Rising Labor Costs in China and Their Impact on the Supply Chain

“Do we move out of the Asia sphere, or is this actually where a supply chain needs to be positioned—close to an emerging market? Why would you disregard a market of this size and continue to view this portion of the globe as an export-driven manufacturing base to support western consumerism?” In, Rising Labor Costs in China and Their Impact…

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Applying Lean Principles in Process Industries

Interested in some outside perspective on applying Lean and Six Sigma process improvements in a Process Manufacturing environment? In, Applying Lean Principles in Process Industries, posted recently by Reliable Plant, the author puts forth the argument that although Lean and Six Sigma were pioneered by discrete manufacturers, the principles can be applied in a Process Manufacturing environment as well, stating,…

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House Passes Measure to Maintain Tractor-Trailer Sizes

Potential changes in legislation could dramatically affect the nature of transportation costs associated with logistic and supply chain operations. Last week CNN ran a report highlighting the passing of a house measure maintaining current tractor-trailer sizes and weights for three years. The House committee is waiting three years until a study can be completed on the potential costs incurred by…

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