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When it Pays to be a Rule Breaker

When to be a supply chain rule breaker, nun with ruler

By Mark Schmit

Most of us spend the majority of our lives learning “the rules” in one form or another, learning how things work and why, and why we should keep doing them the way they’ve always been done. It’s useful information, I think we could all agree but, in the im… Read More

Supply Chain Visibility

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If manufacturers understand the importance, why aren’t more able to incorporate it?

By Terry Weiner, MEP Supply Chain Optimization team member

In most of the surveys we see about supply chain challenges, it is supply chain visibility that consistently ranks near th… Read More

Good Fortune or Strategic Opportunity?

Total cost of ownership strategies, fortune cookie

By Mark Schmit, MEP National Accounts Manager

Every once in a while, a person (or maybe a project) just happens to be in the right place at the right time. You can call it fate, kismet, plain old good luck, the blessings of a sixth sense, the byproduct of the stars aligning, or any n… Read More

The Key to a Synchronized Demand Driven Value Network—Start with a Good Supply Chain Strategy

Supply chain strategies, highlighter on value word

By Chuck Spangler, COO, South Carolina MEP

The research shows that only 8% of companies around the globe have a supply chain strategy. How do you know if you have a successful or efficient supply chain without a plan? A study by Georgia Tech shows that a company’s stock price d… 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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