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From Idea to Reality: Navigating New Product Introduction (NPI)

Dragon Innovation

Your company has gone from idea to prototype to the precipice of production. In short, your new product is getting ready to be introduced to the world. Congratulations! funding New Product Introduction NPI supply chain management Quality Management System production oversight supply chain

A 100 Day Journey of Manufacturing Insights in Asia Begins

Dragon Innovation

Join Dragon Innovation’s VP of Strategic Planning, Shawn Chang , as he explores the state of Manufacturing in Asia, beyond just China.

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The New Product Introduction (NPI) Process: 2 Key Decision Types

Dragon Innovation

In this series we'll focus on the New Product Introduction (NPI) process and how to successfully go from a “napkin sketch” all the way through high-volume production. We’ll break this journey into three distinct phases: Proof of Concept / Prototype. New Product Introduction (NPI).

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2019 - What is it and how does it affect your manufacturing plans?

Dragon Innovation

Chinese New Year (CNY), a.k.a. Spring Festival, is the most important holiday for the Chinese people. 2019 is the 'Year of the Pig', and this year Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 5, but celebrations last approximately 15 full days, concluding on Tuesday, February 19.

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

The New Product Introduction (NPI) Process: "Zero-to-One" is a lot different than “One-To-Many”

Dragon Innovation

In anticipation of Halloween, I decided to build a robot to hand out candy. It was great to take a break from thinking about manufacturing in high-volume and focus on just getting one prototype to work.

Meet A Dragon: Tan Li - Project Manager Far East Team

Dragon Innovation

In the “Meet a Dragon” blog series we’ll be introducing our team members who help guide your product through the New Product Introduction (NPI) process and ongoing manufacturing. These people act as an extension of your team and are on the front lines with you day in and day out.

Lead Time Considerations in Manufacturing

Dragon Innovation

Lead-time to produce a product is generally based on producing and/or acquiring the components and then assembling them. However, lead times in manufacturing a product should have more to do with how often the product changes than how much money is tied up in inventory you are willing to carry.

The New Product Introduction (NPI) Process: Design Constraints in Manufacturing

Dragon Innovation

In this series we'll focus on the New Product Introduction (NPI) process and how to successfully go from a “napkin sketch” all the way through high-volume production. Designing a product from scratch is insanely difficult.

Bill of Materials (BOMs) 101

Dragon Innovation

This blog post may be a little less exciting than the last two ; but it’s essential! Today I’m going to talk about Bills of Material(s), more commonly known as BOMs. Bill of Materials bom Engineering Idea Phase assembly

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

3D Printing Cost Estimation – Did You Think of Everything?

Dragon Innovation

This is a guest post by. Castor. Castor provides cost estimation for its customers, by analyzing which parts are 3D printable. 3D 3d printing COGS Prototype prototyping Costing Machining (CNC

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Reverse Engineering: A Holiday Toy Train Set

Dragon Innovation

Watching my father-in-law struggle for about an hour to set up this year’s holiday train set gave me another opportunity to reflect on manufacturing at scale and specifically the quality aspect of a product. Manufacturing quality Reverse Engineering toys

Dragon Innovation Presents: The Halloween Candy Robot

Dragon Innovation

I love to build things, especially robots. Much of my day job at Dragon Innovation is focused on helping other companies build complex, high volume consumer electronics products.

