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U.S. Manufacturers Turn to NIST-MEP for Supply Chain Optimization

Comprehensive program helps manufacturers create a competitive advantage

[Gaithersburg, MD] September 30, 2013—The National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) has launched one of its newest programs in a continued qu… Read More

Why Peter Pan Would Never Make it as a Supply Chain Professional


Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie’s mischievous character, affectionately known for his love of pixies, adventures and staying forever young, probably didn’t have a very sophisticated supply chain in *Neverland.

Researchers at the MIT Forum Supply Chain Innovation … Read More

The Future is in the Supply Chain


The 2013 Global Manufacturing Outlook from KPMG found that “the next wave of supply chain gains will be the most dramatic yet, with a new spirit of partnership, transparency, and visibility across the value chain creating enormous economic value from a technology-enabl… Read More

5 Critical Focus Areas for an Effective Supply Chain


The volatility in the global manufacturing environment demands an optimized high performing supply chain. Lowest price, shortest lead time, or acceptable quality are strategies that can no longer be relied on by companies.

When was the last time you looked at how effectiv… Read More

Welcome to The Smarter Supply Chain Blog

Welcome to the Smarter Supply Chain Blog

Hello and welcome to The Smarter Supply Chain blog! Our hope is that you’ll explore our site and participate in the conversation around the critical nature of supply chain optimization. Our program, sponsored by the NIST-Manufacturing Extension Partnership, was d… Read More

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