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Reduce the Pain of Moving to a New Supply Chain System
Good planning ensures a successful implementation.

Customer-centric Teams
One manufacturer's competitive advantage.

Lean for Procurement and Procurement for Lean
Optimizing the entire value stream system must always be the goal.

Tracking and Traceability: More Important All the Time
The need for greater supply chain clarity and visibility is growing

Balancing Push and Pull S&OP Systems
Production and inventory management to meet today's changing demands.

Consider Vendor Managed Inventory for Your Business 
How Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) can help to reduce labor, errors and cost.

3 Ways to Get More from Today's Advanced S&OP Systems
Fortify your company's strategies, business goals and targets.

You Could Be Held Responsible For Your Suppliers' Behavior
Consumer demand and new legislation are changing--be sure you're keeping up.

Suppliers as Engineering Partners
Help identify challenges and possible solutions for supply chain partners.

Performance Measurement in Supply Chain Operations
Learn about the supply chain model that defines and links key performance indicators (KPIs) with processes, best practices and people management.

The Agile Supply Chain
Fast, flexible, and competitive responses to market change.

Tips for Better Supply Chain Communication
Listening and talking to suppliers and smart forecasting are key.

What's Your Risk Management Strategy?
Thinking about the unthinkable can ensure your supply chain is strong.

Surviving Tough Times
Operational flexibility can make the best of a challenging situation.

Managing Lean
Running an efficient operation begins with assessing and engaging your suppliers.

Can a 3PL Provider Help You?
Third-party logistics providers offer support for manufacturers. But are they worth the money?

Collaborating With Customers
Constant dialog with key clients helps prevent unexpected demand changes.

What Project Managers Need to Know
Building--and applying--skills in leadership, communication and organizational change can mark the path to success.

Reliable Forecasting and Responsive Supply Chains Reduce Inventory Risk
Recognizing the uncertainty of forecasting may help you more effectively plan stock levels.

Is 'Lean' a 4-Letter Word?
Describe lean concepts and practices without the jargon to avoid employee resistance.

Make Your Morning Meeting Work Harder
These tips can help your daily status check highlight areas of concern in the supply chain and address problems that affect operational efficiency.

Revitalize Your Brand Image
One of the topics often mentioned as part of economic renewal is restoring communities' appreciation for local industry. How can you help connect the dots?

5 Ways to Build In Quality
Building quality controls and accountability in-line can help increase efficiency.

The Manufacturing Outlook Ahead
Industry analysts project modest manufacturing growth in 2012.

Know Your Shipping Deadlines
As the holiday season approaches, you?ll need to plan for increased mail and shipping volume.

Mastering Procurement
A consistent procurement process can help you manage supplier relationships.

Protect Your Supply Chain From Natural Disasters
Take these steps to prevent storms or other events from crippling your business.

Does 'Just-in-Time' Cause Supply Chain Woes?
This technique offers extreme efficiency--as long as the process moves along as expected.

Are Your Employees Supporting Your Efficiency Objectives?
Bringing your employees into the discussion is the first small step toward large goals.

3 Steps to Earn Buy-In for New SCM Systems
Try these techniques to build your team's support behind new supply chain management systems.

Help Production Workers Share Their Knowledge
Constantly improving processes requires information sharing between the office and the plant.

6 Ways to Find and Keep Supply Chain Professionals
Broad supply chain skills are in demand, but narrow skill sets seem to be the rule. These tips can help you hire employees that meet your company's needs.

Online Solutions for Supply Chain Management
If you're looking to save money while making SCM more efficient, consider using cloud computing systems to manage both simple and complex tasks.

Do You Use a Dashboard?
Supply chain managers may find proprietary or purchased metrics-tracking software useful, but the most important factor in choosing an option is knowing what facts and trends are really worthwhile to monitor.

Can a Technical Assistance Provider Help Your Company Succeed?
Small companies may need assistance ramping up to meet customers' changing demands. Outside technical providers may be able to provide a temporary boost to help you meet the challenge.

10 Qualities of Top Supply Chain Partners
Supply Chain Brain recently published its list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners, and found they shared these traits that built satisfaction among customers and suppliers.

Supply Chain Automation May Be Key to Efficiency
The human factor continues to limit certain supply chain efficiencies, and a recent study shows manufacturers plan to automate systems for speed and security.

How to Avoid International Supply Chain Challenges
As markets continue to expand, the transportation of materials and products across borders may seem to be increasingly challenging. But work is underway to streamline the transportation processes by air, land and sea.

Successful Suppliers Focus On Demand
Competing on price alone drives eroding profitability as margins are pushed to increasingly lower levels. Knowing your customers' definition of value and competing on that basis increases your status as a preferred supplier and helps stabilize the profit margin.

Outsourcing's Total Costs
It's hard to think of a word more emotionally charged than outsourcing. On the one hand, cutting costs has rarely been more urgent, and on the other, the plight of people losing jobs has rarely been more desperate.

A Little Known Way to Go Green
Improving your environmental stewardship can help you save hard dollars and gain a competitive advantage. Customers in every industry are pursuing higher environmental standards - and to do so, they're choosing to work with members of the federal Green Suppliers Network.


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