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Speed Mismatches in the Supply Chain

By Simon Ellis – 2 Comments

  I think just about everyone would agree that the pace of business is accelerating, and that supply chain organizations are expected to be more nimble and responsive; yet, most of the things that we do, collectively, in the supply chain appear to be at odds with this expectation. Many years ago, I started thinking about the cadence, or clock-speed, of different parts of the supply chain (a concept that was popularized in Professor Charles Fine's excellent book, Clock-Speed: Winning Industry Control in

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Every year, IDC's Vertical Group conducts a large-scale survey of North American businesses and organizations to determine information and communication technologies or information technology (ICT/IT) priorities and spending. This year's survey, with 5,722 responses asked how important it is for IT vendors to have a "green offering."

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IDC Manufacturing Insights and IDC Retail Insights are in the midst of researching the relationship between manufacturers and retailers, how these companies are changing or improving the way they collaborate, and where there are new opportunities for collaboration.   If you work for a consumer packaged goods (CPG) or consumer products (CP) company, please take our very short survey.  We'll share results at Consumer Goods Technology's October conference and in their November publication, follo

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  Recent conversations with consumer product manufacturers in Australia have revealed an interesting new trend. The majority of these companies source from Chinese suppliers, and in buying for the Australian market, tend to buy small quantities of the product. This approach has worked well in the past, where Chinese manufactures were keen to get the export dollars, this is now changing. There was much discussion on suppliers rising the minimum order quantity, and in one case terminating the contract, a

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