Category: Supply Chain Briefing

What’s Going on in Supply Chain: Shark Bite Biz Video

September 8th, 2020

David Strausser, podcast host of Shark Bite Biz, and I talk about what’s going on in supply chain. We talk e-commerce, customers’ customers, suppliers’ suppliers, what our most successful clients are doing currently, the pareto principle and more. Listen to our episode (after a short advertisement).

 

       

What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise?
Although there are many steps every manufacturer or distributor should take during these unprecedented times, there are a few critical and common steps everyone should pursue. At a minimum, immediately address the following:

  1. Your customers’ customers – Understand your demand, changing buying behaviors, changing product and service needs, etc.
  2. Your suppliers’ suppliers – Understand your supply capabilities, your suppliers and suppliers’ suppliers cash positions, risks, ability to innovate, etc.
  3. Don’t forget your internal operations – The equivalent of your customers’ customers’ view of your operations, capacity, staffing flexibility, skills, etc.
  4. Frequent touch points – Demand and supply (SIOP), employees, customers and suppliers
  5. Sync up with your strategy – Are you still going in the “right’ direction? Think about rapid and agile strategy.
  6. Innovate – Only those that innovate thrive. During these unprecedented times, successful companies will pull away from the pack by innovating.

Read more about these types of topics in my eBook,  Future-Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post COVID-19. Gain ideas and strategies to successfully emerging from coronavirus and thrive long-term. If you are interested in doing an assessment and rapid roadmap tailored to your company, please contact us about this new service offering.

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Digitization of the Supply Chain is Accelerating

August 28th, 2020

With COVID-19, the rise of e-commerce, and the pressures of profitability, Industry 4.0 and the digitization of the supply chain is accelerating. What was on track for 2030 prior to COVID-19 should be expedited to 2021 or 2022 to keep pace with needs. For example, according to the Wall Street Journal, Fed Ex is installing robots with eyes and brains that allow them to sense and respond. Smart companies are not only proceeding with technology plans but expediting them. What is happening in your industry? What should you be investing in and/or implementing to stay ahead of the curve in providing a superior customer experience profitably?

What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise?
Undoubtedly, you should dust off your technology roadmap. Technology is never something to do simply to keep up with technology the competition is using.  Instead, think about what you need to simplify, automate and predict. Think about how to provide a superior customer experience and think about how to help your customers predict future sales and/or end customer needs. And think about how to increase profitability and efficiency. From this mindset, what technology would add value to your business?

Several clients are in desperate need of upgrading their ERP systems. Of course, it is easy to put off such a massive project and investment.  Ask yourself this question: When do you need the functionality to support your business? If you need it within the next year, you do not have time to delay! In addition, many clients need e-commerce, CRM, sales forecasting and other customer-related technologies. Do you think you have time to wait to provide extra value to your customers? I doubt it! Finally, we are also noticing that technologies that enable efficient manufacturing and supply chain operations are increasing in importance. As a result, predictive forecasting and planning systems, WMS and TMS systems and more are gaining in popularity. What makes sense for you?

Read more about these types of topics in my eBook,  Future-Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post COVID-19. Gain ideas and strategies to successfully emerging from COVID-19 and thrive in 2021. If you are interested in doing an assessment of your current situation, associated risks and opportunities and how to navigate changing conditions, please contact us.

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A Ray of Hope with Export

August 4th, 2020

As I participate with the California DEC (District Export Council) meeting as part of the Inland Empire DEC, I continue to be reminded of the vast opportunity of export. This is especially true during the pandemic as manufacturers innovate to be able to support critical needs in the U.S. and throughout the globe. For example, many Southern CA and Inland Empire companies pivoted in response to PPE needs, as well as other critical industries’ changing requirements. The Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles talked up the opportunities of export at the Southern California Supply Chain Summit conference, recently.

California exported $174 billion in 2019.  The Inland Empire is in the top 10% of all surveyed areas in export. The statistics are powerful.  If you consider 95% of all potential customers are outside of the U.S., we have vast potential to increase. Less than 1% of American companies export.  Opportunities abound.  And, fees for exporting services have been reduced during the pandemic. Opportunity is ripe!

What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise?
As you perform a rapid strategic assessment during the pandemic to determine where to focus resources to thrive post COVID-19, potential to export should be on the table. There are vast resources available through the District Export Councils. as well as the trusted advisor network to aid in the process. Each business is different. Yet, we’ve seen unprecedented potential in export in a multitude of industries our manufacturing and distribution clients cover. I chair the Import & Export Advanced Manufacturers Alliance of the Inland Empire, as part of the path forward following a Brookings study in the region.

