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Inaugural LMA Futurist Award 2020: Corona Clipper

September 29th, 2020

Since our 10 year anniversary in 2015, we have been recognizing people who have contributed to our success with our LMA Advocate award. In the last few years, we have been thinking about starting a corporate award of excellence.  We wanted to make sure it was special and positioned with our most successful and proactive clients in mind. When COVID hit, it inspired the synthesis of these thoughts into our inaugural LMA Futurist award.

The LMA Futurist is to recognize the organization and leaders who go above and beyond “excellence”. Although excellence is certainly desirable, it is no longer enough. We must achieve excellence, resilience and see into the future in order to be proactive and strategic instead of reactive and playing catch up in the marketplace.  The LMA Futurist embodies these qualities, recognizing organizational leaders who think beyond current circumstances, prepare their organization for changing conditions and, of course, strive for efficiency and effectiveness in running the business. For our inaugural LMA Futurist award, I’m excited to recognize Corona Clipper and president, Steve Erickson.

Steve Erickson and the Corona Clipper team epitomize the LMA Futurist. It goes without saying that there is a constant persistence to strive for excellence – grow sales, increase profitability, accelerate cash flow, create customer engagement, lower costs and much more. And, they do not stop there. For example, early in the e-commerce world, Steve and the team were exploring options to expand their business and grow in this area. They took tangible, parallel tangible steps forward with research and explored options to grow Corona.com, as well as their business with Amazon, Home Depot and others. When COVID-19 hit, they were prepared to pivot with e-commerce.

In addition, they constantly reevaluate supply options in Asia, Mexico and other countries. So when the tariffs hit, they were already in transition in moving some volume to Vietnam. Thinking strategically never stops. How to successfully achieve customer responsiveness in product innovation and customer service while managing costs remains top of mind. I’m thrilled to recognize Corona Clipper and Steve Erickson with the LMA Futurist.

One Tip to Implement This Week:
Follow the lead of Corona Clipper. Here are a few insights into their success:

  1. Think multiple chess moves ahead of the competition: Easier said than done.  Yet, with education, examples, trials, practice and persistence, it is achievable.
  2. Innovate, innovate, innovate: The most successful organizations and leaders post-COVID will be those that innovate.
  3. Collaborate with the best: Surround yourself with experts and expertise.
  4. Remember that people are your #1 asset: We follow and prefer to do business with people, not companies. Your employees, customers, suppliers, trusted advisors….
  5. Stay current: Don’t follow fads.  Understand trends, capabilities, options and opportunities.

Consider these strategies if you are interested in achieving profitable growth and making an impact. Read more about these types of ideas to navigate and successfully emerge post COVID-19 in my free eBook Future-Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post COVID-19. Please send your feedback and stories. I will incorporate them into an upcoming article, video or interview.

Stay safe & healthy.



Manufacturing Expert, Lisa Anderson, Announces LMA Consulting Advocate and Futurist Awards

September 23rd, 2020

CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – September 23, 2020 –  Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expert,  Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD, president of LMA Consulting Group Inc., has announced the 2020 LMA Advocate and Futurist Awards. LMA Consulting Group works with manufacturers and distributors on strategy and end-to-end supply chain transformation to maximize the customer experience and enable profitable, scalable, dramatic business growth.

Advocates, partners and centers of influence are key to LMA Consulting’s continued growth and success.
“This year marks 15 years since founding the firm. I have learned that adding value to a client project is more than simply providing advice and guidance. It means collaboration and sharing insights, experience and resources. The supply chain touches every part of an organization. The value that I bring includes providing resources and specialists in areas that are adjacent to my work. I work hard at building relationships with experts in other fields, so that I can provide the ultimate in a customer experience for my clients. It’s important to recognize the colleagues who have contributed to my success,” commented Ms. Anderson.

The 2020 LMA Advocate award recipient is Shannon Reininger. Shannon has been both a client and a colleague.  “I have worked with and alongside Shannon for several years. We have worked together on SIOP (Sales, Inventory, Operations, Planning) and supply chain management initiatives. I have experienced first-hand, the power of her ability to work collaboratively through the dynamics of both turnaround and growth situations. Her reputation for credibility, value creation and team building are second to none.  She has been a huge supporter of the Supply Chain industry and ASCM/APICS, our industry association, taking on the role of educator and advocate,” Ms. Anderson explained.

2020 has been a year like none other. Manufacturing operations and extended supply chains have experienced unprecedented disruption and volatility. Companies that had plans in place and were agile enough to quickly address these supply chain disruptions and those that pivoted quickly to changing customer needs have been rewarded. “So many companies tend to be reactionary. Companies that are consciously interested in achieving excellence, focusing on continuous improvement, innovation and looking ahead tend to be ahead of the curve and in growth mode. This year, I have added ‘The Futurist’ award to recognize a client company that is always working to achieve excellence, resilience and to shape the future to enhance the customer experience. Corona Clipper, Ltd seems to have a crystal ball as they plan for the near-term and long-term, think strategically and design their products, services and end-to-end supply chain with evolving customer needs in mind. Steve Erickson, President, challenges his team to look for new and different ways to continuously improve the customer experience, ultimately improving the supply chain. It was only fitting that we awarded Steve and his team, the first LMA Futurist crystal ball” Ms. Anderson said.

Ms. Anderson recently released an eBook, Future-Proofing Manufacturing & the Supply Chain Post COVID-19. It provides readers with insights, advice and experiential value for creating the ultimate in customer experience.

