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For many companies, the vast majority of their impacts, risks and costs lie in the supply chain.

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Friday, 07 June 2013 08:33

Amazon's Rising Fulfillment Costs

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Is there any more interesting company generally and with regard to supply chain than Amazon.com?

We think not. Obviously, the company continues to push the envelop with regards to e-fulfillment, along multiple dimensions. It continues to grow at rapid rates, reaching $61 billion in sales in 2012, a figure likely to grow to around $75 billion in 2013. Soon, it will be the second largest US retailer behind Walmart.

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Inventory has been and continues to be the lifeblood of supply chains. Properly managed, it drives revenue and efficiency for companies. But as the nature of supply chains changes, so must the policies used to manage inventory. Traditional inventory management practices are being made obsolete by increasing global supply chains and contract manufacturing, more dynamic product life cycles, and multi-channel distribution.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 08:08

IPhone 5 Costs Stay in Check

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Despite Pricier Display, Apple's Component Expenses Rise Just $9 Above 4S.

Some important components used to build Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5 cost a little more than those of the phone's predecessor, owing to an improved display and a more-advanced main processor chip.

Yet Apple was able to take advantage of lower costs on other components and kept its overall component expenses just slightly higher.

That was the conclusion of an analysis conducted by the research firm IHS on Friday.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2009 09:18

What is the Inventory cost structure

Now we know that inventory has good reason to be held, we can look at the cost structure in order to understand the cost key triggers:

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2012 Study

Although organizations must connect suppliers and customers around the globe, managing worldwide supply chains can cause cost increases and operational challenges, according to the Aberdeen Group's latest research sponsored by Syncada from Visa. The research, "2012 Best Practices for Closing the Loop on Multi-national Transportation Procure to Pay", identifies best-in-class behaviors that enable the top 20% of performers to reduce invoice cost, yet process and pay faster than competitors.

"Aberdeen recently surveyed 191 Chief Supply Chain Officers and found that more than 85% of companies have shipments crossing country borders. Transportation procure-to-pay solutions must support multilingual, multicurrency freight, as well as facilitate banking interactions across broad global geographies," shared Bob Heaney, Senior Research Analyst, Supply Chain Management, Aberdeen Group.

Read more: 2012 Study Reveals: Despite Growing Supply Chains, Top Companies Can Still Reduce Cost and Pay Quicker


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