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campbells-soup-cans-bpaCampbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) today announced steps to improve its U.S. supply chain cost structure and increase asset utilization across its U.S. thermal plant network.

A number of factors have resulted in excess capacity in Campbell's U.S. thermal manufacturing network, including significant productivity improvements, volume declines of U.S. canned soup and an increased focus on new packaging formats which are often produced under co-manufacturing agreements.

Published in Corporate

The recession was a wake-up call for industrial manufacturers, with no more double-digit growth to hide the sins of complexity, long cycle times or high inventories. Throughout 2009, industrial manufacturers focused on freeing up cash. The leaders now emerging from the downturn have redesigned their supply chains to ensure sustainable performance. But will they be the demand-driven leaders of the future?

Published in Best Practices

US Manufacturing CostCertain conditions,including transportation and energy costs, favor re-shoring R&D and production to the United States—especially for the chemicals and metals sectors.

Localizing production can mitigate supply-chain disruptions—totalling $2.2 billion in financial impacts for United States industrial products companies in 2011. A PwC analysis finds that manufacturing steel products in the United States instead of China can provide a net cost benefi t of 2% of revenue. Reviving domestic manufacturing has been at the core of lifting the United States economy through—and in the wake of—the Great Recession.

Published in Industry

US Manufacturing

There is extreme interest in the potential for a revitalization of the US manufacturing sector, an interest coming to a crescendo of sorts this week at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where a major two-day conference on the Future of US Manufacturing was held. The sell-out event included a powerful list of speakers, including US Commerce Secretary John Bryson and a number of crporate executives, and featured excellent MIT research on the topic.

The graphic below was presented by MIT's Olivier de Weck, who has been leading a significant research project on US manufacturing and its impact on the overall economy - including the interesting question of whether the US could be successful as an "innovation economy" only, where very little in manufactured here.

Published in Trends
Thursday, 15 October 2009 20:25

Why holding Inventory

Let’s start with the main concepts around inventory:

Published in Inventory Management
Monday, 16 November 2009 13:37

Push vs Pull system

The key concept in manufacturing planning is to establish the boundaries between the two following triggers:

  • Make-To-Order, e.g. pull the flow
  • Make-To-Forecast, e.g. push the flow
Published in Planning & Scheduling
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 09:59

The Master Production Schedule (MPS)

The MPS (Master Production Schedule) is the schedule program aimed at defining precisely the required quantity per period for each finished product to sell. It is the main part of the manufacturing production plan to make the supply chain work.

Published in Planning & Scheduling
Thursday, 19 November 2009 13:53

MRP (Material Requirement Planning)

The MRP - Material Requirements Planning - part of MRP-2 supply chain process - is based on the Orlicky’s theorem (1960):

  • Independant needs must be forecasted, dependant needs must be calculated
Published in Planning & Scheduling
Friday, 20 November 2009 17:56

Critical capacity planning

The capacity planning is a critical function in Supply chain planning.

A capacity is a work load that can be performed in a work center for a given period. We usually express the capacity in machines hours, labor hours or in throughput rate.

Published in Planning & Scheduling
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:52

Top Consumer Packaged Goods Supply Chains 2011

Annual Kantar Retail List Again Shows Procter & Gamble on Top, but Kraft is Closing, as Heinz makes Further Progress. What companies have the top top supply chains in the food and consumer packaged sector?

Well as usual, the analysts at Kantar Retail once again tried to answer that question at the end of 2011, picking up the work in the annual PoweRankings report that was started many years ago by Cannondale Associates, which Kantar acquired a few years ago.

Published in Industry
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