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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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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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Hot Topics in Supply Chain Management?

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One of the reasons we attend the APICS International Conference is to understand what is trending in supply chain today. Which topics are “hot”? Logistics – APICS’ new certification, CLTD (certified in logistics, transportation and distribution) is the hottest ticket in town. Not only were there many educational sessions about these topics, the APICS Inland Empire chapter gets inquiries every week about it. In today’s Amazon-impacted world, logistics is cornerstone to success – how else will you deliver exceptional customer service rapidly and cost-effectively? SIOP (Sales & Operations Planning) – this is near and dear to my heart as a…
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Lisa Anderson Selected as Toyota Women in Supply Chain Mentor

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Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group, was selected to participate in The Toyota Women in Supply Chain Mentoring Program sponsored by the Toyota Foundation and The Peter F. Drucker Center for Supply Chain & Logistics, Claremont Colleges. Anderson, a sought after speaker on supply chain, customer service, skills gap, ERP, SIOP, and the Amazon Effect and its impact on business operations of manufacturers and distributors, will mentor a student and help her be ‘economy-ready,’ understanding the people, process, strategy, structure and technology involved in Global Supply Chain Operations. Anderson is board approved in supply chain strategy, an…
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I Can’t Find What I Need in My Warehouse!

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How many times have we heard this? Or, perhaps your inventory resource will keep looking until he/she finds it; however, it took them 3 times as long to pick product to ship or materials to supply the line? Perhaps the line shuts down…..not good! Unfortunately, in my experience with manufacturing and distribution companies over the last 25+ years, it happens every day. Logistics managers are constantly struggling to keep their inventory intact. The problem is that inventory accuracy is dependent on several factors spread across multiple functions: Transaction timing – it is not good enough to eventually (perhaps the end…
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SIOP is Not a Supply Chain Project

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According to the head of the Drucker school’s supply chain program, SIOP (sales, inventory and operations planning) is a hot topic with executives and supply chain leaders. I’ve found that our 4 EXCEL proprietary SIOP process has gained HUGE benefits for clients, and so I concur! However, SIOP is NOT a supply chain project; the significant growth, profit, margin, cash and service benefits come to those who treat it as an organization-wide strategic initiative. Although the supply chain and operations resources typically coordinate the SIOP process as their skills align best with the majority of the processes, the reason for…
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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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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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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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