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Making Manufacturing Easier for the Makers

Ayah Bdeir and her five-year-old company, littleBits, have become stars of the maker movement by emphasizing simplicity and ease-of-use. The company, which makes color-coded, interchangeable parts that snap together to form ready-to-use electronic circuit…
Ayah Bdeir and her five-year-old company, littleBits, have become stars of the maker movement by emphasizing simplicity and ease-of-use. The company, which makes color-coded, inte… http://gil-efents.gilcommunity.com/blog/making-manufacturing-easier-makers/

Sir James Dyson, Nalco Co., and Chirch Global Manufacturing Win Top ML100 Awards

PALM BEACH, FL -- Three manufacturing leaders who distinguished themselves by forging innovative new business models and advocating forcefully for their industry were recognized last night with top honors in the eighth annual Manufacturing Leadership 100 …
PALM BEACH, FL -- Three manufacturing leaders who distinguished themselves by forging innovative new business models and advocating forcefully for their industry were recognized l… http://gil-efents.gilcommunity.com/blog/sir-james-dyson-nalco-co-and-chirch-global-manufacturing-win/

Lean Inventories Will Make You Pay

Over the years, I've been a proponent of many tenets of lean manufacturing. But there's one lean principle I just don't buy: lean inventories. Carrying inventory is the cost of doing business, I believe. A business spends working capital on stock so that …
Over the years, I've been a proponent of many tenets of lean manufacturing. But there's one lean principle I just don't buy: lean inventories. Carrying inventory is the cost of do… http://gil-efents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/lean-inventories-will-make-you-pay/

Customer Service: Take a Lesson From Best Buy

As companies strive to reduce costs, streamline the supply chain, increase efficiency, lower inventory, and undertake other improvement efforts, it is important that they keep a keen eye on customer service. Several high-profile retailers and e-tailers ha…
As companies strive to reduce costs, streamline the supply chain, increase efficiency, lower inventory, and undertake other improvement efforts, it is important that they keep a k… http://gil-efents.gilcommunity.com/blog/customer-service-take-lesson-best-buy/

Data Sharing: It’s All About Trust

It’s a basic tenet of faith in supply chain circles that data can substitute for inventory, and that the best way to improve supply chain velocity, efficiency, and performance is by sharing data throughout the supply chain. As an example, providing suppli…
It’s a basic tenet of faith in supply chain circles that data can substitute for inventory, and that the best way to improve supply chain velocity, efficiency, and performan… http://gil-efents.gilcommunity.com/blog/data-sharing-its-all-about-trust/

‘Big Data’ as a Strategic Resource

A recent article published by McKinsey and Co. (www.mckinseyquarterly.com) explores the emerging use of what it calls “Big Data” as a strategic resource for enhanced competitiveness. The article cites a retailer using point-of-sale data plus tight links w…
A recent article published by McKinsey and Co. (www.mckinseyquarterly.com) explores the emerging use of what it calls “Big Data” as a strategic resource for enhanced c… http://gil-efents.gilcommunity.com/blog/big-data-strategic-resource/

Decoupling Supply and Demand

A pure build-to-stock production model means that the customer expects immediate shipment from inventory when the order is received and processed. Make-to-order is when the customer is willing to wait through the full manufacturing cycle before the produc…
A pure build-to-stock production model means that the customer expects immediate shipment from inventory when the order is received and processed. Make-to-order is when the custom… http://gil-efents.gilcommunity.com/blog/decoupling-supply-and-demand/

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