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How 3D printing is set to shake up manufacturing supply chains

3D printing has come a long way in an extremely short span of time. Initially built by Charles Hull in the 1980s as a tool for making basic polymer objects, today, the technology has spurred remarkable efforts in several manufacturing sectors; from building intricate aircraft and race car components, to human organs and prostheses.

Improving supply chain visibility through RFID

For years retailers have relied on Radio Frequency (RF) EAS labels to help decrease shrinkage and ensure merchandise is available for customers to purchase. However, with increased competitors and greater pressures from consumers, retailers are seeking ways to further streamline operations and optimise their inventory.

Why Small Manufacturers Face a Double Whammy

Per a survey by the National Association of Manufacturers small businesses are carrying an unbalanced portion of the $2.02 trillion which federal compliance regulations burden the economy. The average U. S. Company pays almost $9,991 annually per employee in order to comply with those regulations. The average manufacturer practically pays double of that amount per employee for the year. For the small manufacturers, with less than 50 employees, the cost runs about $34,600 for each employee. The claim for this cost disparity is based upon economics of scale. A firm with only 20 employees incurs the same expense as a firm with 300 to 500 employees. The larger firms can readily withstand these costs due to spreading the costs over larger revenues and a large employee base.

Manufacturing Growth Should be Strong in 2015, 2016

Manufacturing is expected to grow 3.5% in 2015 and 3.9% in 2016, according to a new report from The MAPI Foundation.

Intelligent Enterprise is Key to Manufacturing Turnaround

In their Harvard Business Review article “Restoring American Competitiveness,” Harvard Business School professors Willy Shih and Gary Pisano argued that restoring the ability of enterprises to develop and manufacture high-tech products in America will be important in restoring our country’s competitiveness.

Global sourcing and the importance of traceable manufacturing

Traceability and tracking are two terms that are often used interchangeably, especially by professionals concerned with the procurement process. While the latter regards the action of monitoring the distribution of goods, the former concerns a firm's ability to collect data pertaining to separate entities working cohesively to create a particular product

Integrate inventory management with your processes

Lean processes, while being widely deployed in manufacturing, are only now gaining the recognition they deserve in plant and facilities maintenance. Regardless of the systems in place, the visibility and management of critical spares and MRO procurement represents in many cases the low-hanging fruit and most easily accessible savings opportunities.

Next-Shoring: New Frontier For Manufacturing?

Manufacturers have always focused on being close to suppliers and customers. To accomplish this, and to produce enough inexpensive products to meet global demand, companies have moved around the world to reach larger markets and obtain more raw materials and affordable labor.

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As a warehouse manager, you would understand that handling warehouse operations are a massive task. One small mistake may affect the efficiency and productivity of the warehouse. You must continually implement measures to optimize various warehouse processes and improve the overall effectiveness of the operations involved. Apart from minimizing downtime and increasing productivity, it is essential to improve your supply chain. Let us look at a few tips that help in achieving the same.

Robot Trucks or Autonomous Vehicles Will Revolutionize the Supply Chain

Most supply chain professionals do not completely understand the disruption and upgrades that autonomous vehicles, specifically what I call robot trucks, will create. Most cannot get past the pitfalls and possible barriers to robot trucks. I define robot trucks with a much broader perspective. I include trucks of all sizes and even internal plant material handling equipment like fork-lifts and automatic guided vehicles (AVGs). The biggest leap is that robot trucks will learn! Many doubters just cannot get past this. Although not complete artificial intelligence (AI), robot trucks will adapt on their own, to conditions and circumstances, and build an open memory of what to do.

Transform Your Supply Chain For Omnichannel

The world is in the early stages of a global supply chain revolution. The Amazon Effect. The Internet of Things. Platform Businesses. The new supply chain will grow beyond omnichannel. It will cross into other industries and markets and will incorporate supply chains of products, information, and finance. All the elements of the New Supply Chain tie together. They are not separate steps. They are not to be selectively chosen or excluded. These are inter-related. The New Supply Chain brings performance excellence.

The 4 Supply Chain Metrics

Metrics are a way to measure performance; and, in turn, communicate that information to key executives in the company.  Their value is how supply chain management is supporting the direction and strategy of the business.  It is important that they present a strategic and tactical understanding of what is happening and how well it is happening. KPIs (key performance indicators) must be measurable.  As a result, numerous metrics are about the logistics components.  Some of these are good.  However, they do not present a view of the total supply chain.  Plus, many have little or no usefulness for the C-suite.   Assessing logistics parts is a node-link approach and does not recognize the supply chain process.