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Strategic Pricing

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I’ve been working with a new client recently on digging into costs; however, we aren’t taking the traditional cost-cutting approach. Of course, the more efficient and less costs required to run a manufacturing operation, the better, assuming customer service, cash and other metrics remain intact. However, if you take the big picture, cross-functional view of costs and process improvements, you are bound to find opportunities. In this case, if we can find opportunities, we can go from being a small player in a new market with significant potential to being a going concern. If we are losing deals because of…
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Lisa Anderson Presents “The Increased Need for More Control, Speed and Profit”

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Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group and a sought after manufacturing, distribution and supply chain consultant, speaker and writer who works with manufacturers and distributors in aerospace, building products and food is presenting “The Increased Need for More Control, Speed and Profit: How to Thrive in the Environment” in a TalentStream webinar on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT. As the recession is long over and manufacturing has been reigniting, executives are re-evaluating their end-to-end supply chains in response to the critical importance of short lead times, increasing labor rates in low cost countries, concerns about “too much” money tied up in…
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APICS-IE Symposium Spotlights Global Supply Chain

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APICS Inland Empire Symposium Sets Stage for Global Supply Chain Strategies, Compliance, and Sourcing Decisions The October 29 Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium will focus on managing and navigating Global Supply Chains giving manufacturing and logistics attendees access to an expert panel with international law, global supply chain and manufacturing and international trade experience. The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, will be delivering an international-focused meeting on global supply chain trends and strategies at its Navigating Global Supply Chain Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium on October 29  in Corona, Calif. Expert panelists including international business attorney John Tulac; Josie…
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Mel Robbins’ 5 Second Rule

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  Keeping with the APICS 2016 theme, we can achieve profit through people by following the 5 second rule, according to Mel Robbins, commentator and legal analyst for CNN. Her point is “Do you think you’ll ever feel like doing what you need to do?… NEVER! Thus, follow the 5 second rule. The 5 second rule: The moment you have the idea (to talk to someone, to email your boss, to present an idea to a key customer, or help a colleague), you have 5 seconds. Start doing something within 5 seconds. For example, if you want to talk with…
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Favorite Charities

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When I led my ProVisors ONT meeting last week, we talked about our favorite charities. We are a group of trusted advisors for businesses (commercial bankers, commercial insurance, consultants, attorneys, etc.) yet discussing charities was a great exercise to get to know each other better which also improves our ability to collaborate and do business with each other. At the end of the discussion, we picked a name out of the attendees, and one of us walked away with the money collected for the charity of our choice. The winner gave the money to rescue the animals. Do you know what is…
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Research on Outsourcing Trends in Manufacturing

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LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson Conducts Research on Outsourcing Trends in Manufacturing Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group, is launching a third industry research study to help manufacturers, distributors and supply chain executives identify, understand and anticipate the trends in outsourcing, nearsouring and insourcing.  On the heels of the recession and an earlier trend by business to outsource, many businesses have jumped on the outsourcing bandwagon only to reverse course and bring all or some of their production back in-house. Later hybrids of insourcing and nearsourcing have helped companies maximize total value and more effectively meet customer…
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US Roadmap 2025

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The Material Handling and Logistics Association has taken the lead in updating the roadmap for supply chain and logistics for 2025. I participated in a strategy session focused on thinking about what is coming in ten years, what disruptors are likely to exist and how we should prepare to succeed in 2025. Southern California is #1 in both manufacturing and logistics; thus, there is much to think about to stay ahead of the curve and think about how technology, workforce, and other factors will affect logistics in the future. For example, we discussed the impact – or lack thereof –…
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Unscrambling a Challenged System Implementation

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From time to time, we receive a call from a client dealing with a challenged ERP implementation. Unfortunately, “challenged” is a nice word for most of these! Of course, by the time the client calls, they have spent a lot of money and are frustrated which isn’t a great starting point because unscrambling the situation is never an easy endeavor — assuming you want to provide service and make money. Unscrambling these scenarios requires a unique combination of skills: 1. System thinking – as odd as it sounds, there is NOT a need for experience in the specific system. Certainly,…
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APICS Inland Empire Focuses on ‘Navigating the Global Supply Chain’

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APICS Inland Empire Focuses on ‘Navigating the Global Supply Chain’ at Fall Symposium on October 29 The Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium tackles the pay-offs and perils of managing a worldwide supply chain giving attendees from manufacturers and logistics a chance to improve their strategy for managing a global supply chain. The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, will be presenting attendees with an expert panel focused on global supply chain trends and strategies at its Navigating Global Supply Chain Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium on October 29, in Corona, Calif. In addition to expert presentations,…
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Navigating the Global Supply Chain

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Last week, I participated in the development of the Supply Chain Roadmap 2025. It will result in a compilation of what more than 100 industry thought leaders had to say about the future of material handling and logistics. It is quite an interesting process to take a step back from the daily grind and sometimes fire-fighting to think strategically and long-term. I look forward to the report coming out in the spring of 2017! Similarly, I have been focused on finalizing the executive panel for APICS Inland Empire’s upcoming symposium on navigating the global supply chain — we have an amazing lineup of…
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