The recent hurricanes, earthquakes and fires around the globe show the importance of having a supply chain disaster-recovery plan, says Susan Lacefield. Here are suggestions from industry experts on improving the resiliency of the supply chain including improving facility safety.
Whirlpool, a 106-year-old company, is constantly changing and moving into new sectors, which makes its already complex supply chain even more demanding. The company has numerous initiatives and priorities aimed at improvement including regularly evolving the supply chain through upgrades and through its World Class Manufacturing and Sales and Operations Planning efforts.
Maersk Line says it will expand its current program to provide trade financing to its customers by extending financing to its customers' suppliers as well. The company says it can grant loans faster than banks.
Adapting to the cloud environment will require resellers to always look toward the next generation of technologies and solutions, says Apay Obang-Oyway of Ingram Micro's Northern Europe unit. Ingram Micro has expanded availability of the e-learning and e-training program it tested through IBM and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.
Amazon Business is looking to go after commodity markets in business-to-business sectors rather than in specialized and complex sectors such as jet engines, Evan Klein argues. Commodity-based companies should consider selling through Amazon.com's platform, but only "in tandem with an omnichannel approach -- having a physical location, effective sales force and strong digital presence," he writes.
On-demand warehousing can optimize utilization and reduce inventory costs, according to data from FLEXE. On-demand arrangements are often preferable to subleasing, which typically has longer terms, says David Egan of CBRE.
The first step to automation includes planning the robotic cell and acquiring supplementary materials such as sensors and tools, writes Samuel Bouchard of Robotiq. The integration phase involves assembly, programming and installation, he writes.
Every dollar spent on quality efforts results in a $16 cost reduction, according to a Center for Economic and Business Research study. The cost components of a comprehensive quality program are prevention, appraisal, internal failure and external failure.
Edge computing is more reliable and provides more bandwidth than cloud computing, among other advantages, Michael Alba writes. He cautions against abandoning cloud computing, which is necessary to provide centralized control.