There’s no getting around it – Waste Connections Inc. is a large operation and there are a lot of pieces to manage to keep it running smoothly. The company provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services to more than 1 million customers in 30 states. It mainly targets residential and commercial customers in secondary and suburban markets, but through its R360 Environmental Solutions subsidiary, it also is a leading provider of non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment, recovery and disposal services in several of the most active natural resource-producing areas in the United States. Additionally, Waste Connections offers intermodal services for the movement of solid waste and cargo containers in the Pacific Northwest.
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The global supply chain team at Vertellus Specialties Inc. welcomes exceptions. Because, as the team’s director, Hugh Mitchell, explains, exceptions are really just areas to improve.
“When we’re looking at reports and dashboards, it helps us to zero in on exceptions, because exceptions equal opportunities for cost savings and reduced expenses,” Mitchell says. “Detailed analysis creates a focused objective leading to results. At any one time we have a number of projects going on, whether it’s a detailed distribution cost analysis, or recycled inventory improvement, [or] improving our shipping time.”
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Sears Holdings Corp.’s product delivery operations are unmatched when it comes to size, scale and omnichannel integration. The company, formed in 2005 after the merger of national retailers Sears, Roebuck and Co. with Kmart Holdings Corp., has long specialized in providing products of all sizes to its customers where and when they need them.
“The ability to effectively deliver products not only into our retail network but into homes is a distinct advantage of our supply chain,” Chief Supply Chain Officer and Senior Vice President Bill Hutchinson says. Sears is a home appliance, tools, lawn and garden, apparel, consumer electronics and automotive repair and maintenance leader, known for its Craftsman, Kenmore and DieHard brands.
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Like a healthy tree, Roseburg has roots that run deep and branches that spread a great distance. For more than 75 years, Roseburg has been one of the biggest names in lumber and wood products, with the nation’s largest sawmill in terms of capacity and the broadest selection of green wood building products in the industry. Thanks to the steady growth the company has experienced since its founding in 1936, Roseburg has a footprint in the industry that spans more than 600,000 acres of sustainable forest and a national distribution network that supplies customers across the nation.
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Imagine flipping a light switch and having to wait an hour before the light came on – that’s what an inefficient supply chain can feel like. The lights do eventually go on, but in the meantime you’re sitting in the dark. If that’s the case, odds are there’s a problem somewhere in the wiring between the switch and the light, and it needs to be found and fixed before the lights can work the way they’re meant to.
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As one of the global leaders in such technology, FEI has operations spread around the globe, and so keeping its supply chain operating with maximum efficiency is a top goal.
As Carl Douglas, senior manager of supply chain quality, explains, keeping FEI’s supply chain at peak performance is not something that the company can do alone. He says FEI relies on the strong bonds it has created with its suppliers and partners to maintain a high level of efficiency and live up to the company’s definition of supply chain success. “Success is when we’re 100 percent in line, and that would mean our products are coming on time and to the quality expected at reasonable and fair prices,” Douglas says.
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It takes a lot of expertise to successfully design a complicated piece of machinery like a lift truck, and Crown Equipment Corp. knows how important this knowledge is. “Award-winning design does not happen by accident,” it declares.
“Crown does thorough research into how operators and businesses use lift trucks, examining every component to assure our forklifts deliver optimal productive use,” Crown states. “This process results in an line of IC and electric lift trucks that have earned the reputation for unsurpassed quality, ergonomics and serviceability.”
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For many supply chain managers, the products they are responsible for do not lose their value in a few days. But for those in the foodservice industry, the freshness of their products is paramount. So working with distribution experts to provide products and ingredients to more than 100 locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica and Dubai needs to be a reliable strategy for Cosí Vice President of Supply Chain Jennifer Silveira.
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