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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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Leverage Supply Chain Trends for Success

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As the year starts up, it seems an opportune time to discuss supply chain management trends. I find that those clients that pay attention to trends and find opportunities to leverage them often surpass their competition. I’m working with a diverse portfolio of manufacturers and distributors ranging from $6 million dollar, family-owned businesses to $100 million dollar facilities of multi-billion dollar, global companies.  When I see trends that cross company-size, geography, position, etc., I take note.  If you can apply the “right” best practice to the “right” situation at the “right” time with the “right” people, you can dramatically increase…
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The Amazon Effect: Critical Importance of Customer Service

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Companies that create loyal fans of customers thrive and leave the rest in the dust!  This has never been truer than it is in today’s new normal business environment.  That’s why my APICS Inland Empire chapter is bringing together top executives to discuss the topic at our fall executive panel and networking symposium on the Amazon Effect: The Critical Importance of Customer Service for Manufacturers and Distributors on Nov 8th at Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, CA. Customer service has been at least a component of why I was called into 100% of my clients in the last few…
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Systems Pragmatist: Connecting Processes, Systems, Company Objectives

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When applying my Systems Pragmatist viewpoint to analyzing manufacturing processes and systems, I revisit the fundamentals as they are essential to delivering bottom line business results. Those clients who want to skip over the “hard work” of defining and improving processes and leveraging systems are destined to failure whereas those who take the time to ensure that these bedrock concepts are in place thrive. Undoubtedly, I find the key to success to be in connection points. Is your process documented? It’s amazing how often clients should start here.  By understanding your current process, opportunities for improvement jump out!  Do your processes…
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8 Strongest Links from Supply Chain Management

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As I’ve been going through my hundreds of articles to put together the 100 tips, it’s become obvious as to which topics resonated with me as those essential to delivering bottom line business results. Here are a few highlights from supply chain management: 1. Demand Planning: It starts here.  What do you think your customers need?  What will set you apart from the competition? 2. Planning/ Inventory management: Who doesn’t have too much, too little, or not the “right” items at the “right” place at the “right” time throughout your end-to-end supply chain? 3. Inventory accuracy: Of course inventory accuracy affects efficiencies…
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Is Outsourcing Dead?

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GE has started to rev up Appliance Park again – and is starting to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. A few of my key contacts and clients have asked about re-shoring. The buzz in the news is beginning to focus on re-shoring. Add it all up – re-shoring to North America is definitely on the rise. Are you positioned to leverage this new trend? First, it makes sense to think through WHY we’d be thinking of re-shoring. There are several key points to consider: 1) Service & quality. 2) Speed & flexibility. 3) Cash. 4) Total Cost. 5) Risk.…
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Speed is King: How Do We Leverage for Project Management?

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In today’s new normal business environment, customers want products and services delivered quicker. Investors want month-end numbers faster. Customers expect new products yesterday. Executives are expected to sift through an immense amount of information and make rapid decisions. Boil it down – speed is a differentiator. In my experience as an operations strategist and global business consultant and with hundreds of projects of all shapes and sizes behind me, I find that there can be hundreds or thousands of moving parts in any project or program. In these situations, it’s hard enough to keep track of all the pieces and…
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