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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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Observation

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It is worth it to take a step back on a daily basis, if not more frequently, to observe. There is a significant power in observation – for your business, your career and your life. Although observation sounds easy, it isn’t nearly as easy in reality.  A few strategies for success include: Start off your day by looking out the window – what do you see? It can go a long way to clear your mind and just observe. As you walk around your workplace, keep an eye out for what others might “step over” – a classic example of…
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The Impact of the Volatility

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Certainly, you’d have to be hiding under a rock to not have heard about the wild swings in the global stock markets lately. Although we’ve definitely become more comfortable with volatility, it still can cause executives to take a step back and think. What if China’s slowdown affects manufacturers in the U.S. more than we realize? Should I be thinking about pulling back vs. a full court press on growth? Should I continue investing? What can I do about this wild foreign exchange market if I have suppliers and customers using different currencies?  Those executives who find a way to be…
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