WEG, Brazil – Supply Chain Modelling of European Network

WEG is a Brazilian based, multinational manufacturer of electric motors and related electrical products.  It has manufacturing units in five Countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Mexico and Portugal) and Commercial Branches in 21, covering all five continents with sales of almost three billion US dollars in 2007.  It competes worldwide with the likes of ABB and Siemens.  The company has a strong presence in Europe with sales and distribution facilities in eight Countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and...

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Regional Logistics Capability – Research and Strategy

Logistics and Supply Chain Management, potentially the “last frontier” for company’s cost reduction potential, has been heatedly discussed for over half a century. In recent years it has emerged as a key business concern and moved higher up the agenda in organisations in every industry sector. Adequate and reliable supply is the key to the success of not only battles in war, but also equally intense battles in the business arena. But does a specific region also need to develop...

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Moving up the Value Chain – India Agri-Food Supply Chains – UKIBC Report

'Nation states are engaged in a relentless competitive chase’, says Evan Davies in Made in Britain, the BBC TV series based on the book of the same name. When poorer countries gain access to modern technology and skills they are able to out-compete richer nations in traditional sectors thanks to their lower cost base. The wealthier countries then seek out high-value areas where they can be more competitive, be it through technical innovation, increased efficiency or marketing appeal. But while...

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Effective Logistics and Supply Chain Management with ERP Systems

In today’s increasingly global and turbulent markets, companies need to adjust quickly to new conditions. The ability to flexibly adjust the business processes, operations and information flow along the extended supply chains therefore becomes vital for a company’s survival and success. On the other hand, the burden of resource, process and information management has grown heavier. Most modern companies, especially large and mid-size ones, have complex organisational structures, with many resources to be controlled and many processes to be managed....

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Stock in the Retail Supply Chain: How do your strategies measure up?

Managing stock is always challenging. And nowhere more so than in retail.  Changing fashions, unpredictable weather and erratic economic conditions that have us coming out of recession one minute and going back in the next, all serve to make getting stock levels right a real headache.  And these are just the factors that are outside of our control.  Other drivers of stock – unrealistic sales targets, buying for quantity discounts, trying to fill containers to reduce transport costs and straight...

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