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The Ikea edge: supply chain vision of the CEO

Ikea is not a particularly open company. It is not publicly listed, and it has been known to refuse journalists and financial analysts admission to presentations, even at congresses that were open to the public. …

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Majority of Distribution Centers are Weak Link

As many as 55 percent of distribution centers make so little use of modern management methods and IT support that they qualify as weak links in the supply chain. Managers in these distribution centers are …

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Managing Project Supply Chains

The success of any project relies on the punctual, accurate and cost-effective delivery of materials, systems and facilities. Typically, a major project involves several stakeholders working together with controlled resources to deliver a completed project. …

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Lean Supply Chain Management Essentials

Presenting an alternate approach to supply chain management, ‘Lean Supply Chain Management Essentials: A Framework for Materials Managers’ explains why the traditional materials planning environment, typically embodied by an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, is …

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The New Supply Chain Agenda

Most CEOs know intuitively that profit drives shareholder value. Yet many of them fail to realise that this begins with a superior supply chain, which then translates into economic value and hence shareholder value. With …

Operations Rules

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Operations Rules

Different customer value propositions require different supply chain approaches – that is the essence of what Professor David Simchi-Levi, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, hopes to get across in his book ‘Operations …

Simply Effective

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Simply Effective

With efficiency and productivity at work currently being more important than ever before, most managers feel that they are working harder yet achieving less. Ron Ashkenas has identified four major causes of complexity in an …

Crucibles of Leadership

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Crucibles of Leadership

All true leaders have been formed by a crucial experience in their past, and most of these crucial experiences occurred outside rather than within the safe confines of work or school, and at unexpected moments. …

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Necessary but not sufficient

A great deal has been published about Baan Company, in many different media. The best-known book is the one by Mark Houben and Jeroen Wester of the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, which gives an …

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Account management in the Supply Chain

A book about customer-oriented collaboration in the Supply Chain sounds very promising, like an inspiring subject. For a long time, major multinationals in particular focused on chain control of internal collaborations with sister and parent …

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