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Thanksgiving & Going the Extra Mile

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I recently wrapped up the “holiday” (as they call it here) in New Zealand. Thanksgiving was our last day before heading home. With that said, I’m reminded of the meaning of Thanksgiving because the driver that picked us up from the TransAlpine train station (which is a beautiful ride through the mountains from the west coast to the east cost of New Zealand which also happens to double for the Murder on the Orient Express in the movies we learned today) went over and beyond to ensure we were taken care of and comfortable. The train arrived late so we…
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Queenstown, New Zealand and the Value of Your Surroundings

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Queenstown has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, and the surroundings are put to good use.
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McKinsey Report Predicts 20% Growth in Manufacturing by 2025

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McKinsey Report predicts 20% growth in manufacturing by 2025. Large USA firm have outperformed their coutnterparts.
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The Value of Strategy Discussions in Fiji

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Strategy discussions with a global, growth-focused group of top-notch consultants in interesting locations helps to inspire powerful insights.
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Leveraging Technology for Supply Chain Success

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My APICS Inland Empire chapter hosted our 11th executive panel and networking symposium on Leveraging Technology for Supply Chain Success.  We had interesting discussions with top notch panelists spanning the end-to-end supply chain from Disney to OceanX.  The panel covered diverse supply chain topics such as autonomous vehicles and machine learning – thanks to  Terrie Dean, Craig Young, Stephen Richie, Thomas Jelenic and Matt Weinberg .  The event was a complete success thanks in large part to our Board of Directors (pictured below) – Valerie Ladd, Kevin Manning, Lisa Anderson, Parizad Sethna, Phil Elhai, Pamela Scrivner , Tony Martinez, Kate…
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The Value of Your Cross-Functional Network

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One of the keys emerging from APICS 2017 wasn’t from a session; instead, it was seeing the value of your cross-functional network.
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Logistics Innovation – Where is it Going?

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The global logistics industry will grow from its current hefty size of $8 trillion to $23 trillion by 2023 – what a sharp contrast!
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Blockchain Anyone?

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Blockchain provides a potential solution for complex, multi-party, high-friction processes.  There seem to be vast possibilities.
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5 Steps to Significant Process Improvement, A Case Study

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Over the last couple of months I’ve been working with a client on making significant improvements to their business operations. The 5 step approach we’ve been using can be instructive to others who want to improve their own business processes in a logical and methodical manner.
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