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IDC Manufacturing Insights

By LM Staff · January 8, 2019
Our latest Virtual Summit tackles the most serious transportation issues facing shippers and explains what companies can do to operate smarter and more efficiently in the tightest freight environment in more than a generation.
By Michael Levans · December 4, 2018
As we do every December, we avoid “year in review” content and instead aim to help readers prepare for the year ahead through our annual virtual summit—an online educational event that puts the current market realities into context and offers logistics professionals practical advice to help streamline operations.
By Bridget McCrea · August 28, 2017
Mobile technologies are certainly changing how we track freight outside of the four walls, putting “real-time” logistics management within the grasp of many savvy shippers. However, our analysts content that we have more work to do in the areas of investment and integration into existing operations.
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By Admin · January 25, 2017
Think supply chain visibility means EDI? IDC argues, “Supply chains must look beyond traditional EDI-based visibility towards real-time actionable insights and predictive analytics.”
By Josh Bond · December 23, 2015
The next four years are likely to see a re-imagining of the manufacturing supply chain amid changing customer demands and technological innovation.
By Bridget McCrea · September 1, 2014
Our top technology analysts give us an in-depth look at the current penetration of wireless and mobility outside of the four walls and offer their outlook on the future of real-time, 24/7 supply chain monitoring.
By Bridget McCrea · April 1, 2014
WMS is now called upon to support omni-channel fulfillment and the increased use of automation that’s necessary to make it all work. Here’s how retailers, manufacturers, and distributors are continuing to drive the evolution of the market’s most mature software.
By Josh Bond · January 30, 2014
Retailers expected to pursue real-time capabilities for customized, personalized and localized customer service.
By Josh Bond · December 14, 2012
To support the productive enterprise, supply chains must embrace resiliency and become “massively multidimensional.”
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By George Kokoris · November 2, 2011
Whether in the volatility of demand, requirements for shorter lead-times, or the acquisition of new capabilities, the 'clock speed' for businesses is running faster and faster for most manufacturers these days. Yet the delivery of traditional IT capabilities are struggling to keep up.
By Jeff Berman · September 15, 2011
The emergence of cloud computing is having a direct and positive impact on manufacturers’ IT performance and subsequently supply chain operations, according to a report from IDC Manufacturing Insights.
By Patrick Burnson · April 7, 2011
According to IDC group vice president, Bob Parker, Toyota is losing $80 million per day largely due to several strategic suppliers being located in the Northeast
By Patrick Burnson · January 20, 2011
As U.S. manufacturers begin to realign their supply chains with tactical and strategic initiatives, how will the recent recession inform their decisions? That question and others is addressed in the recently issued IDC Manufacturing Insights: Supply Chain Strategies: “Top 10 Predictions.”
By Patrick Burnson · January 14, 2011
As U.S. manufacturers begin to realign their supply chains with tactical and strategic initiatives, how will the recent recession inform their decisions?
By Patrick Burnson · November 29, 2010
Since issuing its study last summer, Global consultancy IDC Manufacturing Insights contends that U.S. manufacturers are continuing their flight from low-wage outsourcing.

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