Robert E. Murray
20 Nassau Street, Suite 244
Princeton, NJ 08542-4509
Mr. Murray is President of REM ASSOCIATES, a consulting firm established to counsel corporate management in the area of business operations and management. Mr. Murray has more than twenty five years' experience in this field including product sourcing, import and customs regulations, production planning and scheduling, manufacturing, quality assurance, inventory management and control, physical distribution, warehouse operations, and transportation, including private fleet. This experience encompasses all aspects of management from strategy and planning to policy, procedures and operational cost control.
Mr. Murray has extensive line, staff, and consulting experience within this discipline in a wide variety of industries with particular emphasis in the consumer product, including fashion, tobacco, and electronics, food, and chemical industries. He has participated in numerous assignments, which have included operations improvements, dealing with policies, procedures, and practices; implementations of production planning MRP, analysis of product flow, facility layout; product storage; transactional costing; and implementation of improved methods. Analytical, computer-based models were developed and incorporated into several of these studies. Other assignments have included several studies dealing with evaluating and improving customer service, determining effective management organizations, establishing corporate goals and objectives, and developing and implementing order processing and inventory management systems. In addition, he has completed studies dealing with identifying and auditing costs of operations for consumer and industrial companies resulting in implementation of improvement opportunities to optimize cost and service. Many of these included mechanized and automated operating systems.
A partial list of representative experiences in the business logistics area includes:
- A comprehensive review of the existing business operating functions resulting in the implementation of a new business management strategy.
- The development of a production facility and operating plans, including the implementation of operations improvements throughout all levels of operations and staff management.
- A detailed evaluation of facilities operations, resulting in the establishment of standards and measurements for control.
- The development of functional requirements for manufacturing management, order processing, and inventory management systems aimed at improved operations and service.
- Comprehensive evaluations of business operations relative to corporate marketing strategies in order to ensure adequate logistics support.
- A critical evaluation of market requirements versus company logistics capability resulting in specific recommendations for improvements.
- Detailed studies assessing product flow, warehousing, inventories, and transportation (including private fleet) resulting in recommended cost-effective improvements.
- The implementation of a quality assurance program, including product specifications, inspection procedures, and the necessary organization to monitor and control performance.
- The development of a Management By Objectives program defining corporate goals and objectives and including a plan of action to implement the program throughout the company.
- The establishment of a comprehensive job evaluation program for the logistics group to include job descriptions and grading, and periodic performance evaluation reviews.
Prior to directing the activities of REM ASSOCIATES, Mr. Murray was the Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Operations for Foot-Joy Inc., President of Cambridge Consulting Inc., a Principal with Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., Corporate Director of Logistics for Standard Brands, Manager of Consulting Services for A. T. Kearney, Inc., and held various physical distribution management positions within Scott Paper Company and National Gypsum Corporation.
Mr. Murray has been an active member, lecturer, and speaker at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the Warehousing Education and Research Council for the past fifteen years. In addition, he has presented papers and acted as discussion leader for the American Management Association, American Production and Inventory Control Society, American Institute of Industrial Engineers, National Association of Tobacco Distributors, National Electronic Distributors Association, National Candy Wholesalers Association, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association in logistics management.
He has published articles on such issues as "Matrix Management and Organization", "Meeting the Challenge of The Eighties - A Strategy Checklist", and "Developing a Strategic Plan for Product Logistics". These articles have appeared in such reference texts and periodicals as Strategic Physical Distribution Management by Lambert and Stock, the annual Presidential Issue, and U. S. Tobacco Journal. Mr. Murray's biography is included in "Who's Who In The World" and "Who's Who in Finance and Industry". In addition, he has applied these business skills by actively participating as a member on several community planning and operating boards.