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We just published our report on supply network optimization – "Best Practices: Supply Network Optimization in Asset-Oriented Value Chains (AOVC)" (MI220746).  Our research was geared toward asset-oriented manufacturers (those with significant asset investments, primarily chemicals, metals, and pulp and paper), because we believe complexity in this segment's greater supply chain, including production, can be well served by supply network optimization (SNO).  Optimization tools will play a sig


GM Opts to Keep Opel

By Benjamin Friedman

GM’s decision not to sell its Opel division to automotive-parts supplier Magna International Inc. has generated discord with workers’ unions in Germany, as well as the German and Russian governments. Union and legislative protest against GM’s decision will peak in the short term. Nevertheless, Opel’s non sale provides a glimpse of GM’s forward strategy in locations such as Eastern Europe. Moreover, the company’s choice not to divest Opel is a reflection of GM’s incr

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Sustainability - SAP's Push to See the Data Clearly

By Kimberly Knickle

Catching up on work after travel in the end of October and some time off, I'd like to return to one of the events I recently attended in New York City – SAP's World Tour.  After a lead in presentation about how SAP can help companies achieve "business clarity" and plenty of references to seeing clearly, I began to formulate the title a la Bob Parker, our VP in Manufacturing Insights and a fan of song titles for his articles – something based on the song "I Can See Clearly Now". 

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  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    Kimberly Knickle says:
    Good question.  I think manufacturers are working to retain those employees that are willing to change with the business and with the technology that's increasingly part of their everyday life.  But no data to prove that theory, unfortunately.
    4 months ago
  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    delger says:
    Based on the data shared above, how important is it for Manufacturers to engage and retain their current employees?  And are you seeing a trend in that regard?
    4 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Jeff Hojlo says:
    Thanks for your comments - agreed.  Nice article, and I look forward to our next conversation.
    Best Regards,
    5 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Antony Bourne says:
    I agree with your comments in the webcast and also am of the same opinion, and think that manufacturers need to take small steps on this journey since it is not an on/off switch that they need to use, but a process in which they make improvement after improvement since a lot of learning will happen along the way.
    I also have written a blog…
    5 months ago

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