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The Talent Transformation: People or Robots?

April 10th, 2019

The hot topic in manufacturing, supply chain, healthcare and other industries is the war on talent. No client believes he has enough “high-skilled” resources yet most also feel challenged in finding resources regardless of skill level.

On the other hand, there are statistics and studies showing that there is a talent transformation underway. According to a university of Redlands study, Most large metropolitan areas are subject to losing 55% of their current jobs due to automation. In Inland Southern CA, that number expands to 62%. Thus, what are we doing to get ahead of these trends?

I am the president of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM)’s APICS Inland Empire chapter, and we are hosting an executive panel and networking symposium on this hot topic. We have a powerful lineup of panelists to discuss and debate the talent transformation and the impact of technology and automation.

  • Paul Granillo – CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP)
  • Cindy Elliott – Global Go-to-Market Strategy Manufacturing and Supply Chain, ESRI
  • Jerry Hsiung – Robotics expert, Carnegie Mellon & Harvey Mudd
  • Jermaine Waltemeyer – Recruiter/ Practice Lead, Aerotek

Lastly, we will be adding a manufacturing/ supply chain executive to the panel as well. Seats are going quickly. Learn more and register here.

One tip to implement this week: 

Certainly, if you are interested in getting ahead of the curve in manufacturing, supply chain, healthcare and more in terms of technology and talent, join us at our symposium. It is bound to give you a few ideas!

In addition, join us at APICS-IE for our webinars, tours and programs as we will be talking about this topic and seeing it in action. For example, we will be scheduling a webinar on the digital transformation as well as tours of facilities at various stages of automation. There are also other groups that focus on these topics. For example, the Manufacturing Council of the Inland Empire (MCIE) has its annual summit in February, and the IEEP hosts the Supply Chain Summit which will be on April 26th.

Additionally, of course, there are tons of on-line resources such as the National Association of Manufacturers. And, one key to success is to expand your network so that you have resources and connections that can support your growth and advancement. Think about connecting with a colleague and start a conversation.


8 Hot Trends in Supply Chain

May 10th, 2016
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Changes in supply chain strategy and operations cannot be overlooked and we need to stay aware and forward-looking to remain competitive.

It has been a week of supply chain immersion. We were knee deep in supply chain trends at MCIE’s manufacturers’ summit, the Supply Chain Summit and the APICS-IE executive panel and networking symposium on emerging trends. It goes to tell you that it’s a hot topic! For a company to be successful, it cannot be overlooked.

As always, it is important to keep our ears open for trends and watch-out’s. Certainly the latest trends were discussed at each event. What were most interesting were those trends in common among all events and speakers:

  1. Speed: With Amazon on the scene, speed has become the norm. Quick deliveries, rapid access to data, fast turnarounds….  If you aren’t thinking about how to double your speed, you’ll be left in the dust.
  2. Data: There is quite a lot of discussion on data. How do we collect data? More importantly, how do we access the right data at the right time to make informed yet quick decisions? Can we gleam interesting trends from data?
  3. E-commerce: Although it is becoming a bit hum-drum, e-commerce remains a hot topic. How do we ship both pieces and boxes efficiently from the same distribution center? Do customers have access to place their own orders whenever they want?
  4. Bitcoins & blockchains: I heard a fascinating talk on this topic and became convinced that these concepts could have far-reaching impacts. Have you thought about instant, accurate access to inventory across your supply chain?
  5. Re-shoring: Perhaps we should think about this as positioning inventory closer to the customer while increasing control. It is gaining in popularity….
  6. Collaboration: Just think about Southern California (the #1 area for supply chain in the U.S. AND the #1 area for manufacturing in the U.S.) – without collaboration among the ports, railroads, trucking companies, 3PL’s, manufacturers and other supply chain partners, it would be a very different world.
  7. The increased need for skills: There is a great need for high-skilled supply chain talent. Technical skills AND the big picture view are critical. With baby boomers retiring and supply chains becoming more complex and interconnected, the demand for skills will continue to rise!
  8. Persistence: Specifically related to CA, we must find a way to partner with government to make it a business-friendlier state. Persistence will pay off!

Which of these trends are most affecting you? If you’d like to discuss ways to drive supply chain performance, contact us.    

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