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The Supply Chain Management (SCM) concept has received much attention as a method for achieving improved customer service, better inventory management, and better overall channel management. Keiretsu, a type of Japanese business network shares many of the goals of SCM, yet is implemented much...
The paper presents a new explanatory methodology designed to capture the role of Integrated Materials Management in the world's leading manufacturing companies. This methodology is explained via the Integrated Materials Value Pipeline drawing on the earlier Porter Value Chain/System. This new...
With the “EC 1992” deadline already elapsed, the European logistics environment continues to go through unprecedented change. European shippers are making significant modifications to their distribution networks and their overall logistics strategies. Although more price/service offerings and...
The management of a warehouse facility has often been viewed as a problem in facility layout, inventory management, or logistics. Seldom has the management of a warehouse been viewed as a process of succeeding operations that can be analyzed as a unique operating production system. Yet,...
Traditional responsibility for logistical management has been fragmented throughout the organization. In the past, companies were able to control the various parts of the goods flow independently of each other because of long throughput times and by keeping considerable inventories. Today,...
Today, many Canadian firms are seeking additional profits through sales to the European Community (EC). Successful market development in Europe will first require good contacts to obtain the best distribution channels. Access to the EC can hence be complicated through lack of knowledge of...
Since the 1970s, companies have become more global, resulting in complex production and distribution networks, and in flows of goods across oceans and borders. The management of these complex systems is a real challenge. Firms nowadays face the questions: “Where is the best place to manufacture...
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