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Southern California Supply Chain Summit Touts Impressive Facts

April 27th, 2017

According to the Southern California Logistics & Supply Chain Summit featuring executives from Amazon, UPS, the California Trucking Association and more, supply chain has a dramatic impact on the Southern California economy and the world. For example, UPS is the 9th largest airline, has 100,000 trucks, and delivers a mind-boggling 19 million packages a day. Amazon has added 8 million square feet in California in the last 5 years, and every 1 million in square feet turns into 3 million square feet of supporting buildings.  Amazon is investing in robotics, solar panels, drones and more. The LA and Long Beach ports bring in 40% of all goods for the U.S. And the list goes on…. Have you thought about your supply chain network lately?

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What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise?

We definitely should NOT bury our head in the sand when it comes to supply chain! If you aren’t constantly learning, watching trends, keeping up with regulations and requirements and thinking about your supply chain network next year and beyond, you won’t be able to respond fast enough to the ever-changing nature of the supply chain. Therefore, attend events such as the upcoming APICS Inland Empire executive panel & networking symposium on “Disruptive Innovations in Supply Chain” and other events in your area, seek out mentors and advisers, and read the Wall Street Journal, trade magazines, on-line resources and research reports to keep up-to-date.

Also, take time to think about your company’s strategy when it comes to supply chain. What should you be tracking to stay on top of what is important to your industry, your supply chain partners, and the countries and currencies where your customers and/or suppliers are located?  What type of products do you have? Lightweight but bulky products? Large, odd-shaped products? Perishable products with a short shelf-life? Where are your customers located and what type of service do they expect? Is that changing? And the list can get VERY long. Understand your situation, likely changes in the next year and your internal and external strengths and weaknesses. You’ll have a place to start.

 



APICS-IE Spring Symposium Panel to Discuss Disruptive Innovations in Logistics

April 27th, 2017
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The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, will be hosting a meeting on global supply chain trends and strategies at its Disruptive Innovations in Logistics Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium on May 6, in Corona, CA. Expert panelists include Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, Director of the METRANS; Mark Hirzel, Customs Broker for A.N. Deringer, Inc.; Lupe Valdez, Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad; Heidi Chance, Division Manager at Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA; and, Steven C. Finley, Vice President of Re-Transportation at Kuehne + Nagel Co. Attendees will gain insight into which logistical changes matter most and how to prepare the supply chain for these advancements. In addition to a focused conversation on innovations and the future of logistics, attendees will have time to network and benchmark with area companies and build contacts within the manufacturing and distribution community to help build their careers.

“We have an amazing panel of experts to help our attendees meet the challenges of disruptive change,” says Lisa Anderson, President of APICS-IE and LMA Consulting Group.  “With their leadership and insights, manufacturing and logistics professionals will be able to anticipate and plan for the innovations they need to stay competitive and relevant in the future!”

Sponsors this year include Arbela TechnologiesBrandman UniversityManufacturing Executive Institute, andComplete Consulting Group. The APICS-IE Spring Symposium: Disruptive Innovations in Logistics will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, CA. Fees to attend the event from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM are $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and students are free. Breakfast buffet is included. Learn more and register online or cut and paste this link into your browser: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edo6z6ik0657ae8c&oseq=&c=&ch=



The Importance of Logistics & the APICS-IE Symposium

April 25th, 2017

I attended the Southern California Logistics & Supply Chain Summit last week, hosted by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, UPS and the Drucker School. It was certainly interesting to hear about the latest trends in logistics as it is such a crucial industry in Southern California and one of importance to jobs. Coincidentally, logistics is the theme for our upcoming APICS Inland Empire executive panel and networking symposium. Join us to learn more about disruptive innovations in logistics. Are you staying on top of what’s relevant to your company? No matter what you do, I have no doubt logistics affects you!

