We Won’t Take it Anymore: A Return Materials Authorization Case Study

Excerpt of Case Study: The company had three North American return material authorization (RMA) receiving facilities: two in Southern California and one in Mexico. Monthly, the three facilities were receiving approximately 120 RMA shipments, amounting to almost 2 million pieces with a dollar value of $1.5 million. At the start of the project, $250,000 in

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PDM Tour of Major Fulfillment Warehouse on Monday, October 5, 2015

The major PDM tour that we have been promising to our APICS clients, and that we have been negotiating for the past six months, is now a reality. Please join us on Monday, October 5, 2015, for a tour of a major fulfillment warehouse. We are not at liberty to divulge the organization by name,

QR Codes: Relevance in the Supply Chain?

So, just what are QR codes and why are they so popular?  First, a little background.  QR stands for “quick response” and the technology was created in 1994 by Denso Corporation.  Denso is currently the largest automotive parts supplier for Toyota Motor Corp.  Toyota utilized QR codes to track vehicles as they moved through the

Item Numbers: Meaningful and Nonmeaningful

According to APICS, an item number is “a number that serves to uniquely identify an item.”  Every raw material, component, WIP and finished good must be assigned an item number for ease of identification, traceability, countability and costing.  There are generally two types of item numbers:  Meaningful and Nonmeaningful. Meaningful item numbers provide the following advantages to