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The Value of Continuous Learning

I've been thinking about the value of continuous learning. I am in the fortunate position of learning something new with each client and from each Board meeting (with my APICS and ProVisors groups). Last week, I met with a prospective client and saw interesting machines and manufacturing processes. I [...]

The Power of Amazon

I've been thinking about the power of Amazon since I facilitated an APICS tour of their San Bernardino 1.2 million square feet facility on Friday. It was quite impressive from several viewpoints: 1) warehouse automation. 2) simplicity 3) how they treat their people. 4) the power of continuous improvement. [...]

The Value of SIOP

I've been thinking about the value of SIOP (sales, inventory and operations planning). Not only can it be a great way to gain bottom line results (capacity to support business growth, improved margins, accelerated cash flow), but it also can help align the functions of an organization. I've facilitated [...]

Perseverance Counts

March 24, 2015 I've been thinking about perseverance. I can attribute the majority of my success throughout the years to perseverance. I guarantee I've passed by people who were smarter and more talented by not giving up. My parents have been instrumental in this process because they always made [...]

2020-10-02T22:55:16+00:00March 24, 2015|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , , |

Growth

I've been thinking about growth as I'm getting ready to celebrate my 10th anniversary of LMA Consulting Group, and as I've been partnering with several clients who are in high growth mode lately. If you aren't growing, you are declining. Unfortunately, staying the same doesn't work. You must choose [...]

2020-10-02T22:57:18+00:00March 15, 2015|Categories: I've Been Thinking|

The Power of Partnerships

I helped to kick off a SAP Bootcamp for my APICS (#1 trade association for supply chain management) chapter in combination with our partner, Cal State University, San Bernardino.  Cal State University San Bernardino is one of the only universities I am familiar with that teaches students about ERP [...]

The Value of CRM (Customer Relationship Management)

I'm in process of teaching my first APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) session, and earlier today I taught a section on CRM.  In addition, I've been helping clients select the "right" ERP system to best meet their business priorities, and CRM has emerged as a top priority.  The [...]

How Students Show Us the HIGH VALUE of Continuous Learning

On Friday and Saturday, my APICS Chapter hosted the APICS West Coast Student Case Competition. I happened to lead the Student Case Competition committee as well, and so I was immersed.  It was a popular event as we had close to 100 students from universities throughout Southern California, AZ, [...]

2020-10-05T15:11:07+00:00February 20, 2015|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , , , |

Why Ports Delays Could Cost Billions

I've been receiving an increased number of calls lately about impacts from the ports - some referred potential clients trying to figure out how to survive through the port slowdown to client concerns about components and equipment expected to come through the port to impacts on inventory costs and [...]

Why We Shouldn’t Shy Away from Risk

Published January 30, 2015 I always look for trends as I find that the 80/20 of success comes from watching and proactively addressing trends. This week, it has been obvious that if we are NOT willing to take prudent risk, things are likely to go awry. For example, if [...]

2020-10-05T15:15:22+00:00February 11, 2015|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , , , , |
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