Tag Archive: strategic

Keeping an Eye on Global Markets

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If there ever was a strategic topic of critical importance no matter your position in the supply chain, it is keeping an eye on global markets.  We’ve worked with clients who ONLY source materials, components and products from U.S.-based suppliers.  Yet, even they must pay attention to global markets to thrive.  Are you making this a priority? There are countless reasons to stay informed of global markets.  First and foremost, we live in a global society. It isn’t practical to go through a day without coming into contact with products, services, people, currencies and more from around the world. A…
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Hawaii and Strategic Thinking

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I met my global consulting group in Hawaii to talk strategy.  Have you thought about where you are going lately? More importantly, have you thought about why you are going there? It is quite easy to get caught up in doing whatever you set out to do a year or two prior when you set your strategy.  But don’t things change?  Certainly, the world stage continues to evolve. Put dedicated thought into your strategy, set aside time to think and consider different viewpoints. In my case, gaining input from some of the best consultants from different countries and specialties while putting…
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There is More to Chicago than Good Pizza. Logistics Anyone?

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My aunt worked at CSX rail outside Chicago for her entire career.  Growing up, it sounded like odd, middle of the night shifts was what rail was all about.  Now, rail – and specifically Chicago – have become strategic. As people moved west in the good old days, Chicago became a rail hub, and it remains so today. When having supply chain network strategy discussions with clients, Chicago often arises since it connects rail across the country. Now Chicago has expanded beyond rail to become a high-tech logistics hub.  And with transportation rates tight with no end in sight, we…
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Do You Have an Eye to the Future?

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Do you have an eye on the future? Take a few minutes to consider this question. We should be keeping an eye on the future and building agility in our strategy setting process.
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Keep a Strategic Eye

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The verdict is in – those executives that keep a continual eye on strategy outperform the rest. Certainly, after spending a week in Fiji thinking about strategy, I am focused on the power of keeping a strategic eye at all times.  It is undoubtedly what our most successful clients do. We have learned to keep an eye on what “works” across organization sizes, industry types, and more.  Recently, we were in a final project review meeting with a large, complex organization’s CEO, and he continually kept an eye on strategy. As much as he appreciated the tactical results, the strategic…
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Strategic Thinking & the Value of Changing Your Environment

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Last week, I went to Rhode Island to meet with my global strategy group. It is simply amazing how a change of scenery can achieve wonders when it comes to emptying the mind so that strategic thoughts can enter. I haven’t spent time in Providence and East Greenwich previously and both are starkly different from Southern CA. Providence is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., and home to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (pictured below) whereas East Greenwich is hard to beat when it comes to charm and food. Do you get away to empty…
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APICS-IE Symposium Spotlights Global Supply Chain

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APICS Inland Empire Symposium Sets Stage for Global Supply Chain Strategies, Compliance, and Sourcing Decisions The October 29 Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium will focus on managing and navigating Global Supply Chains giving manufacturing and logistics attendees access to an expert panel with international law, global supply chain and manufacturing and international trade experience. The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, will be delivering an international-focused meeting on global supply chain trends and strategies at its Navigating Global Supply Chain Fall Executive Panel & Networking Symposium on October 29  in Corona, Calif. Expert panelists including international business attorney John Tulac; Josie…
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