Leading firms today are turning to ‘Additive Manufacturing’ to get their products to market faster. From consumer goods to medical implant devices, companies in numerous segments are leveraging lower cost 3D printers to rapidly prototype parts – even sending them around the world via internet to a local printer.
With the worldwide selloff in commodities, speculators are short selling metals causing great turmoil in the metals and mining sectors.The depressed demand for aluminum and other basic raw materials is taking its toll on both the top and bottom lines of the major suppliers as well as the revolving door to the executive office. The LME (London Metals Ex) has recently receded to $1830/ton, down $670 from the $2500/ton levelin 2011 and $3000/ton in 2008-9.
To better control the cradle-to-grave ownership of its heavy duty construction equipment, Caterpillar recently bought partial ownership of CAT Auction Services. They are using the auction format to expand their sales of replacement parts and service, warranty insurance and customer financing which as reported in the Wall Street Journal can be more profitable than selling the original equipment. (Friday Apr5'13 pg B5)
Watch this webcast and learn the results of a recent survey of 600 supply chain executives in manufacturing, high-tech and retail businesses which shed light on common fulfillment challenges and areas in need of improvement.
Presenters from Oracle and Capgemini delve into fulfillment best practices, as well as case studies of customers who have successfully deployed Oracle solutions to address their distributed order management and fulfillment needs.