Deloitte Survey Says Talent Gap Jeopardizes Success

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According to the 2017 Deloitte Global CPO Survey, 85% of those surveyed felt that talent was the largest factor in driving procurement performance yet 60% think they have a skills gap to deliver on their procurement objectives. My clients are experiencing this same phenomenon, no matter the role within manufacturing and supply chain. What are you doing to find, retain and develop your talent? What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise? We are in a volatile business environment – global trade is evolving, risks abound, regulations are changing, supply chains are complex and significant change has become the norm. Instead…
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Case Study in the Power of Design

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Situation: Our client had implemented an ERP system several years ago. As is typical when a system is implemented, they implemented the basics and then took a break to run the business. Although you start out thinking of vast improvements and how you’ll automate all sorts of processes, getting the foundation working effectively with high levels of customer service and some level of efficiency typically takes quite a lot of effort. The team is tired and needs to smooth out the day-to-day business. Understandable. The good news is that they were set up for the future with an improved base.…
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The Right Combination of Technical & Communication Skills ROCKS!

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I am the Chair of the APICS West Coast student case competition, and we just wrapped up our 2017 event. We had 104 students from around the world fly into San Diego to compete. It was a really impressive group of students! The competition is judged 50% on the technical score (the return on investment achieved after several rounds running a business simulation game) and 50% on the presentation to the Boards of Directors of the company. I have to say….some of the best presentations were those who didn’t perform as well on the ROI because they learned from it, took…
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Manufacturing Expands at Fastest Rate Since 2010

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According to the Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, manufacturing is on an upswing. The composite index rose in January, making it the fifth straight monthly expansion. New orders and production grew strongly! And the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank reported that manufacturing activity expanded at its fastest pace since April 2010 — more importantly, leaders are positive about the next six months. In fact, the forward-looking outlook measure jumped to a level not seen in 12 years! Are you ready? What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise? Although this is great news for manufacturing, we should make…
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Case Study In Increasing On Time Delivery Performance

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Situation: Our client struggled with low customer service levels since they cut back with inventory on the ‘wrong’ items during a time of tight cash flow. Of course to add fuel to the fire, the customer also wanted product to be delivered at least 20% earlier, ideally 50% earlier. If our client didn’t find a way to respond quickly, they would risk losing key customers. Path Forward: Upon looking at the order fulfillment flow, there were countless areas of opportunity. However, simultaneously working on these solutions would tax already-maxed out resources (who also were frustrated by angry customers) and accomplish…
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Branding is Important to ALL of Us

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Earlier this week, I spoke at PMI (Project Management Institute) Inland Empire on “Elevating Your Personal Brand and Advancing Your Career”. We had an intriguing, interactive discussion on how critical branding is to each of our careers and personal success. Although we must be competent, if we do not distinguish ourselves from our competition, colleagues and other project teams, we will not accomplish nearly what we would if we did! Do you know what your colleagues would say about you? How does it stack up with how you’d like to be seen? One tip to implement this week: Start by…
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The 11th Annual APICS West Coast Student Case Competition

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Co-chairs Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, CLTD, president of LMA Consulting Group and The ACA Group’s Ellen Kane, CPIM, will be holding the 11th Annual APICS West Coast Student Case Competition on February 17 and 18, at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside in San Diego, Calif. The competition attracts undergraduates and graduate students from the region including Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and northern Mexico, and because of its popularity, consistently draws teams from Washington, Oregon, Northern CA, Texas, Utah, Canada and Hong Kong. Approximately 100 students compete in roughly 25 teams running computer simulations to solve supply chain and logistics business…
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Manufacturing Gains

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As one of the panelists at the Manufacturers’ Summit last week said, “Have you ever seen manufacturing in the news more than it has been lately?” Quite an intriguing point…. The Summit had an expert panel on the future of manufacturing — and what the Trump era was likely to bring to manufacturing. The panel was specifically non-partisan and included several heavy hitters including the president of the CMTA (California Manufacturers & Technology Assoc), the president of a local manufacturing company who also sat on the president’s export council for many years, the president of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership…
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Manufacturing is on the Rise

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There is an air of excitement about the future in manufacturing! Last week, I talked with several executives of manufacturing companies and the next day I was the chair of the innovation awards at the Manufacturing Council of the Inland Empire (MCIE) Manufacturers’ Summit, and it is clear that profitable growth is in the air. Of course, it will not occur unless we focus on the customer, innovation and our people ….to name a few priorities. What are you focused on? One tip to implement this week: Just because many manufacturers are seeing a positive outlook to the future doesn’t…
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Lisa Anderson Earns New APICS Certificate

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Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group has earned her APICS Certificate in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) credential. APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management, offers education and certification programs for supply chain and operations professionals. The CLTD examination tests mastery of high level logistics knowledge and skills, encompassing domestic and global markets. The designation requires maintenance every five years and indicates an adherence to best practices and advanced practices in logistics. “Even with over 25 years of experience in the industry, I’ve learned a lot in the process of preparing for this exam,” shares Lisa Anderson. “The…
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