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  • Bird Flu: Profitable or Problematic?

    An epidemic might actually stimulate profits for some companies, provided that their supply chains are resilient enough. March 13, 2006

  • Monitoring China Supply-chain Risk

    Directly or indirectly, many companies rely on components from China; Sun Microsystems takes a statistical approach to evaluating the risks. March 2, 2006

  • A Case for Fatter Supply Chains

    Adding a bit more inventory and time into lean supply chains could bolster shareholder value and profitability during hard times. February 9, 2006

  • A Trade Secret Comes to Light, Again

    Globalization and customer consolidation are spurring renewed interest in trade-credit insurance. November 1, 2005

  • Supply Chains in Katrina's Wake

    Even for companies far from the storm, Katrina may eventually result in billions of dollars in lost revenue. Business-interruption insurance may help them recoup their losses, but the hurricane also offered a reminder on the limits of ''lean and fast.'' September 22, 2005

  • How Barter Can Aid Storm Victims

    Long used to solve an array of marketing problems, "corporate trade" deals can enable companies to wring value out of unused goods. With some creativity, such deals could also help out those hurt by the Gulf Coast catastrophe. September 22, 2005

  • Dream Catalog

    New software presents a single, up-to-date version of product information. September 12, 2005

  • Capital Ideas: The 2005 Working Capital Survey

    Despite cheap credit and surplus cash, companies still find plenty of reasons to improve operational efficiency. September 12, 2005

  • Inventory: How Fast Is Too Fast?

    A new supply-chain metric, which could help managers gauge the right speed for asset turnover, may be a compelling reason to move to activity-based costing. August 18, 2005

  • Sensors Working Overtime

    Wireless tracking devices are radically transforming how businesses monitor vital equipment. August 3, 2005

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