ModCloth turns the fashion industry on its ear by emphasizing what the online consumer wants rather than what designers dictate. With its “Be the Buyer” virtual fashion buyer program, online customers vote for the products they would most like to see on the company’s website.

Its “Make the Cut” is a crowd-sourced design program in which more than 5,000 clothing designs have been submitted by consumers and six of them chosen to be produced and sold on its website. The “Style Gallery” shows customers what the outfits they select look like on “real” people, and “Fit for Me” invites customers to submit their measurements to see the top-rated products recommended by people of similar sizes.

Few structures are as complex as the plants to manufacture petrochemicals, process and specialty gases that Linde Engineering North America Inc. builds for its parent company, The Linde Group, and other companies. “We build mainly petrochemical and gas processing plants,” explains Simon Kassas, vice president of procurement for Linde Engineering North America. “We have our own technologies, such as for ethylene production. We have our own technicians. We build plants for Linde Gas and for third-party clients.

Imagine flipping a light switch and having to wait an hour before the light came on – that’s what an inefficient supply chain can feel like. The lights do eventually go on, but in the meantime you’re sitting in the dark. If that’s the case, odds are there’s a problem somewhere in the wiring between the switch and the light, and it needs to be found and fixed before the lights can work the way they’re meant to. 

As one of the global leaders in such technology, FEI has operations spread around the globe, and so keeping its supply chain operating with maximum efficiency is a top goal. 

As Carl Douglas, senior manager of supply chain quality, explains, keeping FEI’s supply chain at peak performance is not something that the company can do alone. He says FEI relies on the strong bonds it has created with its suppliers and partners to maintain a high level of efficiency and live up to the company’s definition of supply chain success. “Success is when we’re 100 percent in line, and that would mean our products are coming on time and to the quality expected at reasonable and fair prices,” Douglas says. 

Encana Corp. has roots going back more than 125 years, but the energy company does not remain set in its ways and resistant to change. Instead, “We’ve been a fairly adaptable company,” Director of Materials Management Kevin Smith says.

That attitude drove Encana to complete a major restructuring in the past year, and led the company to earn its status as the first oil and gas operation to take a manufacturing approach in a resource play. “[We] sort of cracked the technical nut,” Smith says. “We’ve seen that repeated across North America.”

It takes a lot of expertise to successfully design a complicated piece of machinery like a lift truck, and Crown Equipment Corp. knows how important this knowledge is. “Award-winning design does not happen by accident,” it declares.

“Crown does thorough research into how operators and businesses use lift trucks, examining every component to assure our forklifts deliver optimal productive use,” Crown states. “This process results in an line of IC and electric lift trucks that have earned the reputation for unsurpassed quality, ergonomics and serviceability.” 

For many supply chain managers, the products they are responsible for do not lose their value in a few days. But for those in the foodservice industry, the freshness of their products is paramount. So working with distribution experts to provide products and ingredients to more than 100 locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica and Dubai needs to be a reliable strategy for Cosí Vice President of Supply Chain Jennifer Silveira.

Established in 1889, Bernhardt Furniture Co. has been in business for 125 years. This makes the company among the country’s largest family owned furniture operations and a leading diversified global furniture manufacturer. And the only thing old about Bernhardt Furniture is its age. The company continually wins awards for product design excellence and it sets standards in environmental sustainability, having earned the American Home Furnishings Alliance’s environmental excellence award for corporate performance. With this reputation and 125 years of tradition in quality, it’s important that the supply chain keeps up. 

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