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The automation imperative

The automation imperative

As many organizations move to build their automation capabilities, recent survey results suggest that certain best practices will differentiate successful efforts from others.
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One-size-rarely-fits-all: Tailoring procurement synergies to the deal

– In mergers, a traditional one-size-fits-all approach for procurement synergies takes too long and leaves too much money on the... table. To deliver more value sooner, match the levers you use to the deal archetype.
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Mapping heavy industry’s digital-manufacturing opportunities

– Manufacturing digitization could boost heavy-industry profit margins by three to five points—but only if people can make... the new technologies work at scale. The first article in a new series looks at the opportunity and the sector’s progress.
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The route to no-touch planning: Taking the human error out of supply-chain planning

– Slow, manual supply-chain planning processes can be a thing of the past, with machines taking on repetitive tasks that aren’t... a good use of human capacity.
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Zero-based productivity—Marketing: Measure, allocate, and invest marketing dollars more effectively

– Taking a zero-based budgeting approach to enterprise-wide marketing costs can uncover new opportunities and spur more-informed... spending decisions.

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Zero-based budgeting

ZBB aligns resources where they will matter the most and creates a culture of cost management to sustain the change over time.

Digital Manufacturing

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How digital manufacturing can escape ‘pilot purgatory’

– Despite enthusiasm for digital manufacturing, few companies have realized its potential at scale, according to our new survey.... Six success factors can help.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Making it in America: Revitalizing US manufacturing

– The erosion of US manufacturing isn’t a foregone conclusion. The decade ahead—with increased demand, new technology,... and value chain optimization—will give the sector a chance to turn around.
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How the Internet of Things will reshape future production systems

– Rich data, ubiquitous connectivity, and real-time communication are changing the way companies work. For leaders, that transformation... will extend much further than the machines on the factory floor.
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Industry 4.0: Reinvigorating ASEAN manufacturing for the future

– New digital technologies can help Southeast Asian manufacturers reassert their place in the global landscape.

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Sustaining high performance beyond public-sector pilot projects

– Public institutions can turn remarkable short-term efforts into meaningful long-term results.
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IIoT platforms: The technology stack as value driver in industrial equipment and machinery

– Equipment and machinery companies considering a transformation to embrace the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) need to develop... a clear perspective to drive impact at scale.
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Deliver on time or pay the fine: Speed and precision as the new supply-chain drivers

– E-commerce giants have raised the supply-chain performance bar. Now consumer-goods manufacturers face a stark choice: achieve... new levels of predictability and responsiveness, or pay a heavy price.
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Beyond procurement: Transforming indirect spending in retail

– If retailers treat indirect costs as an opportunity for business transformation rather than just a procurement matter, they can... boost return on sales by as much as 2 percent.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Shaking up the value chain

– Data and digitization are creating a growing array of value-creation choices in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, mining,... and energy.
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The risks and rewards of outsourcing

– In the digital age, companies in the energy and materials industries must balance the classic advantages of outsourcing a segment... of the value chain with the new realities of shutting down their strategic options if a supplier becomes too powerful.
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Zero-based budgeting revisited: Why this time is different

– This budgeting concept allows senior-leadership teams to put their money where their strategy is, aligning resources with business... priorities and setting the example from the top.
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How data is changing the pharma operations world

– Pharma companies have a great opportunity to turn a buzzword into exponential impact.
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Does your airline still cross seat belts? A ten-point lean checklist for leaders

– Wasteful processes abound at many supposedly lean airlines. How does yours measure up?
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Zero-based productivity: The power of informed choices

– Extending the tenets of zero-based budgeting across the full cost base can transform performance.
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Getting capital projects back on track: Six elements of a successful turnaround

– Leaders don’t want their projects to be in a turnaround situation, but that often happens. Here are some tactics for resolving... problems quickly.
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Creating competitive advantage by putting customers first and managing their journeys.

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The great re-make: Manufacturing for modern times

– What does “great” operational excellence look like and how do we get there?
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The work of leaders in a lean management enterprise

– Learn what successful lean leaders do to integrate new technologies and approaches, and to ensure that the practices that support continuous improvement also improve continuously.
Unlocking Industrial Resource Productivity
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Unlocking Industrial Resource Productivity

– This e-book examines five core beliefs to increase profits through energy, material, and water efficiency.

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