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Research on Outsourcing Trends in Manufacturing

October 20th, 2016
Lisa Anderson

Manufacturing Connector Lisa Anderson initiates research study to better understand the outsourcing, nearsourcing and insourcing trends and how these practices impact manufacturers’ and distributors’ strategies.

LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson Conducts Research on Outsourcing Trends in Manufacturing

Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group, is launching a third industry research study to help manufacturers, distributors and supply chain executives identify, understand and anticipate the trends in outsourcing, nearsouring and insourcing. On the heels of the recession and an earlier trend by business to outsource, many businesses have jumped on the outsourcing bandwagon only to reverse course and bring all or some of their production back in-house. Later hybrids of insourcing and nearsourcing have helped companies maximize total value and more effectively meet customer demand. The study will look at national trends and have a subset of Southern California business activities.

“It is our goal to be on the leading edge of trends impacting manufacturers and distributors so that we can recommend strategies to not only remain competitive but to thrive in today’s era of volatility,” explains Anderson. “Following on two of the most vital ingredients for success of any company – employees and customers – reflected in our Skills Gap research and Amazon Effect studies, we wanted to turn our attention to a topic receiving global attention that greatly impacts both employees and customers — outsourcing, nearsourcing and insourcing. I saw many executives follow the popular wave of outsourcing with short-sighted decisions to outsource key products because they thought they would save significant labor costs and be congratulated by corporate, Boards and the like, only to find out it wasn’t as easy or successful as they thought. Not only did they consume all sorts of resources in trying to manage the process, they also extended lead times, created disgruntled customers and often-times, stockpiled inventory. With the emergence of some of the newer, hybrid versions of nearsourcing and insourcing and with the rise of the customer in today’s Amazon-impacted and high-tech, automated world, I think it will be fascinating to see what can and should be reversed and what innovations can be developed to support this “what makes sense” strategy of positioning inventory close to the customer.”

Capitalizing on her over 25 years of experience advising manufacturers and distributors on supply chain, operations, ERP and SIOP, Anderson continually provides data that helps manufacturers and distributors focus in on which people, process and system improvements are essential to preparing their supply chains to create a sustainable advantage.

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For information about Lisa Anderson, go to https://www.lma-consultinggroup.com/ or call 909.630.3943.


Lisa Anderson Selected as Toyota Women in Supply Chain Mentor

September 16th, 2016
Lisa Anderson

LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson has been selected Toyota Women in Supply Chain Mentor for The Peter F. Drucker Center.

Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group, was selected to participate in The Toyota Women in Supply Chain Mentoring Program sponsored by the Toyota Foundation and The Peter F. Drucker Center for Supply Chain & Logistics, Claremont Colleges. Anderson, a sought after speaker on supply chain, customer service, skills gap, ERP, SIOP, and the Amazon Effect and its impact on business operations of manufacturers and distributors, will mentor a student and help her be ‘economy-ready,’ understanding the people, process, strategy, structure and technology involved in Global Supply Chain Operations.

Anderson is board approved in supply chain strategy, an advisory board member for the Advanced Supply Chain Certification program, and was named a top 100 supply chain blogger on SupplyChainOpz. Recognized as the 16th most influential person in supply chain management and sustainability by technology leader SAP’s “Top 46 Resource and Optimizations Influencers (Plus a Few Others),” she retains Pomona College interns to help them gain valuable experience, co-chairs the APICS West Coast Student Case Competition and sponsors student participation in APICS-IE.

“I remember coming out of college and having to do a lot of learning on the job,” explains LMA Consulting President Lisa Anderson. “I’ve been fortunate to have several wonderful mentors who helped me navigate the “real business world” and apply what I learned in school to drive business results. Without a doubt, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. Thus, I’d like to pass on the same type of knowledge to my mentees.”

“Supply chains have become substantially more complex over the last several years. For example, supply chains have extended (with many more players involved), natural disasters have created customer disruption, security threats are commonplace and Amazon has driven elevated customer expectations which have created a supply chain skills gap. There has never been a better time for women to rise to the occasion. I find vast talent in young women. With a bit of mentoring, they can thrive, fill critical gaps in organizations and develop rewarding careers in supply chain management.”

Celebrating its 11th year, LMA Consulting Group helps growing companies elevate overall business performance while creating a customer service edge. Through a number of proven proprietary processes, LMA Consulting Group can pinpoint areas for improvement with eagle eye precision and develop the strategies to deliver results. Anderson, also known as The Manufacturing ConnectorSM, is currently working on a book entitled “The Amazon Effect” detailing a business roadmap to thriving in an ultra-competitive marketplace. A regular content contributor in topics including supply chain, ERP and SIOP, she has been interviewed for articles in publications like Industry Week, tED Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. She actively posts educational blogs three times weekly and has two newsletters, Profit through PeopleSM and “I’ve Been Thinking.” For information about Lisa Anderson, go to https://www.lma-consultinggroup.com/ or call 909.630.3943.


Profit through People: Making the Connection in Manufacturing

September 23rd, 2014
profit through people

More than ever manufacturing and distribution operations are linked and fueled by people worldwide. When you make them the cornerstone of your success profit will follow.

Supply Chain is about making connections and when I talk about The Manufacturing Connector(SM), I am referring to the comprehensive process to connect the rapid assessment and identification of key priorities with the execution of results through the right combination of end-to-end supply chain expertise and improvements in people, processes and systems.

When going into additional depth when it comes to people (Profit through People), I find that it is where I spend 80% of my time and attention for my most successful clients. Thus sit up and pay attention!

The reason people are cornerstone to success and my original brand was “Profit through People”, even though I focus on end-to-end supply chain topics, is because people make or break success. I can’t think of a success story within my clients or contacts where people didn’t play a vital role. Can you?

For example, in order to radically slash lead times, it takes more than dictating a change to Customer Service; instead, it involves each aspect of your order fulfillment process from taking orders to planning production, collaborating with suppliers, managing capacity, resolving operational bottlenecks, implementing the concept of flow (lean thinking), etc. How can such a change be successful unless leaders rise to the challenge, cross-functional teams get formed, culture change occur, metrics get measured, and change management becomes commonplace?

Now expand your thinking to your supply chain partners. Are you collaborating with your customers? Do you have communication processes in place with your bank? Can they support your cash flow needs? How about your insurance carriers? Attorneys? Contract manufacturers? Etc.? It must be one, inter-connected web to succeed, and it will boil down to people!

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