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  • Engagement and Empowerment Mastery for Happier Supply Chains

    • Terence T. Burton
    July/August 2017

    Better employee engagement and empowerment remain a mirage for many organizations. Most executives are committed intellectually to these goals; however, on a day-to-day basis, these professionals tend to push cultural niceties further down the list of immediate priorities. Plus, too often businesses ripple through cycles of engagement and empowerment that turn out to be unsustainable.......Read More

  • The Supply Chain- Finance Connection

    • Gary A. Smith
    July/August 2017

    Recently, I was part of an APICS job task analysis committee for the Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution designation. At one point, we developed an elevator speech to describe supply chain management. After a couple of revisions, it looked like this: “Every organization has a supply chain. The most effective and efficient ones are closed-loop systems for moving, storing and configuring products, starting with raw materials and ending with a satisfied customer. Whether information or physical goods, nothing happens until something moves.”......Read More

  • Could Blockchains Help Uncover Product Pasts?

    • Richard E. Crandall
    March/April 2017

    As a supply chain manager, wouldn’t you like to know everything about your products’ histories, including the origin of individual materials at the mine or farm, who fabricated or assembled each item, how and when the products were transported, who approved or certified their quality, and dozens of other bits of information? Of course you would. But most companies have too many products, and most supply chains are too complex, to track completely and with 100 percent certainty.......Read More

  • Certified Suppliers Keep Sourcing Efforts on Track

    • Kris Beck
    March/April 2017

    Historically, the relationship between a company and its sup- pliers sat somewhere along a continuum from a mutually beneficial strategic partnership to an adversarial dynamic in which buyers squeezed suppliers to achieve the lowest possible pricing. However, for the past 30 years or so, the best companies have been embracing an approach first modeled by Toyota Motor Corporation that takes a strategic view of supplier relationships and continuous improvement and leverages the competitive advantages that can only be achieved by working closely with suppliers. These businesses have discovered that engaging suppliers as collaborators—instead of adversaries—enables their supply chains to operate more effectively.......Read More

  • Mission-Critical S&OP

    Raytheon enhances integration, inspires learning, and boosts the bottom line
    • Elizabeth Rennie
    July/August 2016

    Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) has 28 locations worldwide producing weapons, sensors, and integration tools that support mission-critical areas including air and missile defense; land- and sea-based radar; naval ship operating systems; command, control, communication, computer, surveillance, reconnaissance, and intelligence systems; and other advanced technologies. In addition, IDS offers air traffic management solutions, sonars, and torpedoes.......Read More

  • Demand-Driven, Collaborative People Supply Chains

    A trend in IT could benefit many
    • Atish Dasgupta
    • Ravichandran Guruswamy
    • V.G. Venkatesh
    January/February 2016

    Today’s business professionals are heightening their focus on the value of human resources, proper people acquisition, and their optimal allocation to various projects. Smart company leaders recognize that employees are the most effective means to combat complexity, competition, shortened life cycles, risk, inefficiencies, cost pressures, and ever-intensifying customer requirements. As a result, more organizations are enjoying the significant benefits that can be gained by superior planning and management of their “people supply chains.”......Read More

  • Dismantle the Battle Stations

    Easing the sources of conflict between supply chain and technology functions
    • David Aquino
    September/October 2012

    At many organizations, the IT and supply chain partnership has become a competition. Acknowledging the limitations and constraints of outsourcing and redefining operating strategy between supply chain and IT are two ways to move forward. ......Read More

  • Meaningful Lessons from Apple

    The value of integrating innovation and operations
    • Philip E. Quigley
    January/February 2012

    Apple would not be where it is today without also having a superb operations and supply chain management organization. There are valuable lessons therein, which every operations or supply chain management professional should learn.......Read More

  • A Brilliant Hue

    Using red teams to challenge your processes
    • Philip E. Quigley
    March/April 2011

    Red teams are groups of subject matter experts with various, appropriate backgrounds who review products and processes, act as devil’s advocate, and role-play potential actions of outside agencies. Can companies use red teams to adapt new ideas? ......Read More