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The Resilient Supply Chain: Are You Prepared for AI & Automation?

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Will artificial intelligence and automation impact your industry?  Most likely the answer is yes.  The only question is how. At the very minimum, you should be paying attention so you can make sure you are taking potential advancements into account in your strategy.   In the accounting industry, AI has the opportunity to transform and automate a significant number of jobs.   Manufacturing has already been impacted by automation. Of course, it is likely to continue to evolve and it has the potential to transform the logistics industry.  Here are a few potential applications:    Instructions – Artificial intelligence certainly seems…
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The Resilient Supply Chain: Can You Get Trucks?

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Are you able to find trucks?  This is quickly becoming a major question that needs to be answered.  Every driver has at least 12 options. Why will he/she take your load?  Are you attractive to carriers? That is the key question. After all, you can carry inventory so you are responsive (assuming you planned well and have the right inventory at the right place at the right time) but if you cannot deliver, it was all for naught. According to the Journal of Commerce, truck rates are up in the low double digits half way through the year.  And, they…
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Do You Give Back?

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We are all so busy that it can be hard to find time to give back.  Yet, the future of our profession, future leaders and our region is at stake.  Making this a priority during your day may not be as difficult as you think. Choose a way that works for you. Some people prefer to donate time.  Others prefer to donate money. And others donate expertise.  I started this journey because one of my colleagues, Ellen Kane, who has to be one of the most helpful people I know (and therefore there is no way to say no to…
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When is it the ‘Right’ Time for a Supply Chain Network Assessment?

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Supply Chain networks that are not set up to support scalable, profitable growth have a high likelihood of negatively impacting your customers, impeding your growth and consuming far more resources than they were ever imagined to sustain.  What is ideally mapped out one year is likely to change the next in today’s Amazonian marketplace. Thus, assessing your supply chain network from your suppliers’ suppliers through your manufacturing and logistics networks to your customers’ customers with an eye to customers, cost and cash will undoubtedly yield results. What are some hints to know when it’s the ‘right’ time?  Renew your lease, buy…
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What’s Next in the Supply Chain?

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Our most successful clients always ask “What’s next?” as they want to stay ahead of the curve.  It is quite clear that staying on top of current trends and what is expected down-the-road is essential to successfully navigating your business to scalable, profitable growth. For example, if you think your industry might develop a new way of servicing customers, you need to attack it quickly as you afford to be left in the dust.  Clearly, providing an exceptional customer experience is important but so is developing this new service method in a scalable, profitable way. It will be much harder if…
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Conflict & Collaboration in the Supply Chain

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Have you thought about the role of conflict and collaboration in the supply chain?  When thinking of supply chain from creation to customer, there are many links and connections.  In the current supply chain model, there are connections between and among suppliers, transportation partners, manufacturers, outside processors, distributors, customers, end consumers, and much more. Within any of these connection points, there are another set of links and connections between new product development/ R&D, sales, operations, finance, HR/ staffing, and any more.  Given the sheer number of variations of connections, it becomes a critical link in achieving success. Therefore, the concepts…
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APICS-IE Symposium & Key Take-Aways on GROWTH

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Our APICS Inland Empire chapter hosted the 12th executive panel and networking symposium (over 7 years) on the theme of “Managing Rapid Growth when Manufacturing and Distribution are HOT”.  We had a fabulous panel (clearly enjoying the conversation – see below) of manufacturing and supply chain CEOs and experts.  Thanks to the APICS BOD and Kash Gokli and the Harvey Mudd team for putting on such a value-packed day! Overall, we discussed the power of manufacturing and supply chain in today’s environment.  In the era of the customer, it is all about the customer experience, rapid deliveries, e-commerce and responsiveness.…
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E-Commerce is on Fire

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At the Southern California E-Commerce and Logistics Summit, there was much discussion on e-commerce.  No matter whether you are in a consumer products company (which is typically more geared to e-commerce) or if you are in aerospace, e-commerce principles and implications will affect you.  The bottom line is that we are in the era of the customer:   E-commerce is over 10% of all retail sales currently and projected to climb over 15% by 2023 – Customer responsiveness, rapid deliveries and last mile considerations will become commonplace.  China and the U.S. account for over 80% of the e-commerce growth –…
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3D Printed Houses – Fast, Inexpensive and Fights Homelessness

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3D printing is becoming mainstream and addresses MANY of the challenges in today’s Amazon-impacted marketplace.  In this case, a non-profit, New Story, teamed up with a construction tech company, Icon, to create the Vulcan – a 3D printer that prints single-story homes.  These homes are printed in 24 hours (WOW!), for under $4000 (again, WOW) and it’s being used to fight homelessness. Check out their video:  Are you thinking about how 3D printing might impact and transform your industry? What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise? Although we should consider potential impacts of 3D printing in our…
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What IS the Supply Chain?

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Certainly, we are well-known in supply chain circles; however, what does that mean?  This topic has come up somewhat frequently lately – should we call this position an Operations Manager or a Supply Chain Manager?  Which will get us the best fit talent? Because we are known as supply chain experts, we continue to talk about the supply chain even though LOTS of people – including potential clients – are unsure what in the world that means. For a while we talked about operations but that definitely didn’t provide the appropriate vision since our passion surrounds providing bold customer promises…
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