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Some managers may assume that improvements in service can only be achieved by an increase in stock investment and that any stock reduction will reduce service efficiency. However, it is possible to combine a reduction in stock with an overall increase in effectiveness. Unisys found that this...
Provides a short introduction to the concept of enterprise management. Enterprise management is concerned with ensuring that certain key business processes (manufacturing planning, scheduling and demand allocation) work in a much more co‐ordinated manner, so as to be more responsive to the...
The need to make forecasts is commonplace in industry. The accuracy (and hence, usefulness) of forecasts varies from one sector to another, but is rarely high. Describes an approach to the monitoring of forecasts which aims to detect significant inaccuracy and to quantify the correction(s) that...
Provides an overview of the uses and benefits in product development of early supplier involvement. Via a case study covers issues such as timing, identifying suppliers and tackling problems.
Discusses the findings of an industry working group that examined time sensitive distribution, otherwise known as just‐in‐time distribution (JIT). JIT was examined as part of the Freight Transport Association’s response to the transport debate. Reports evidence that JIT does not cause extra...
The increased efficiencies to be gained in improving logistics has pushed managers to explore a number of new ideas, technologies, and methods of information management and computerization. However, many companies in Asia are indicating that responsiveness and flexibility are the keys to...
Automating warehouse operations can be a very alluring proposition. However, it is vital that a decision to progress with such substantial investment is taken only after the deliverable benefits are thoroughly understood. This is especially important when the business environment is changing...
Provides details of the case study company’s background and highlights the need for quality of service. Describes in detail the re‐design process and the methodologies used; discusses the need to balance hard (re‐engineering) issues with soft (people) ones. Finally, details some of the...
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