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Over the last several weeks, my students and I have been discussing the new global marketplace and what businesses must do to survive and prosper. When these young people graduate and enter the job market, their world is going to be full of danger and opportunity.......Read More
The Customer Supply Chain (CSC) organization at MillerCoors is responsible for creating the demand and supply plans and managing fulfilment processes, including Customer Relations and logistics. As a joint venture between two brewing companies, CSC employees must successfully operate dual supply chains—each with its own methods, structures, and languages.......Read More
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We’ve all heard the famous slogan “there’s an app for that.” As more and more people around the globe make use of the mounting list of application software, the providers of such tools will no doubt continue to devise solutions to enhance our lives. As supply chain and operations management professionals, we are similarly focused on enhancing business processes, so perhaps our mantra should be “there’s a process for that.” Better yet: “There’s an improved process for that.” ......Read More
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In the last edition of this department, we discussed determining if your sales and operations planning (S&OP) needs a revamp, reawakening, or reboot. Now, it’s time to use kaizen to make the desired improvements, keeping in mind that even successful processes can move to the next level with some simple strategies.......Read More
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