The Winning Manufacturing Formula for Hardware Startups

Dragon Innovation

As you may have heard already, building hardware is hard. To help young companies understand (and avoid) the common pitfalls of building physical products Dragon Innovation has put together a comprehensive breakdown of the manufacturing process.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Adapting to a Digital World - Agile, Collaborative and Innovative Supply Chain Management

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

There are now only five weeks until Digital Supply Chain will be returning to Amsterdam. So if you haven’t already booked your seat, now is the time

How the heatwave impacted the High Street

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Matthew Robertson, co-CEO, NetDespatch. As we see the first signs of the heatwave dissipating and wetter weather coming in, this got me thinking about recent articles that I've read about the negative impact on productivity the balmy summer weather has had on office workers, with many preferring to work from home and not venture into heat-baked cities, over-crowded tubes and frenzied traffic jams

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Supply chain attacks on the rise as one of the biggest new threat vectors as organisations scramble to close gaps

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

CrowdStrike Inc., the cloud-delivered endpoint protection solutions provider, has announced the results of its global supply chain survey, Securing the Supply Chain, produced by independent research firm Vanson Bourne

Warehouse Safety: 5 Steps You Need To Take

Cerasis

Warehouse businesses thrive where there is orderliness. They also do well when employees are safe. Unfortunately, accidents can happen in a matter of seconds leading to injuries and even fatalities.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

The Amazon Effect is the New Walmart Effect

Cerasis

In 1994, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos read a statistic that the Internet had been growing at 2300 percent annually. He fashioned that changing tide into a business plan that has been breaking barriers across supply chain and e-commerce that has left an indelible mark.

Why Supply Chain Transparency Results in Big Business Benefits

Cerasis

Gone are the days when shoppers are left in the dark about the origins of the products they buy. Supply chain transparency is a major competitive advantage at a time when consumers are savvier and more concerned about the provenance of their favorite products.

Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

We finished dinner. I pressed my neatly folded napkin to my lips. As we waited for coffee, silence hung heavy in the air. My client writhed in her seat and hung her head as she asked, “I read your article on control towers, but I am confused. What is an easy definition?

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Cold Chain Technology Ensures Temperature-Controlled Environment

OneSCM

Supply chain executives need to ensure that environmental and geological conditions are met. Technology can eliminate data silos and lack of communication for cold chain and blockchain metrics, increasing transparency and improving customer satisfaction.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

How to Maximize WMS to Increase E-Commerce ROI

Cerasis

A key issue that comes to the forefront of any discussion on handling e-commerce demand will always involve warehouse management system (WMS) or other supply chain system upgrades.

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Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

It was not my goal; but by accident, it became my mission.

Who Will Win?

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the last month, venture capitalists looking at the supply chain market called 3x/week. I know of five companies for sale. Sharks are in the water. The calls follow a predictable pattern. The first is to identify the potential available market.

How Exception Automation and TMS Streamlines the Dock

Cerasis

When a process occurs that does not fall within the rules and workflows within a TMS, the process is known as an exception. Unfortunately, the increasing complexity of supply chains and inbound freight management will likely continue to force exceptions in established workflows.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

Blockchain in Supply Chain: 2 Ethereum-Based Projects That Demonstrate How Blockchain Can Improve Supply Chains

Cerasis

Supply chains are messy. Blockchain in Supply Chain Can Help. A manufacturer in China doesn’t read the specs on an order. A supplier in Mexico mixes up two similar parts. An ecommerce fulfillment warehouse in the USA sends the wrong packages to customers. On top of all that, billions if not trillions of dollars worth of potential working capital are tied up in illiquid assets such as 90-day invoice payouts or even the real estate value of, say, a warehouse or factory building.

Tackling Item Complexity

Supply Chain Shaman

Personalization. Market microsegmentation. New product launch. There are many good reasons to add items to product portfolios, but companies are better at adding than eliminating items. Discontinuing products is a struggle with tension between supply chain and marketing functions.

Autonomous Mobile Robotics (AMR): What They Are and Benefits of Using Them

Cerasis

Sudden surges in warehouse demand result from increased access to retailers. The internet and mobile technology give customers the ability to become one with their shopping experiences, including e-commerce purchases and in-store experiences.

Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

Supply Chain Shaman

Nick Lynch is the Global Excellence Manager at Shell Lubricants, a division of Shell Global. Located in the United Kingdom (UK), he has more than twelve years of experience in progressive roles driving demand-drive projects for their global supply chain.

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.