Leveraging ERP for a Lean Supply Chain

Recently, a large manufacturer in Asia deployed SAP to improve its business processes and implement lean practices in its supply chain. Participants on the deployment team observed four simple ways the deployment contributed to lean manufacturing. “Lean,” in the supply chain context, requires a holistic view of procurement, manufacturing, distribution, and sales-order processing. This, in…

A Second Look at Item-Level Tagging

Can the electronics supply chain learn a lesson from the apparel industry? When it comes to RFID tagging, the evidence suggests it can. As in electronics, US and European apparel imports have been rising over the past few decades. To cater to this ever-increasing demand in a cost-effective manner, manufacturers have shifted their production from…