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Title:Supply Chain Management: Issues and Practices for Small and Rural Manufacturers
Authors:Christine M. Geiger and Frank J. Dooley
University:North Dakota State University
Publication Date:Feb 1998
Report #:MPC-98-71
Project #:MPC-157
TRID #:00748693
Keywords:businesses, competition, customer service, industries, interviewing, inventory control, logistics, physical distribution, rural areas, supply chain management
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications


This report presents the results from expert interviews with Minneapolis-St. Paul companies and North Dakota manufacturing companies. The Minneapolis expert interviews helped to identify the minimal logistical capabilities a supplier must have in order to do business with the Minneapolis companies. Ten firms with membership in the Council of Logistics Management participated in these interviews. The North Dakota expert interviews identified the capabilities of small and rural manufacturers to apply logistical practices to their companies. These companies were chosen on the basis that they were likely to have business partnerships with the Minneapolis companies or to compete in similar markets.

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