A Sports Manufacturer Hits A Supply Chain Management Home Run

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With Flex Global View from UPS, Mizuno USA can track its freight shipments from Asia to North America - and any stop in between. Mizuno was established in Osaka, Japan, in 1906, by Rihachi Mizuno. Today, the parent company ventures into every corner of the sports world. On a good day, a champion golfer like Luke Donald might power the ball 300 yards with his Mizuno driver. But how far did the club travel to get to him? The long line to the club's origin runs from an assembly line in Georgia to a cross-docking facility in California, to a forge in southeast China and, finally, to a facility in Japan. Every day, Mizuno USA manages hundreds of such shipments.

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