One of my favorite quotes of all time included in one of our Predictions documents was from Roy Paulson of Paulson Manufacturing, a significant exporter in the Inland Empire. He said, “As a view looking forward in these auspicious times, expect to see more talk of tariffs, threats and waving of hands, all the while, those of us in exporting will be busy making deals, signing contracts and getting business done.” Fast-forward to the pandemic, and Roy purchased additional machinery and equipment to rapidly increase output to support as many people, businesses and countries as possible with PPE.

Read more about these types of topics in my eBook,  Future-Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post COVID-19. Gain ideas and strategies to successfully emerging from coronavirus and thrive in 2021.

If you are interested in doing an assessment of your current situation, associated risks and opportunities and how to navigate changing conditions, please contact us.

 

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What’s Going on in Logistics & the Upcoming E-commerce & Logistics Summit

July 30th, 2020

The most recent webinar in our APICS Inland Empire webinar series featured Frank Moullet from Shamrock Foods talking about distribution, food service and how they’ve navigated through COVID-19. We had an engaging discussion on how they made a sharp right turn pivot early on and why people remain critical to success.

 

       

The world is changing rapidly. E-commerce is rising rapidly as consumers gain comfort ordering for home delivery instead of venturing out to the store. Of course, this is creating ripples throughout the supply chain. Distributors are re-thinking inventory strategy. Almost every executive is realizing that agility and resilience are vital to success. According to a National Association of Manufacturers’ recent webinar with CFO and COO experts, automation is top of mind, as well.

Join me on July 22nd as I moderate a panel discussion, Building Resiliency in Supply Chain at the E-Commerce & Logistics Summit. There is a special rate for APICS members for $30. Use special rate code BODshares708.

What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise?
In manufacturing and logistics, we have been quite preoccupied trying to keep up with volatile demand and supply swings, let alone how to do that keeping profitability and cashflow intact. So, it makes good sense to take a few minutes and take a step back to listen to folks who have found paths to success and/or are piloting/researching new concepts that could “work” in your industry or company. I definitely recommend listening to our APICS webinar with Shamrock Foods Branch Operations Manager Frank Moullet and/or join us at the E-commerce and Logistics Summit.

Additionally, keep abreast of what is going on in your industry, your profession and within the end-to-end supply chain that will impact you. Read industry magazines, keep an eye out for noteworthy news and key trends. We address these topics as well as many others in my eBook,  Future-Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post COVID-19. Gain ideas and strategies to successfully emerging from coronavirus and thrive in 2021. If you are interested in doing an assessment of your global supply chain footprint, associated risks and opportunities and how to navigate changing conditions, please contact us.

 



Paying Attention to Reshoring & USMCA?

July 18th, 2020

 

As supply chain has gained in prominence in the media with the increase in tariffs and the many challenges associated with coronavirus, reshoring has become of keen interest. Surveys are showing it is more than just a passing interest with executives. Instead, it is in motion! Listen to my video on this hot topic.

What’s Happening Video Series

Supply Chain: Reshoring

In addition, the USMCA went into effect as of 7/1. Here are a few of the key components:

1) Automobiles must have 75% of their components manufactured in the U.S., Mexico or Canada to qualify for zero tariffs.
2) 40-45% of automobile parts must be made by workers who earn at least $16/hr by 2023, and Mexico agreed to pass new laws that give greater protection to workers.
3) U.S. farmers gain more access to the Canadian dairy market.
4) Intellectual property and digital trade provisions.
5) Sunset clause after 16 years with a review every 6 years.

What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise?
As we are all very distracted with everything going on around us, reshoring and USMCA will change the global supply chain scene. They will impact almost everyone in some way or another. Have you figured out what will change and what you should do differently, if anything? If it doesn’t impact you directly, will it impact a customer, supplier or transportation partner? How will that impact you? Lastly, are there risks and/or opportunities for you to consider?

Have you thought of doing an assessment of your global supply chain footprint? What risks exist? More importantly, what opportunities exist with changing conditions? We address these topics as well as many others in my eBook,  Future-Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post COVID-19. Gain ideas and strategies to successfully emerge from coronavirus and thrive in 2021.

Please share your stories, challenges, ideas and successes. Contact us and please join in our free webinar series and listen to our archives.