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LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson Reaches Publishing Milestones

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Claremont, Calif., August 30, 2016 — LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson, a sought after manufacturing, distribution and supply chain consultant, speaker and writer who works with manufacturers and distributors in aerospace, building products and food to make and keep bold customer promises by empowering people with profit-driven strategies has completed major publishing milestones by reaching the 125th issue of her Profit through PeopleSM Newsletter and 100th edition of “I’ve Been Thinking” weekly tips publication. Complimentary to subscribers, both publications offer insights, ideas and expertise on trends including ERP, SIOP, The Amazon Effect and The Skills Gap. “I enjoy sharing these…
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Big Customer Promises

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Last week, I met with my marketing team on several topics. One of the key areas, stemming from the strategy session with my international advisory board in Sydney is “what is my unique differentiation and value proposition”. I have always been passionate about providing exceptional service which ONLY can occur if you have empowered and engaged employees. Thus, we decided upon “I work with manufacturers and distributors (with deep expertise in aerospace, building products and food industries) to make and KEEP bold customer promises by empowering people with profit-driven strategies. From my point-of-view, the promises and profit have to go…
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Lisa Anderson Reaches Publishing Milestone

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LMA Consulting Group President Lisa Anderson adds another key achievement to her many accomplishments by providing advice, guidance, strategic tips and assistance to those in supply chain, manufacturing, project management and distribution in over 70 blog post articles in Project Times, an online resource for project managers. Since 2009, Anderson has been a regular contributor to this ultimate PM destination for news, tips, resources and articles and regularly publishes on topics of project planning, project management software, project leadership and project manager skillsets. “I’m partial to the plight of the project manager since so much is contingent on the successful…
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APICS-IE Recognizes Contributions in Manufacturing

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The Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium focused on emerging supply chain trends and acknowledged those emergent leaders contributing to manufacturers, supply chain professionals and distributors to improve their education, lead times, forecasting, data analysis and supplier relationships. The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, motivated attendees with its expert panel presentation and discussion on investigating and predicting supply chain trends at its Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium: Emerging Supply Chain Trends held April 30, in Corona, Calif. In addition to expert presentations, stimulating dialogue, and industry networking; APICS-IE also recognized individuals and companies for their contributions…
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Data, Data, Data

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“Data, data, data” seems to be the hot topic for manufacturers and distributors, similarly to “location, location, location” in real estate success. What is going on? As technologies have come a long way from the “old” days, we have massive amounts of data. I heard this statistic last week – 1 gigabyte cost $1 million in 1980 whereas it costs 1 cent today. Clearly, data is affordable and accessible. Now what do we do with it? Here are some options my best clients have been researching: Dashboards: Get the “right” ERP system for your needs and display key metrics on a dashboard.…
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The Impact of China’s Slowdown

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It is somewhat of a coincidence that I’ve heard a few presentations about China recently (thanks to international attorney and China guru John Tulac as one of these experts) which synced up with the stock market plunge in China — and in the U.S. (and thus globally). Of course, that has also spurred on other conversations about China. The bottom line is that manufacturers and distributors should be weary and on alert.   It is very likely that if you are a small to mid-size business, the quality you receive from China will suffer eventually. It is less likely to…
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Manufacturers See Critical Importance of Collaboration

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According to a recent KPMG survey on the Global Manufacturing Outlook, executives are thinking about innovation. 81% are altering their business models to encourage collaboration with customers, suppliers and other partners to “improve the value of their innovation investments”. Speed is critical. Thus, a key question is how to speed up the innovation cycle – and how do we make sure results follow? Are you collaborating with your customers and suppliers? How about internal resources? SIOP (sales, inventory and operations planning) is a great vehicle for ensuring this collaboration occurs. I’ve seen dramatic improvements in lead time, service levels, capacity preparedness for growth,…
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Types of Capacity

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Capacity is a critical element for any business – and especially those interested in growth! A good place to start is to understand your capacity, which can mean different things to different people. The traditional definition relates to the total output you can expect from a machine, group of machines or facility. I view capacity as all of the following: 1. Machine – if your machines were running 24/7, what is the output you would expect? 2. Machine staffing – given your staffing levels, what is the output of your machines? 3. People – what resources and skills do you have…
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Supply Chain Trends

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Keeping up on the latest supply chain trends can be invaluable for your career and your company success. I’ve never believed in “jumping on the latest bandwagon”, just to be in the cool crowd and to have the opportunity to work with the trendy topics. However, being aware of the latest trends can be invaluable in refining your strategy and developing the optimal plans to achieve your goals. Since laws change frequently that affect supply chain, if you are not up to speed, you can follow undesirable paths. Since supply chain disruptions seem to occur more frequently than we’d like,…
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APICS Inland Empire Chapter Spring 2015 Symposium – Focus on Innovation

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Knowing how precious the weekends are for busy supply chain, manufacturing and distribution professionals needing to recharge their internal batteries, we’ve been hard at work carefully preparing another informative symposium and networking event. The ideas-rich symposium will give attendees time to network as well as participate in an expert panel discussing how our current business climate demands we innovate, how companies have integrated innovation into their cultures and where to look for new ideas to remain competitive. For our Spring 2015 Executive Panel & Networking Symposium, we are proud to have assembled a dynamic panel including the nationally-recognized authority in…
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