2014 WHERE:  One New Hampshire Ave, Suite 125; Pease Tradeport; Portsmouth, NH CLASS FEE:  $1,795 / member; $1,995 / non-member.  Includes: “Learning System” materials and Lunch.  APICS Certification Testing fee not … Continued

Shipping is a critical part of business

Amazon recently announced a new agreement that will have the U.S. Postal Service delivering packages to its customers on Sundays. Does better transportation create new distribution channels and expectations, or does the demand for faster delivery spur the creation of the infrastructure?

Seasonality

Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
December 2013
In many industries, demand varies throughout the year in so-called ‘seasonal’ patterns –demand is higher certain times of the year and lower at other times in a repeating and predictable pattern. Seasonality presents a challenge for resource managers.

Electronic Kanban – a contradiction in terms?

Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
November 2013.
Kanban refers to a technique that is part of many lean manufacturing initiatives in which a physical signal triggers replenishment. When production takes a component off the point-of-use storage rack, its kanban signals another one to be delivered, thereby exchanging the manufacturing order, pick ticket, or purchase order release for a paperless, demand-driven replenishment mechanism. There are many variations in how this idea is actually implemented.

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