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Driving Customer Value through the Supply Chain and Back with Reverse Logistics

With the ever-quickening pace and increasing volume of commerce around the world, it's no surprise that effective logistics practices have never been more critical to a business's survival and success. Nowadays, it's not only a product's quality, features, or price that captures and retains customers, but the velocity and flexibility with which that customer obtains the product. But what about when that product takes one step back in the supply chain after arriving at the customer? This is called reverse logistics, an all-encompassing term that captures the movement of goods from the point of final consumption back through the supply chain for the purpose of disposal or value recapture.
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Futurestep

Manufacturing Resurgence in the U.S. Requires New Talent Strategies

The U.S. manufacturing industry is currently experiencing a resurgence as both domestic and international companies are investing in new facilities.

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Khorus

Engineering an Aligned Organization

Every organization of significant size struggles with alignment. When I talk with CEOs, alignment is often the number one issue on their plate. Even organizations with as few as 25 employees often struggle with what seems like a simple problem: How do I get everyone on the same page?
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Manufacturing Day 2014

Capturing the Youth

Manufacturing in the U.S. has always been a staple of American culture, beginning with the establishment of the first cotton spinning mill in Rhode Island in the late 18th century, continuing through the coal and steel booms in Pennsylvania in the 19th century, and the rise of the automotive industry in Michigan in the 20th century.

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Industry Spotlight

    New Way Trucks: Vehicles of Efficiency

    In a world inundated with not only higher levels of waste, but increased complexity of its removal as well, Scranton Manufacturing's line of New Way™ refuse trucks and equipment have continuously brought clean, practical, and durable solutions over the years to the waste removal industry, a sector characterized by its dirty jobs. Steve Engelhardt reports.
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Global Outlook

    Tractus Asia

    Made in Indonesia?

    Indonesia is a politically stable, reform minded, emerging powerhouse with a burgeoning domestic market supported by a sound macro economy.

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IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS

Cascade Aerospace

Taking Flight

"This is the year Cascade Aerospace takes flight." Those are the words of Benjamin Boehm, executive vice president and COO of Cascade Aerospace, a Canada-based aerospace and defense contractor.

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Alto Cafezal

International Espresso

Alto Cafezal exports coffee to Asia, Europe and North America. The Brazilian company, that celebrated 40 years of business in 2012, produces high-quality, semi-washed and natural coffee.

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BECCAR

Innovative Buses

A focus on design has led CARROCERIAS HERMANOS BECERRA, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican company that produces urban and intercity buses, to the number one position in its industry.

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Southern Ionics

Elements of Innovation

It's been nearly 25 years since Southern Ionics was founded as a company, and as they near the quarter-century mark, the company is innovating and expanding like never before.

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CASAALTA

The Big Build-Up

In Brazil's rapidly expanding lower-income housing segment, no construction company is growing more astronomically than the largely unheard of family-owned firm of CASAALTA. Co-founder and president Juarez Wieck explains to Michael Sommers why business - and buildings - are booming like never before.

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Unifrango Agroindustrial SA

United Agribusiness in Brazil

One of Brazil's largest producers of chicks and chicken unites small, medium and medium-large sized companies in the food segment, making them more competitive on a global scale. Reuben Ford reports on a company that takes conflict out of commercialization and represents the collective interests of a growing market.

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Aggreko

New Power Generation

With over 200 service centres globally, Aggreko is the world's leading supplier of temporary power generators. Accounting for 10 percent of its global business, Aggreko Brasil is enjoying more success than the country's 2014 World Cup team; while the Seleçã o was defeated, Aggreko, the official temporary power supplier at the event, emerged a winner.

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OTR Wheel Engineering

Rolling Success

Named as one of Inc.com's "5000 Fastest-Growing Companies" last year, OTR Wheel Engineering represents a company that has been around for a couple of decades, yet continues to accelerate through a focus on innovation and superior service.

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Cristal Alimentos

Precisely Rice

A pioneer in the introduction of grain selection technology, Cristal Alimentos is among Brazil's leading producers of rice. Reuben Ford discovers how careful commitments to quality and precision production have resulted in almost 60 years of success.

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Liqui-Box

Profound Packaging

Serving as a world leader in bag-in-box and pouch packaging for over 50 years, Liqui-Box is a company that has prided itself on delivering innovative, sustainable solutions where 'less is more'.

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Fisher Barton

Blades of Steel

For over 40 years, Fisher Barton Blades has produced some of the best lawn mower blades for the agricultural industry's leading outdoor power equipment manufacturers.

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L-3

Mechanisms of Power

Combat Propulsions Systems, a division of L-3 Communications based out of Muskegon, Mich., is an industry leader in the design, development, manufacture, assembly, and test of military engines, transmissions, suspensions, and turret drive systems for tracked combat vehicles.

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