About LMA Consulting Group – Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD

Lisa Anderson is the founder and president of LMA Consulting Group, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in manufacturing strategy and end-to-end supply chain transformation.  She focuses on maximizing the customer experience and enabling profitable, scalable, dramatic business growth. Ms. Anderson is a recognized Supply Chain thought leader by SelectHub, named a Top 40 B2B Tech Influencer by arketi group, 50 ERP Influencer by Washington-Frank, a top 46 most influential in Supply Chain by SAP and named a top woman influencer by Solutions Review. She recently published, I’ve Been Thinking, 101 strategies for creating bold customer promises and profits. A regular content contributor on topics including a superior customer experience with SIOP, advancing innovation and making the supply chain resilient, Ms. Anderson is regularly interviewed and quoted by publications such as Industry Week, tED magazine and the Wall Street Journal.  For information, to sign up for her Profit Through PeopleTM Newsletter or for a copy of her book, visit LMA-ConsultingGroup.com.                                       

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LMA Advocate 2020: Shannon Reininger

September 10th, 2020

In 2015, we kicked off the LMA Advocate awards to recognize those people who have been instrumental to our growth and success.  We started with 10 people to celebrate the 10 years since we started the business and we now add one each year. Although I’ve learned plenty along the way, one thing I did “right” from the start was “collect” good people. Our LMA Advocates are the “best of the best” who we’ve worked with through the years.  I am eternally thankful and thrilled to work with them. For 2020, I’m excited to recognize Shannon Reininger.

 Shannon Reininger and I have worked together for 10 years with clients, as well as with non-profit board collaborations. We worked together at two separate clients.  She is well-respected for her hard work, innovative capabilities (always finding new solutions to complex issues) and the value she brings to the bottom line.  In fact, a third client brought me on board solely based on her recommendation that LMA was the group to work with to achieve SIOP results. Shannon turned around planning/ production control, materials management, procurement and logistics functions at multiple clients and she never stops. She is one of the few professionals I’ve met who can manage effectively in turnaround situations, as well as profitable growth scenarios. It stands out in my mind that she not only took on a new area (reverse logistics) to learn the ropes, but she also found ways to work with the team to build morale and drive significant value to the bottom line.

We have also spent quite a bit of time together working on non-profit objectives related to ASCM/ APICS. She took on educating coworkers on the APICS body of knowledge. And, of course, she took it further than the typical instructor to ensure her coworkers learned and could apply the concepts. She has also helped me brainstorm topics such as how to manage cost up the chain in the aerospace industry, how to proactively manage demand in a make-to-order/engineer-to-order environment and many more. Shannon makes a positive, lasting imprint on her work places, colleagues and association members.

One Tip to Implement This Week:
Follow Shannon’s lead. Here are a few of the NUMEROUS options you can pursue that pop to mind when thinking of Shannon and her many accomplishments.

  1. Never stop learning: Pursue your APICS certification. Don’t be afraid to dive into new topics, try new ideas, attend conferences and brainstorm with colleagues, etc.
  2. Never stop improving: Research the latest trends, test new theories, trial new products, services and processes, implement what works and improve upon what doesn’t.
  3. Never waste resources: Always look for ways to maximize benefit, minimize risks, reduce waste and utilize already-existing resources to achieve progress.
  4. Never assume you know it all: Listen to your team’s ideas, remove obstacles and help the team turn ideas into reality.
  5. Never lose sight of the customer: Keep your customers and their needs top of mind.
  6. Never stop looking for new solutions: During COVID, Shannon quickly went to her local restaurant to use excess stock in a win-win deal while everyone else followed a panic shopping strategy.

Many of these strategies are simply uncommon common sense and best business practices. Read more about these types of ideas to navigate and successfully emerge post COVID-19 in my free eBook Future-Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post COVID-19. Please send your feedback and stories. I will them incorporate into a future article, video or interview.

Stay safe & healthy.



The Importance of Continual Learning

September 18th, 2018

Recently, we updated our website.  It prompted a lot of thinking about many aspects of business.  One is the importance of continual learning.  As you’ll see on our Continual Learning webpage, it is a priority.  With that said, I’ve noticed that the most successful people (clients, colleagues, fellow Board members etc.) have continual learning in common.  There is definitely something behind this trend!  It reminds me of one of our LMA Advocate winners, Valerie Ladd – her continual learning is quite impressive.  She never stops learning – and all with a positive attitude to boot.

 

 

 

 

When thinking about continual learning for LMA Consulting, we focus on three categories:

1) Future trends in business, the economy, the industry, our area of expertise etc.
2) Technology trends & disruptors
3) Local & global trends.

What are you learning?

One tip to implement this week:
There are countless ways to add or expand on your continual learning.  Instead of getting stuck in a sea of possibilities, just choose one or two and start there.  Don’t worry if they are the best ones or will provide the greatest benefit.  Just start!  Waiting for perfection is a LONG road….your competition will certainly pass you by.

With that said, if you’d like some ideas of where to go for continual learning, here are several that pop to mind:
1) Ask your mentor.
2) Talk with colleagues and ask what they are learning – or ask to learn more about their role and challenges.
3) Go to a trade association meeting.  For example, APICS Inland Empire provides programs, symposiums, tours and education to provide value to manufacturing and distribution professionals.
4) Go to an alumni meeting.
5) Attend a local chamber or business club.
6) Read the news, magazines and blogs related to your field.
7) Call a customer or supplier.
8) Join a mastermind.
9) Call a former colleague or manager.
10)  Attend a tradeshow.

What are you going to do?