The Internet of Things (IoT) and Its Effects on Aviation Supply Chain Management

Forbes describes the Internet of Things (IoT) as the connectivity of any electronic device to another. With this connectedness comes a whole new world of data collection, parts tracking, inventory management and, ultimately, increased efficiency. And IoT goes beyond just our laptops and phones, to now include things like coffeemakers, refrigerators and even airplanes. Existing MRO Activities Using IoT  According to Aviation Week Network, the aviation industry relies on the IoT more and more each…

Lean Manufacturing in the Aviation Industry

In the 1930s, Japanese researchers studying the Toyota manufacturing model developed a new strategy aimed at eliminating inefficiency and excess waste at each stage of the manufacturing process. This model, known as lean manufacturing, relies on continual feedback, process evaluation and “flow,” and it has been a major influence on today’s manufacturing principles. However, the concepts of lean manufacturing go far beyond the assembly line. In fact, large-scale lean efforts have been shown to be…

The State Of Global E-Commerce – Infographic

Last week Kapco Global’s new e-commerce site, kart, was launched and so far it has been a huge success. The overwhelmingly positive response to the site’s improvements has been great, and we welcome all of our new customers! This week, to further support our launch efforts, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at global e-commerce statistics both business-to-consumer and business-to-business. What we found confirmed what we already knew from our own…

Kapco Expertise Tapped for Story on Warehouse Productivity

Increased warehouse productivity should be an ongoing objective for every component supplier and MRO provider. An efficient, organized operation means lower operating costs, happier customers and a safer work environment. As a global distribution firm specializing in aircraft MRO components and supply chain management, here at Kapco Global, we’ve learned a few tricks for increasing productivity, and we’ve been fortunate enough to have our expertise recognized by the greater warehousing and supply chain community. In…

The current oil market slide, future expectations, and capacity discipline. What do these factors have to do with MRO Inventory Analysis?

Supply, demand, and expectation. Anyone who owns a successful business understands these are the fundamentals of a market economy. Weigh the demand for a good or service against the supply, and this is how value and price are determined. When the demand is great and the supply is low, prices go up. When the supply is great and the demand is low, prices go down. Then there’s expectation. What is expected to happen with future…

MRO Asia Recap – Risk Analysis and Supply Chain Management the Key to Keeping MRO and Aircraft Parts Distribution Moving

Tweet On November 4-6, 2014, aviation MRO leaders convened at the Aviation Week’s MRO Asia Conference in Singapore to discuss trends and issues affecting the industry. More than 100 exhibitors including service providers and suppliers attended the conference to discuss topics ranging from the latest in aircraft parts distribution; supply chain management and risk analysis; market forecasts; and maintenance program optimization. According to the conference agenda, for global MRO in emerging markets in general and…

From Single Engine Aircraft to Commercial Fleets—The Importance of Supply Chain Management

Tweet As the world becomes ever more interconnected, and businesses must compete globally to remain relevant, the need for careful and strategic supply chain management increases. But what exactly is supply chain management, and how can the aviation maintenance industry—whether we are responsible for the upkeep of a single engine aircraft or an entire fleet of commercial planes—stay current with its demands? There’s a great deal of industry jargon out there regarding this topic (value…

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