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Why Inventory Will Matter Again

I was on a bit of a trip down memory lane over the holidays as I reconnected with former colleagues from when I was VP of Operations and Supply Chain at PaperPak, an absorbent products manufacturer for healthcare and food products.  I recently talked about healthcare manufacturing with a [...]

Let’s Manage Inventory for Our Customers

Amazon is propelling this age-old topic into a new realm. Since the CEO of the Ontario Airport Authority used the phrase “last mile” has become “last minute” on a panel I facilitated last year, I have shamelessly reapplied his brillant quote. If customers don’t even know what they want, [...]

The Talent Transformation: People or Robots?

No matter the industry and geography, the topic of "People vs. Robots" is a hot topic! Certainly, manufacturing has been focused on technology and automation for quite some time to navigate the path to thrive in the modern environment of high costs, regulations, and elevated customer demands. The Manufacturing [...]

Resiliency & Innovation Go Hand-in-Hand

With the high level of volatility and disruption that is commonplace in today’s business environment, creating resiliency has become a must. What we’re seeing is that creating resiliency and an innovative culture go hand-in-hand. If we find a resilient team, they are also innovative, and if we find [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:23+00:00February 22, 2019|Categories: Inner Circle, Leadership, Manufacturing, Process, Supply Chain|

How Resilient Are Your People?

We would be remiss if we went too far down-the-path with supply chain resiliency without pointing out that the ONLY way you’ll have a resilient supply chain is if you have resilient people.  Similar to building a house, without a solid foundation, the best accessories will fail to “hold [...]

How Resilient Are Your Business Partners?

As we kick off our new series “The Resilient Supply Chain”, we are thinking about resiliency from all angles that will impact success.  One of the first that pops to mind is the resilience of your business partners.  You and your company could be 100% proactive and resilient; however, [...]

Let’s Spur Innovation

Last month, I led a manufacturing roundtable on the topic of innovation. Undoubtedly, if we want to be successful over the long-term, we must innovate. Problem solving only gets us back to our standard level of performance. Although necessary, it will not be enough! Instead, to exceed our customers' [...]

What Should We Be Thinking for the 2nd Half of the Year?

As hard as it is to believe, we are almost half-way through the year.  As a result, we should be thinking NOW about what to stop, start and continue for the second half of the year.  I learned this exercise from my HR mentor (a P&G-trained guru) as we [...]

The Talent Shortage – What to Do…

In every conference and almost every conversation with a CEO or GM, the talent shortage arises.   It is on our minds! At the E-Commerce and Logistics summit, it was a consistent theme from our panel “Freight, Frictions and the Future” and it arose with each keynote speaker (President [...]

Are You Achieving Scalable, Profitable Growth?

When we look back over the last 13 years of consulting with closely-held building products manufacturers to medium, private-equity backed food and beverage firms to large aerospace corporations, every single client has one goal in common – achieving scalable, profitable growth.  It sounds somewhat easy but is far from [...]

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