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Just-in-Time (JIT) & Just-in-Case (JIC)—Which Inventory Strategy is Right for You?

Posted on 11/21/23 8:11 AM

In postwar Japan, Taiichi Ohno was tasked with rebuilding the Japanese car market from scratch. Known as the father of the Japanese Toyota Production System (TPS), Ohno inherited limited raw materials in a fledgling automotive market—the behemoth Fordesque assembly lines employed in the U.S. were too sprawling for Japan’s compact approach.

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Topics: shipping, manufacturing, supply chain, JIC, JIT

Despite Trucking Setbacks, Mexico Top U.S. Trading Partner as Peso Rises

Posted on 9/18/23 3:11 PM

Fairly or unfairly, many movies set in Mexico, or partly in Mexico, often feature banditry or other cartel unpleasantries which, of course, could be said of any other country in the world. Yet lately, Mexico has experienced a surge of crime directly affecting a major segment of their supply chain—ground transportation, or more precisely, the over-the-road trucking industry. While the U.S. has its own cargo theft issues (240 cargo thefts in the first six months of 2023) with the most pilfered states being California, Texas, and Georgia respectively ($360,000 per heist), Mexico’s cargo thefts are off the charts.

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Topics: shipping, supply chain

Electrical Cord & Component Manufacturing, Accessory Power, and Warehousing

Posted on 1/23/23 8:35 AM

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Topics: designing for export, Accessory Power, supply chain, Global Markets

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