Industrial Manufacturing

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Improving Cross Border Security

Aerospace, Automotive, Cross Border, Industrial Manufacturing, Supply Chain
December 23, 2014

When it comes to commerce safely crossing borders – and keeping borders safe for trade and traffic – pursuit of partnerships between industry and governments could be the best practice. Creating public-private partnerships (PPPs) can deliver t...

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Cost Per Unit vs. Straight Line Analysis: Pro’s and Cons

Aerospace, Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing
October 13, 2014

Manufacturers need to stay flexible and adapt to global production variability while making sound decisions on transportation costs.  We’re often asked how to measure transportation savings against varying builds (seasonality, increasing/decreasin...

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Five Tips For Keeping the Commitment to Sustaining Lean Strong

Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing, Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain, Value Added Services
July 3, 2014

Most companies that implement Lean programs understand the value a Lean culture can bring. As a result, Lean initiatives typically launch with great fanfare and management support. As early successes rack up, enthusiasm runs high and engagement is st...

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Sourcing Successfully in Mexico Means Knowing the Challenges and Benefits

Aerospace, Automotive, Cross Border, Industrial Manufacturing, Industries, Safety & Environment, Supply Chain
May 22, 2014

NAFTA at 20: how to make the most of it two decades later The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) celebrated its 20th anniversary in January of this year. Now, two decades into the agreement, the overall impacts appear to be positive. Whethe...

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Inconsistent supplier packaging throwing a monkey wrench into the works?

Industrial Manufacturing, Packaging, Supply Chain
April 17, 2014

How building relationships with suppliers and standardizing packaging can help Like the problems turn-of-the-century industrial manufacturers faced when tools were inadvertently tossed into machinery, inconsistent packaging can sabotage even the h...

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A roadmap for safely navigating the boom in auto manufacturing in Mexico

Automotive, Cross Border, Industrial Manufacturing, Safety & Environment, Supply Chain, Transportation Management
March 18, 2014

Want to source smarter south of the border? Imagine a birds-eye view of a freeway at rush hour in any major American city, as the lanes fill up with every conceivable make and model of automobile. There, in the resulting gridlock and traffic snarl...

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7 Best Practices for Keeping Your Cargo Safe While Moving Across the Border

Consumer Goods, Industrial Manufacturing, Retail, Safety & Environment, Supply Chain
March 5, 2014

Whether you’re a manufacturer producing goods in Mexico or a retailer sourcing products and shipping from distribution sites south of the border, you face an age-old challenge: cargo theft. Just as trains carrying payroll shipments were targets for...

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Why visibility is essential to navigating a high-performing industrial supply chain.

Aerospace, Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing, Lean Guiding Principles, Supply Chain
January 29, 2014

As any pilot knows, visibility is essential to safely reaching a desired destination. Modern instrument landing systems can help planes land when visibility conditions are poor. However, pilots still need visual references from the runway to maneuver...

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Getting on the Road to a Smarter Industrial Manufacturing Supply Chain

Aerospace, Automotive, Industrial Manufacturing
October 21, 2013

Take a page from the automotive industry’s playbook. Few markets have been as effective at transforming processes, eliminating waste and driving continuous improvement as the automotive industry. It started after World War II when the Toyota Produ...

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Top 6 Reasons Manufacturing is Moving to Mexico

Aerospace, Automotive, Inbound Manufacturing Product Flow, Industrial Manufacturing, Safety & Environment, Supply Chain
July 16, 2013

Looking to cut transportation costs, minimize inventory & get products to market faster? Know the benefits and challenges before you take automotive, aerospace or industrial production south of the border. As the automotive and aerospace i...

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