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Reshoring in a Post COVID World & Upcoming Expert Panel

I was just interviewed by SAP Insights about the localization of supply chains and whether reshoring is a pipe dream or reality. Stay tuned for that article although this hot topic continues to arise as manufacturers and product based companies realize the significant risk of having their full supply chain [...]

Quoted in the Signal on Restocking Shelves Amid the Novel Coronavirus

I talked with the Santa Clarita Valley Signal on the problems keeping shelves stocked amid the coronavirus lockdown. We talked about the end-to-end supply chain and what impacts the supply chain would have on how quickly the shelves would be restocked. See below for the reprinted article from the [...]

Interview with Fender Guitar Executive

Can people and robots work side-by-side? It seems to be the hot topic lately.  Fender Guitar’s Senior VP of Operations, Ed Magee and I talked about talent, technology and transition after the Manufacturing Summit. At Fender, skilled craftsmen and craftswomen are critically important.  Yet, Fender also automates where it [...]

Beware of New Data Law in China & Its Impacts

January 31, 2020 According to the Epoch Times and International Business Attorney, John Tulac, China's new cybersecurity law poses a big risk for anyone doing business in China. In essence, if you send data to or from China, your data can be audited at any time. It certainly [...]

Future-Proofing Your Customers

In thinking about future-proofing your people, it makes sense to start with your customers. Have you thought about future-proofing your customers? The statistics are staggering. According to Outbound Engine, acquiring a new customer can cost five times more than retaining an existing customer. We wouldn't be surprised if the [...]

Amazon Kicks off the New Year by Creating Disruption

January 2, 2020 According to a Bloomberg article, Amazon kicked off the New Year by creating disruption. They have abruptly stopped buying products from some of their wholesalers, looking for ways to bypass wholesalers or push the cost to down the chain and increase profit. If your business depends [...]

Manufacturing Expert, Lisa Anderson, Confirms Manufacturers Focused on Customer Experience Drivers

Originally published on ExpertClick on December 19, 2019 CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – December 19, 2019 –  Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expert,  Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD, president of LMA Consulting Group Inc., confirms that manufacturers are flexible and responsive to changing customer needs and demands. LMA Consulting Group works with [...]

Will Amazon Pass UPS and FedEx?

According to a CNBC article, Amazon is already delivering half of its packages. It appears that Amazon is on target to pass by FedEx and UPS. They have had distinctly different strategies. FedEx curtailed its contract with Amazon earlier this year, and Amazon just retaliated by not allowing 3rd [...]

Future-proofing Your Manufacturing Success

One of our core roles is to pay close attention to trends, issues and opportunities that will impact our manufacturing and distribution clients so that we can give them a leg up on the competition. Lately, we have noticed that the next “big thing” will be future-proofing. Although everyone [...]

Welcome to the Next Decade: Metalworking in Industry 4.0

Published in Fabricating & Metalworking Magazine in Dec. 2019 “Our manufacturing clients have really embraced the power of AI during the last year. From improved forecast accuracy that affects inventory levels, to working more openly with changing customer needs and the overall customer experience, they are already in the [...]

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