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Risk in Global Supply Chain Is on the Rise

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According to the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) risk index, risk is the highest since 2013. It is easy to become complacent. Are you adding risk into your supply chain conversations and plans? The increase is driven by supply chain risk in Western and Central Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically: Western Europe – This trend is clearest in Western Europe, where risk rose to 2.63 in Q3 from 2.60 in the previous quarter. The uncertainty around the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the European Union has had a negative impact on trade…
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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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The Importance of Controlled Speed

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Last week I was in New Zealand, and I went on a wild ride on the Dart River (see below). We went at 100 kph with just 4 inches of water. It was a thrilling ride with amazing scenery in the background, and it got me thinking about the critical importance of speed in today’s workplace. EVERY single one of my clients must grow, improve service levels, reduce lead time, maximize margins, and improve efficiencies — YESTERDAY. Speed of results is of the essence. It has been the focus of my clients since the recession (as cash was the focus during the…
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8 Hot Trends in Supply Chain

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It has been a week of supply chain immersion. We were knee deep in supply chain trends at MCIE’s manufacturers’ summit, the Supply Chain Summit and the APICS-IE executive panel and networking symposium on emerging supply chain trends. It goes to tell you that it is a hot topic! For a company to be successful, the supply chain cannot be overlooked. As always, it is important to keep our ears open for trends and watch-out’s. Certainly the latest trends were discussed at each event. What were most interesting were those trends in common among all events and speakers: Speed: With Amazon…
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TST to Drive Supply Chain Performance

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Our most successful clients are constantly thinking about where they are headed. They think about why they are going there — how does it fit with their vision? How does it have meaning for their customers? Employees? Supply chain partners? They also think about emerging trends — what is most likely to impact their business? What do they have control over? What opportunities can they leverage? Can they turn lemons into lemonade? How? Our role is to stay ahead of the curve so that I can help my clients achieve dramatic results. Thus, we’ve incorporated the following best practices and…
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Have You Performed a Supply Chain Checkup Lately?

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As supply chains have become complex, it is no longer a “nice-to-have” to perform supply chain checkups. It has become an imperative. Supply chain performance will have a direct impact on whether a company can grow, whether customers are happy (or searching for competitive alternatives), whether profit will increase, and whether cash will be available. Thus, it must move from being an afterthought to a vital component of strategy. Supply chains have countless components and moving parts. Strategy, culture, people, processes, and systems are all relevant and must be considered in supply chain design. They are cross-functional, cross-organizational and global.…
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