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Quick Response Manufacturing: ERP and Value Chain Acceleration
Whatever the reasons for pursuing a lead-time reduction strategy, time compression across all company processes is critical to growth, and in some cases means

ecommerce frontpage  Manufacturing CASE STUDY 3 eCommerce and QRM Office Operations Measurement and Tracking Faster Flow of Product, Process and Information Historical Significance of Quick Response Manufacturing Over the past century, manufacturing strategies have evolved from high volume/low cost to quality improvement. Now, as an additional minimum requirement, manufacturers must address quick response. Whatever the reasons for pursuing a lead-time reduction strategy- customer demands, competitive disadvantages that

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