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One tip to implement this week:

Well, of course, if you are in Southern California, I advocate that you learn more and sign up for our event. We have an amazing panel of experts, and it will be engaging discussions from all walks of life – transportation policy, rail, truck, import/ export, distribution and the like. Are you interested in getting ahead of the crowd to see what’s coming?

It is also a good idea to take a few minutes to think about logistics. It is definitely cornerstone in Southern CA since 40% of all the nations cargo goes through our ports which then is transported via truck, rail, air, distribution, etc. to manufacturers, consumers, healthcare systems and more. Think about the sheer volume that someone like Amazon ships on a daily basis? It is mind boggling.

Also, did you know Southern CA is #1 in manufacturing? Every manufacturer is accompanied by logistics partners bringing materials and components in and transporting products out. Construction is still quite prevalent in the area, healthcare is on the rise – and each of these industries involves logistics.

There are countless ways to improve upon logistics to enhance your customers’ experience and increase profitability. Take a few moments to brainstorm ideas and strategize on this key topic.

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Why Does Employee Engagement Matter?

April 25th, 2017
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A disengaged workforce can cost you in productivity, profitability and lost customers. Engaging employees can be as simple as listening, giving feedback and removing obstacles to success

Employee engagement was a hot topic during the “Company Culture as a Competitive Advantage” panel at the Drucker Supply Chain Forum. Did you know that one of the most recent Gallup studies found that 67% of people are not engaged in the workplace? How horrifying is that?

Worse yet, what makes up the 67%? 51% are not engaged but 16% are actively disengaged. What? Can you imagine the obstacles to overcome to be successful in an environment where 16% of your team is working against you?

What can we do about employee engagement?

  1. Involvement– Involve your people in their work. It sounds obvious but rarely occurs. Can your employees have an impact on their work? Are they asked to participate in brainstorming sessions or kaizen events? Please, if you ask your team to participate, do not dictate the solution. You’ll create active non-involvement!
  2. Leadership– Ok, leadership can sound like motherhood and apple pie; however, have you thought about just one fact — employees do not leave companies; they leave leaders. Who is leaving your company?
  3. Performance management– Talk about a topic few leaders excel at doing, it is performance management. I was fortunate to have an OD/HR mentor who taught me almost everything I know about this topic. It is actually quite simple. Be upfront with your people. Provide immediate positive and constructive feedback. Address poor performers. This single action will achieve wonders with your stars. Don’t wait for once a year. Make time to meet one-on-one at least once a quarter.

 

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Are Robots Good or Bad?

April 19th, 2017

According to the Material Handling & Logistics, robots are slashing U.S. wages and worsening pay inequality. That is certainly a provocative statement! According to new research by MIT’s Daron Acemoglu and Boston University’s Pascual Restrepo, one additional robot per thousand workers reduces the employment to population ratio from 0.18 percentage points to 0.34 percentage points and slashes wages from 0.25% to 0.5%. Regardless of the exact figures, it is certainly accurate that robots will replace certain types of jobs.

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Is this good or bad? It is for you to decide based on your circumstances. Technology and automation can keep you competitive and “save” higher skilled jobs since costs are reduced and so there is less incentive to move manufacturing away from the customer base to a lower cost location. On the other hand, robots will minimize the number of repetitive jobs needed. Are you continually building on your skills? And, are you supporting continual skills building in your workforce?

 

What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise?

We are hearing more and more about technology, automation and robots. Thus, if you aren’t at least thinking about this strategy, you’ll likely be left in the dust. With that said, we are the first to say — do not automate for the sake of automation. Does it support a key need of your business? Will it help you provide a better customer experience? Will it help you be more competitive to grow your business? Think carefully before jumping for the sake of following the popular trend.

If you don’t have a high labor cost environment, will robots make sense? Perhaps not. Just like everyone and his brother jumped on the outsourcing craze several years ago and many later discovered it didn’t make sense in their case (often by learning the hard way with unhappy customers), think before you leap. Stay on top of the latest technology and search for business needs where this tool “fits the bill” to drive business results but do not blindly follow any person or crowd.