Category Archive: Consumer Goods

Nov 20 2012

Who Owns Product Traceability?


Before implementing a global traceability solution, the first step is to determine who owns this initiative

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Jul 14 2011

Rewriting the Fairy Tale: In Manufacturing, the Hare Wins

Sometimes you need both speed and consistency in order to win, not just steadiness

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Apr 08 2011

Raising Awareness of the Need for Greater Collaboration

Despite the many technology breakthroughs, communications capabilities and lightening quick data networks that have now been globally deployed, manufacturers still struggle with collaborating across the enterprise and supply chain, providing the right data for the right people, who can then act upon that information in a timely manner.

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Mar 15 2011

What if Customers Ran your Production Lines?

What if we could align production schedules to actual demand sensing, to then produce output that was right in alignment with demand? Some best in class manufacturers are now building the foundation to accomplish this challenge.

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Feb 15 2011

Advanced Tracking and Tracing to Fight Counterfeiting

Having just attended a presentation on this topic, I now have a new realization at the depth and scope of this problem. By some estimates, up to 10% of all manufactured products worldwide are now being counterfeited.

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Jan 19 2011

A Perspective on how Globalization has Transformed the CPG Manufacturing Industry


From a manufacturer’s perspective, this change has been difficult and at times painful. Production became centralized in big production hubs. Suddenly, factories have had to grow their capacity, product complexity, SKUs and packaging in order to serve multiple countries, markets and consumers. Some of the previously well working processes are now inefficient.

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Nov 30 2010

Why Customers Like L’Oréal are a Success

Today we issued a press release congratulating our customer L’Oréal for winning two prestigious awards at the European Manufacturing Strategies Summit. L’Oréal’s group OEE increased 10 points across 20 plants in just over 2 years.

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Jul 07 2010

Fireworks and Explosive Technology

BP’s oil spill and the failed safety valve has taken the spotlight as a warning to poor safety, but the fireworks industry has some particularly explosive examples more directly relevant to manufacturing. Don’t let the showmanship fool you, these accidents are both deadly and expensive.

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