As new technologies transform manufacturing from an activity defined by hardware and logistics constraints to one that's largely defined by software, supply chain leaders will have to completely reshape their product manufacturing and design processes. Most look unprepared to meet that challenge.
A distribution center designed to support retail stores may not have what it takes to meet the demands of direct-to-consumer fulfillment. The right material handling equipment can help retailers efficiently serve both channels.
Whether you're choosing a new member of a board of directors or are a candidate yourself, following these guidelines will help to ensure the board includes people with the right skills and attributes for the job.
Retailers are well aware of the benefits of applying radio-frequency identification tags to individual items, yet relatively few are doing it. That could quickly change: Omnichannel retailing, the author argues, will make adoption of item-level RFID imperative.
Agilent Technologies' "control tower"—an information hub linking the instrument maker with its suppliers to provide inventory visibility—has helped the company deftly model parts availability, manage order promising, and counteract parts shortages during a natural disaster.
At Intermountain Healthcare, Brent Johnson oversees a remarkably wide range of activities--everything from warehousing and transportation to sustainability and laundry services. Bringing all that and more under the supply chain umbrella, he says, leads to better service at lower cost.