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Emerging Hot Topic – Transportation

With the price of fuel rising 30% from January to early June, transportation costs are rising in importance again. According to 80% of the finance chiefs interviewed by the Duke University/ CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook survey, high oil prices are hurting their business. I quickly learned that my [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:37+00:00September 15, 2011|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: |

Got Cash?

You wouldn’t think so from the way companies are hoarding cash; however, in general, they have a stockpile of cash and remain leery to spend it. Last year, there was a 2% decrease in days working capital (DWC), according to CFO Magazine. Not significant by any means. Interestingly, all [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:37+00:00September 12, 2011|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: , , , |

Defining the Entrepreneurial Spirit

As originally published in Inside Supply Management August 2011 Achieve an entrepreneurial spirit or be left to slowly wither away in today’s new normal business environment.  With the retiring of the baby boomers, high commodity prices and nagging unemployment, the new normal is characterized by weak sales growth (at [...]

2020-12-23T19:02:43+00:00August 1, 2011|Categories: In The News, Innovation, Leadership|

Supply Chain Excellence

We had an APICS student case study competition last weekend in San Diego. It was the best turnout yet – 12 teams, both undergrad and grad teams. The students were quite impressive in reviewing and resolving the case study. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo won 1st place for the [...]

2020-10-13T00:04:39+00:00February 15, 2011|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: |

Logistics Is Making a Comeback in the Inland Empire

Logistics has been making a comeback in the Inland Empire in the last 6 months! The port activity is up, employers are beginning to look at projects to improve operations and hiring is on the rise. Earlier this week, I attended Norco College’s Logistics Advisory Committee meeting for their [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:37+00:00January 27, 2011|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|

USA Today Statistic – What Outlook Do CEO’s Have?

I read an interesting statistic in USA Today that two-thirds of the CEOs that Business Roundtable surveyed in September expected sales to grow in the next 6 months – on the surface, this doesn’t sound too bad; however, the article said that this is down from the prior survey [...]

2020-09-28T17:51:00+00:00October 4, 2010|Categories: Change Management|Tags: , , |

Accelerate Change Management Results

In order to succeed in today's business world, it is imperative to become excellent at change management. After all, almost every new project or initiative requires change of some sort. Therefore, the better you become at managing change successfully, the better your bottom line impact. According to Harvard Business [...]

2020-09-23T21:26:11+00:00July 6, 2010|Categories: Change Management|

Building an Innovation Culture – What Is Vital?

There’s one word – leadership! A recent Industry Week article showed several examples of innovation success – the key is that executives must be committed, patient and ready to lead by example. Doesn’t this sound like something we should do anyway? Absolutely! I think it is amazing how often [...]

2020-09-23T22:37:30+00:00May 24, 2010|Categories: Change Management|
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