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Published: 20 Oct 2012

How to better connect storage to the business Storage managers can learn how to streamline processes by emulating manufacturing process efficiencies. Not too long ago, I toured BMW's impressive manufacturing facility in Spartanburg, SC. For each built-to-order car, subassemblies travel separate lines where assorted components are installed. Country-specific features and various customer-requested options intermingle on these lines and, despite all the diversity, the subassemblies create the finished vehicle in a nearly flawless manner. Manufacturers have made substantial investments to perfect their assembly, quality control and assurance processes. They've also incorporated efficiency methodologies such as just-in-time delivery. The BMW factory stocks remarkably little inventory, and suppliers are required to supply components within days or even hours. At the core of the modern manufacturing process is the concept of the business supply chain. Each link adds value, with an interdependency among the functions that lets the output of each workflow feed into ... Access >>>

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