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Case Study: How Big Box Retail Sales Practices Derailed a Quality Product

This three-part case study describes how a client’s retail customer was inadvertently derailing the client’s sales, the investigation to determine the exact factors and what was done to fix it. Results: Not only did the client become much higher profile to the customer’s retail staff, but going that extra mile – providing meaningful sales training

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

Top 10 Tweets of the Week (Week #48 – 2011)

Hello everyone! Below you will find our next installment of the Top 10 Tweets of the Week.  These are the “crème de la crème” of the APICS San Gabriel Valley twitter feed.  Enjoy! [blackbirdpie url=”!/TimALeanJourney/status/141562586406715392″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/HarvardBiz/status/142651752318111744″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/TheJimBowie/status/142378296917762048″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/KarenMartinOpEx/status/141931879652794368″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/jmiller_kaizen/status/142716269605556225″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/demingSoS/status/142755268063805440″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/ASUS/status/142402855398158336″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/Kevin_Meyer/status/142952352347987968″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/freakonomics/status/141958434345070592″] [blackbirdpie url=”!/ILMagazine/status/143041879716540416″]  

Top 10 Tweets of the Week (Week 45 – 2011)

Welcome to our inaugural installment of Tweets of the Week!  Given this past week we celebrated both Veterans Day as well as the USMC birthday (#236 Semper Fi!) there are a few tweets mixed in on those subjects.  The following ten tweets are the best of the best from my Twitter stream.  Enjoy! [blackbirdpie url=”!/USMC/status/134630053031059458″]

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

Importance of Strategic Sourcing

APICS defines strategic sourcing as “a comprehensive approach for locating and sourcing key material suppliers, which often includes the business process of analyzing total-spend-for-material spend categories.”  A firm that possesses high competency in this area gives it a distinct advantage over the competition.  According to a recent study conducted by the Aberdeen Group1, Best-in-Class companies ranked their top