John Deere Case Study: Tracking Reusables in a Global Assembly Manufacturing Supply Chain

Deere is one of the top 30 manufacturing companies in tonnage of global imports/exports. Because logistics is
so critical to the enterprise and because global ambitions included expanding manufacturing to different parts of
the world, the Department of Worldwide Logistics was organized in 1999 as a core competency of the company.
Centralized management of reusable containers was part of the initial strategy. Today, Deere owns about
1,500,000 reusable containers that are used to ship everything from nuts and bolts to hoods and engines.

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