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Inventory and Lead Times - Understanding Decoupling Points
While inventory is necessary in manufacturing, most companies would like to reduce their inventory, but only if that did not cause problems. Managing inventory

lead times  and Lead Times - Understanding Decoupling Points While inventory is necessary in manufacturing, most companies would like to reduce their inventory, but only if that did not cause problems. Managing inventory according to decoupling theory is the most effective approach to reducing (the wrong kinds of) inventory without damaging service level—without increasing the risk of shortages that disrupt production (components and materials) and hurt customer service (finished goods). Read more.

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lead times  and your vendors can lead to increased efficiencies, reduced costs and better customer service. We develop a carefully designed set of activities between partners to ensure clarity and alignment around your goals and strategy. Outsourcing IT or components of IT has been an effective strategy for business to reduce costs in the short run. Troubled economic times have taken their toll on these relationships and many outsourcing customers are re-evaluating or exiting these contracts. About Estrella Partners Read More

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lead times  basis for more accurate lead scoring  and effective sales engagement. Marketing teams should be able to easily create nurturing programs via guided campaign wizards and send out a steady trickle of relevant information about new products or offers to keep the sales pipeline primed. Sales and marketing organizations can then jointly track revenue generated and tailor marketing programs based on the real-time results of those marketing programs. Certainly, maximizing customer profitability is not just Read More

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The Fuzzy Logic Between Lead and Lag Indicators


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lead times  Fuzzy Logic Between Lead and Lag Indicators Business Management Issue External financial reporting and internal operational control represent two fundamentally different functions. The former is guided by GAAP, tax laws, and the needs of stockholders and are lagging performance indicators. Operational control, on the other hand, is a leading performance indicator, and is guided by business strategy, and how well customer expectations are met. Satisfying these two needs are related but measured Read More

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Beating IT Recession Blues


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