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Leveraging Value in the Executive Suite

This month’s issue of Supply Chain Solutions magazine features an article by Dr. Alan Kosansky and Dr. Joe Litko entitled Leverage Value. “Executive-level business decisions include a broad range of interconnected variables leading to an extensive array of options. In the supply chain arena, this often plays out as a tradoff between operating costs, working …
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Special Report: Transportation Survey 2011

With the timing and velocity of an economic recovery uncertain, many companies are looking for new ways to improve profits without risking growth capacity. One key opportunity for gaining competitive cost advantage is transportation spend. So this year, we conducted a survey transportation decision makers to learn more about their concerns and expectation for 2011. …
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Should you swap commodities with your competitors?

“Swapping commodities with other manufacturers instead of shipping internationally can greatly reduce transportation costs and boost profits. Finding the right swap partner will help you avoid the risks that are inherent in these arrangements.” This quarter’s issue of Supply Chain Quarterly features an insightful article from Alan Kosansky and Ted Schaefer on commodity swaps. “If you’re under a …
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Supply Chain: Time to Experiment

This month, Manufacturing Today magazine published an article entitled Supply Chain: Time to Experiment, which was co-authored by Dr. Alan Kosansky and Dr. Joe Litko of Profit Point. The article discusses how executive-level business decisions can include a broad range of interconnected variables leading to an extensive array of options and discusses how business leaders …
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The impact of business analytics on supply chain performance

Our good friends at DRK Research recently published an excellent white paper entitled The impact of business analytics on supply chain performance. The paper investigates the relationship between analytical capabilities in the plan, source, make and deliver area of the supply chain and its performance using information system support and business process orientation as moderators. …
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Increasing Value Across the Supply Chain

This month, Chief Executive magazine published an article entitled Increasing Value Across the Supply Chain, which was co-authored by Dr. Alan Kosansky and Jim Piermarini of Profit Point. The article discusses how optimization technologies can be used to maximize supply chain value by implementing more sophisticated approaches to standard practices such as inventory and asset …
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Special Report: Supply Chain Survey 2010

The new year is upon. But for supply chain professionals like you, many of the challenges from 2009 remain. To help our clients navigate the uncertain future, we conducted a survey in 2009. The survey included supply chain decision makers from large multi-national organizations to small domestic concerns. Our goal was to extract the top …
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Balancing Cost, Inventory and Service

This month’s issue of U.S. Business Review features a supply chain article entitled Balancing Act: Cost, inventory and service in a volatile economy. The article, which was co-authored by Profit Point’s CEO/CTO, Jim Piermarini, and the company’s Senior Account Manager, Cindy Engers, discusses solutions for preserving customer service levels, while reducing costs and inventory risks. You can read the Complete …
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Optimization Technology Review

This month’s issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive features a supply chain “best practices” article entitled The Changing Landscape of Optimization Technology. The article, which was co-authored by Profit Point’s Director of Sales, Rich Guy, and the company’s President, Dr. Alan Kosansky, reviews the optimization tools that are empowering today’s leading supply chain decision …
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Logitech Case Study

Logitech is a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, gaming and wireless devices. With a history of fast-growing distribution channels and a product line that is frequently being updated, Logitech’s key supply chain challenges are similar to those of many other consumer electronics heavyweights. Its …
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The Future of Network Planning: On the Verge of a New Cottage Industry?

“Companies are increasing their local supply capabilities while reducing the costs and risks of highly centralized, offshore production and procurement strategies.“   This month’s issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive features an informative article entitled The Future of Network Planning. The article, which was co-authored by Profit Point’s President, Dr. Alan Kosansky, and the …
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Greening Your Supply Chain… and Your Bottom Line

“If too little attention is paid to sustainability and green initiatives, profitability and survival can be put at risk.” This month’s issue of Manufacturing Today features an informative article entitled You Can Go Green. The article, which was co-authored by Profit Point’s President, Dr. Alan Kosansky, and the firm’s Director of Supply Chain Services, Ted …
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