Manufacturing

Nintendo: How a Customer-Centric Philosophy Affects the Supply Chain – Part 2

While modern companies focus on providing exceptional service, Nintendo continues to focus on extraordinary products with a Customer-Centric approach. In our last post, we began exploring the reasons behind Nintendo’s history of not meeting consumer demand. Many of its gaming consoles, software, peripherals and promotional items in the last 20 years have seen instances of …

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Lázaro Cárdenas Container Terminal: The New Mexican Logistics Hub

Mexico continues its rise as an important global logistics hub with the opening of a new container terminal at the Lázaro Cárdenas port, earlier this month. There are ten reasons why this is important to companies with supply chains in South America. Lázaro Cárdenas is Mexico’s busiest port and considered one of Latin America’s most …

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Will North America Be the Next Outsourcing Destination for Manufacturing?

Dongguan Win Win Industrial, a Chinese shoe factory that makes high-quality shoes for large American chains, is looking to the U.S to source its manufacturing. Wall Street journal writer Andrew Brown wrote about the story on Tuesday as the growing trend of nearshoring for outsourcing solutions develops. The case Brown looks at isn’t isolated. Other …

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3 Reasons to Improve Transparency in Your Supply Chain

Transparency has been the promise of many CEOs and businesses in recent years. That’s for good reason, customers want to know where the products and the parts came from. “Consumers, governments, and companies are demanding details about the systems and sources that deliver the goods. They worry about quality, safety, ethics, and environmental impact” writes …

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Canada’s ELD Mandate Expected to Boost Intermodal Rates Later This Year

Canada’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate is set to affect intermodal transportation favourably in rates, fuel prices and capacity. This is based on the Intermodal Competitive Index (ICI) of the freight transportation forecasting firm FTR. Earlier this week, the condition of intermodal versus truck was described as ‘moderately favourable’ according to freight transportation forecasting firm …

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Trump Pulls Out of TPP – Is NAFTA Next?

Earlier this week, newly inaugurated president Donald J. Trump withdraws from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Hence, the U.S withdrawal from the 12-country agreement effectively rendered seven years of negotiations a waste. Pulling the U.S out of TPP was one of Trump’s campaign promises. Though, aside from the possible global-political ramifications of the action, what many …

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eBook: Offshoring, Nearshoring, Reshoring – What’s the difference?

Outsourcing is business strategy of contracting work out to a third-party. Companies use outsourcing to gain access to cheaper labour, larger specialized labour pools, and/or obtain other benefits through an economy of scale. The term encompasses both the setup of a subsidiary, and the off-site activities of a company. For decades, companies used outsourcing strategies …

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Santa Readies His Workshop for the Holidays and by Santa, We Mean eCommerce Operations

eCommerce operations is the true Santa’s workshop and its logistics and supply chain professionals that scramble during the holiday season to make sure that your gifts and goodies arrive just in time for the holidays! Most people are readying themselves and their bellies for the holidays, logistic providers are readying themselves as well. eCommerce businesses …

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5 Tips for Supply Chain Professionals to Survive, and Succeed, The Holiday Season Logistics Peak

November is almost at an end. As December nears, the holiday peak looms for many distribution centers. The season will be the busiest for us in logistics and transportation thanks to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas Eve, and Boxing Day. Customers will be expecting to receive their purchases and gifts with little hassle. This means …

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Autonomous Cars Driving Change in Automotive Manufacturing & Supply Chains

The long road to commercially available autonomous cars is almost at an end. A number of things will be changing when that happens. Chief among the changes is the way automotive manufacturers invest and sell their products. What separates an autonomous car from a regular car is the onboard computer. Behind that technology are companies …

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