Forget low-cost country sourcing as a strategy. Today, a comprehensive approach to procurement requires that companies also consider total supply chain costs and lead times. This means that the most profitable source may be close to home.
Small shipments can be costly and inefficient in China. A test of compact cargo containers shows how China's railways can improve shipment security while dramatically cutting transit times for small loads.
IBM's top supply chain security executive makes the case for industry/government partnerships and for global supply chain security standards. We are all responsible for securing global supply chains, he says.
Companies looking for higher customer service levels and lower logistics costs in Europe are designing distribution networks with a central warehouse backed up by satellite facilities in major markets.
By reorganizing and consolidating supply chain operations at its business units, Motorola is improving the three "Cs": cost, cash, and customer service. More benefits will accrue as the transformation continues.