Successful Strategies in Supply Chain Management

IGI Global
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In light of today's fast paced, globalized economy, there is an increasing need for organizations to produce products and use resources more effectively and efficiently. This book provides the tools and techniques for organizations to streamline their supply chains.
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IGI Global
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Dec 31, 2005
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From the Hardcover edition.
In this completely revised and updated edition of the customer service classic, Carl Sewell enhances his time-tested advice with fresh ideas and new examples and explains how the groundbreaking “Ten Commandments of Customer Service” apply to today’s world.

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