Tag Archive: distribution

Filling Worker Skills Gap Remains a Hot Topic

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In the past week, I’ve had the opportunity to hear the leading experts in manufacturing, distribution and logistics. There were a few common threads among EVERY expert yet one stood out from the rest — the skills gap remains alive and well. For example, the Southern California Logistics & Supply Chain Summit keynote speaker was an Amazon executive. When asked what he wanted to talk about at the symposium, he chose “People, Careers and the Supply Chain: the Innovative Practices”. Whether $8 million, $50 million or a facility / division of a multi-billion dollar company, every one of my manufacturing…
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8 Hot Trends in Supply Chain

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It has been a week of supply chain immersion. We were knee deep in supply chain trends at MCIE’s manufacturers’ summit, the Supply Chain Summit and the APICS-IE executive panel and networking symposium on emerging supply chain trends. It goes to tell you that it is a hot topic! For a company to be successful, the supply chain cannot be overlooked. As always, it is important to keep our ears open for trends and watch-out’s. Certainly the latest trends were discussed at each event. What were most interesting were those trends in common among all events and speakers: Speed: With Amazon…
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Keys to Successful Growth

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My clients across all manufacturing and distribution-related industries ranging from small, family-owned businesses to multi-billion dollar corporations have one item in common – growth.  More than 80% are experiencing relatively substantial growth while the remaining 20% are muddling along with slight growth figures. When companies grow, projects can become even more critical. Cash is needed to fund growth. Customer service must remain intact, even though it can be more challenging to succeed during periods of significant growth. Profitability needs to continue to grow to support the growth and to leverage assets. Keeping up with the people requirements can be a challenge. Thus, we need to…
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What Supply Chains and Liberal Arts Have in Common…

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I have been interviewing some VERY impressive candidates for internship positions from Pomona college (which was ranked #1 by Forbes for America’s top colleges in 2015). I enjoyed the interviews and learned a lot from them. This is one of the advantages of my profession — continuous learning is a part of the package! One of the interns saw the supply chain and consulting in an interesting light. He said, “It is the practical application of liberal arts” as it requires a broad knowledge and experience base. I think he might have hit the nail on the head. I just got back from…
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APICS Inland Empire Examines Emerging Supply Chain Trends at April 30 Symposium

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Many emerging trends will impact how supply chains are managed, designed and operated in the future influencing the decision-making process right now. APICS-IE is assembling a panel of experts on Saturday, April 30 at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, Calif., to proactively help manufacturing, distribution and logistics attendees understand and predict trends that may later cause disruption. The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, is focused on investigating and predicting supply chain trends that may impact your business with its Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium: Emerging Supply Chain Trends on Saturday, April 30,…
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The Transfer of Ontario Airport & The Challenge Bridging Strategy & Execution

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Many of my Inland Empire colleagues and trusted advisors have been supporting the transfer of ownership of the Ontario Airport back to the city of Ontario (from LAX airport) for YEARS. It was a big surprise when the Los Angeles Times reported breaking news that it is likely to occur within a year. A major win for the Inland Empire! As a supply chain consultant, this is HUGE news. Having the ability to take a declining airport with underutilized assets and vast potential and transform it into a vibrant contributor to the economy – and the manufacturing, distribution and transportation network within the…
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Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Growth?

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Several of my clients are in the aerospace industry. In that industry, supply chain readiness audits are commonplace. These are especially prevalent today as growth in that market is substantial. Companies must be prepared for significant growth to support the doubling of the world’s fleet in the next 20 years to give their customers comfort in their long-term viability. Although this is especially prevalent in aerospace, I’m finding double digit growth widespread in the marketplace today. Manufacturing is making a comeback. How ready is your supply chain? There are several aspects that should be reviewed to make sure growth will be…
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System Strategies to Kick Off a New Year

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Since I work with clients ranging in size from small, family-owned businesses to multi-billion dollar corporations, industries ranging from aerospace to building products to value-add distribution and on topics ranging from growth to service level improvement to increasing business performance, I have the opportunity to see countless businesses — and what works and what doesn’t work.   It seems like a great time to share what is important as we head into a new year, new quarter or even new day. There is always opportunity to take that critical step towards success.   From a systems standpoint, here a few of…
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You’ll Learn More By Teaching

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Have you ever heard the saying, “you’ll learn more by teaching” than most other options? I can vouch for this first hand. I am President of the APICS Inland Empire Chapter (#1 trade association for supply chain and operations management professionals), and we offer highly respected and sought after certifications in the industry. Thus, we have several instructors teach courses on the fundamentals of manufacturing and distribution — and on advanced topics such as lean manufacturing. I have team-taught our CSCP (certified supply chain professional) classes, and I guarantee you learn more by teaching! Teaching can be hard work —…
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Interested in Growth? Beef Up Systems and Project Management

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Companies are in growth. Every single client is growing – many quite dramatically while others a bit slower, yet growth just the same. Although rapid growth is exciting, it can also be one of the most challenging. Systems can provide the perfect tool to leverage for success – and project management is your ticket to ensure success. Growth can be challenging for companies both large and small. Whether the client is still relatively small and concerned with cash flow or whether they are much larger and trying to purchase buildings and machines, growth will bring growing pains. Customers do not…
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