Hypercom Corporation (NYSE:HYC) today announced its intention to outsource its manufacturing and consolidate its assembly, software, repair and maintenance functions globally to drive improvements in product quality, quickly adapt to changing market needs and reduce costs. A number of these activities are already in process or substantially completed.
June 30, 2007
Management Dynamics, Inc., a leading provider of global trade management solutions, today announced the availability of a complimentary new research report from the Aberdeen Group entitled Global Trade Management Strategies: Surviving Growing Complexities in 2007 Aberdeen surveyed more than 200 enterprises for the study, according to which:
–Companies that currently have import or export compliance automation are 1.4 times more likely to have reported increased customs clearance speed over the past 2 years
–Companies that currently use a global supply chain visibility platform are twice as likely to have reduced total landed costs, lead times and lead time variability from international locations over the past 2 years
Stature QLM solution aims to fill the quality gap in PLM by allowing stakeholders to take proactive approach, collaborate on quality across the supply chain
By Editorial Staff
Software provider Dyadem has taken the wraps off an enterprise solution intended to help manufacturers increase their competitive advantage by better managing quality throughout the lifecycle of a product.
The new solution, dubbed “Stature,” is an enterprise “quality lifecycle management” (QLM) application designed to let stakeholders across the enterprise, from design to manufacturing, collaborate in real-time and improve quality, compliance and communication across a global manufacturing enterprise.
June 29, 2007
Procurement may not be rocket science, but it still demands constant attention, creative thinking and the application of strategic sourcing policies.
Until recently, many companies regarded procurement as a low-priority activity ruled by gut feelings and the black art of negotiation. But the application of technology to support strategic sourcing can make a radical difference to a company’s understanding of its procurement processes and the potential savings and benefits they can provide.
June 28, 2007
As regular readers know, earlier this year we took on the subject of supply chain best practice, asking if there really was such a thing. (See What is Supply Chain Management Best Practice?) That led to lots of feedback, and a column that summarizes that (See Readers Respond – Supply Chain Best Practice).
Fortunately for me, that second column led to still more feedback, which we highlight here, because there are again some insightful responses.
In truth, I was going to do a review this week of Dave Blanchard’s book “Supply Chain Management Best Practices,” a copy of which he kindly sent after the first column. The plan was to combine that review with some reader feedback, but I found there just wasn’t room, so it’s feedback first, the review a bit later this summer.
What does it take for a US$60 billion high-tech giant like Dell Inc. to compete in today’s margin-hungry personal computer market? “We are always looking for ways to take out waste, to take out time and take out costs, and then passing those savings along to our customer,” says Dave Schneider, continuous improvement engineering manager for Dell Americas operations.
To meet these goals, Dell relies on a unique supply chain strategy that gathers large volumes of customer information through its direct-sales model and shares it with internal procurement and sales departments, as well as external suppliers.
LogicTools, a division of ILOG® (NASDAQ: ILOG, Euronext: ILO, ISIN: FR0004042364), today opened registration for its sixth-annual symposium, Supply Chain Excellence 2007: Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain. The event will address how trends, including outsourcing, off-shoring and lean manufacturing that focus on reducing supply chain costs, can significantly increase the level of risk in the supply chain. Attendees will take part in an expanded conference program tailored toward identifying key sources of risk in the supply chain as well as strategies and tactics for managing that risk in their respective industries.
The conference will be held on September 27 in conjunction with LogicTools’ annual user conference on September 28 at The Metropolitan Club at Sears Tower in Chicago. Speakers include leading supply chain authority, Mark Hillman, Research Director, AMR Research, Sharan Singanamala, Strategic Logistics Planning Manager, GE Healthcare, David Simchi-Levi, Co-founder of LogicTools and Professor of Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jean-François Abramatic, Vice President and Chief Product Officer, ILOG.
Piet van der Vlist of RSM Erasmus University designed a retail supply chain that is better and cheaper than the usual one. In the retail supply chain most of the product value is created upstream at the supplier.
By extending the Newsvendor-formula it can be proven that from the point where most of the value is created, inventory should move all the way downstream. He will defend his PhD thesis ‘Synchronizing the Retail Supply Chain’ on June 29th, 2007 (Friday) 16:00 hours at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
NYK Logistics (Americas) Inc, an affiliate of Japan- based Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has opened a logictics centre in Norfolk, Chesapeake in Virginia.
The cross-dock facility comprises more than 130,000 sq ft on 35 acres of land. The structure will have 182 dock doors, and over 770 parking slots designed to streamline port-related distribution and development activities.
Young’s Seafood has started implementation of forecasting and production planning software through TXT e-solutions to optimise supply chain response times and facilitate accurate planning across its entire business.
The £1m overhaul of its IT systems is expected to halve its long-term forecast error rate and improve the way it serves its retail customers. The project will enable the company to cut waste and ensure retailers get exactly what they need.