One of the world’s leading mass media companies, CBS Corporation is known for the creation and distribution of industry-leading content through a wide variety of platforms. But what is not as well known is the important and evolving role that supply chain, procurement and strategic sourcing play in CBS Corporation’s success. Putting together a professional supply chain operation has been an ongoing undertaking for the company since its split from Viacom in 2005.
“It is an important factor for us because cost management is a strategic initiative of the corporation,” Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer Tom Hogan says. “We are decentralized, and each division in many respects is fairly siloed, from TV to radio and online to publishing. We can leverage procurement requirements across those decentralized divisions, working with them directly to drive out costs in ways that are aligned with corporate and divisional strategic initiatives.”
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There is never a foot that walks into a Town Shoes Ltd. store that can’t be paired with its perfect match. As the largest branded footwear retailer in Canada, Town Shoes Ltd.’s supply chain ensures its customer service is top-notch and merchandise is always available at any store because of its efficient supply chain.
The Toronto-based company has been providing footwear, handbags and accessories since 1952 under the umbrella of four brands: Town Shoes, The Shoe Co., Shoe Warehouse and Sterling. Its merchandise varies by banner ranging from luxury to affordable. “In Canada, we are the largest branded footwear retailer and that gives us an edge in the marketplace,” Vice President of Planning and Supply Chain Ilona Williams says. “We pride ourselves on offering world-class customer service. It’s one of our key pillars both in the field at the store level and in our support center.”
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The concepts of continuous improvement and forward motion are vital to Precor in more ways than one. The company’s products help people who want to improve their health and stay in shape keep moving, and Precor’s ownership and management regularly invest in new equipment and practices that maintain the momentum of its supply chain and manufacturing operations.
“We are a manufacturing-based company actively involved in research and development that introduces new products every year,” says John Fogerty, director of global sourcing and supply chain management for the Woodinville, Wash.-based company. “We offer the best consumer experience possible by following our core values, which include wanting people to celebrate being fit and staying healthy by enjoying the use of our products.”
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Overhead Door Corp. is in the midst of a total business process and system transformation that will establish a unified and consistent way for it to operate throughout the company’s five divisions.
The Lewisville, Texas- based company was founded by C. G. Johnson in 1921 after he invented the upward-lifting garage door. Johnson traveled across the United States with a small prototype of the door mounted on the back of his Model T and promoted his new innovation at county fairs and in a number of small towns.
“He was ahead of his time by using marketing and sales tactics such as customer coupons and sales outlet bulletins to communicate the news about this innovative product and create a call-to-action for consumers,” the company says. He established a network of distributors and soon his invention of the overhead door gained widespread popularity.
After people began to recognize the upward-lifting garage door, Johnson then invented the electric garage door opener in 1926. “His inventions created the foundation for C.G. Johnson’s well-respected enterprise that would become known as the Overhead Door Corp.,” the company says.
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With the knowledge that its customers’ supply chains are growing more robust, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility has bolstered its own operation to match. Last year, the company completed the acquisitions of Intermec and Vocollect to expand its portfolio and further its evolution as an end-to-end supply chain solutions provider.
“Our business is divided into deployment environments so some products and solutions are geared toward transportation and logistics, some are geared toward the direct store delivery or DSD environment, some toward field service, healthcare and in-store retail,” explains Bruce Stubbs, director of industry marketing. “The distribution center is our biggest deployment environment from a supply chain standpoint and a large amount of focus is centered there. But we are an end-to-end solution, from manufacturing and sourcing solutions to solutions for the end-user in the store and all transportation modes in between.”
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Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Burns & McDonnell has a long legacy that stretches back for more than a century. Founded in 1898, the company today is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm, serving a diverse clientele across many industries. The company’s engineers, architects, construction professionals, planners, estimators, economists, technicians and scientists allow the company to plan, design, permit, construct and manage facilities all over the world.
“We offer full-service engineering, procurement and construction services on projects that have included pretty much any type of project requiring an engineering solution,” Vice President and Director of Procurement Matt Ralston says. “Our divisions are structured as independent global practices that focus on a specific industry. Our construction design/build group is a central hub that provides all construction support services to each engineering global practice.”
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For more than 70 years, Aerojet Rocketdyne has conquered some of mankind’s greatest challenges in space, on land and at sea. The company’s products have powered thousands of rocket launches, including the iconic Apollo mission that landed the first humans on the moon. Its space shuttle engines helped successfully launch crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit more than 130 times, an outstanding record of success.
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s propulsion systems have played a vital role in placing commercial, military and government satellites into orbit, and have powered space-probe missions to every planet in the solar system. The Mars Curiosity rover is presently moving around the red planet, performing valuable experiments to determine whether life could have ever existed there – thanks to a power source developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne engineers.
These modern milestones are built on a foundation of propulsion achievements arcing back to the 1940s. At that time, four colleagues from the California Institute of Technology – Dr. Frank J. Malina, Dr. Martin Summerfield, John W. Parsons, and E. S. Forman – gathered with renowned aerodynamicist Dr. Theodore von Kármán to discuss their shared passion - sending rockets into space.
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Accuride Corp., a $643 million supplier of components for commercial vehicles, has undergone a complete supply chain transformation. The changes to instill greater discipline and process focus across the company’s operations began in 2011 as part of Accuride’s “Fix and Grow” turnaround strategy.
Accuride hired Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management Mary Blair to lead the company’s newly strengthened supply chain function. Under the direction of Accuride President and CEO Rick Dauch, Blair began to develop and implement a new supply chain structure that put greater process rigor in place.
Though the foundation of the team was in place, strategic and tactical changes were needed to establish a world-class supply chain function that included strategic sourcing, logistics, supplier quality and development, and inventory control and planning.
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