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Supply Chain Briefing

Why the Supply Chain is Strategic & an Operations Warp Speed Example

If you aren't seeing the end-to-end supply chain as strategic, you will miss your opportunity to get ahead of the competition and grow as rapidly as you otherwise could! How quickly can you scale with increasing sales volume? [...]

Special Report: 21 Insights for 2021

Since 2020 was certainly a year of exceptions, when I started thinking about publishing a predictions report for 2021, I thought it was better to evolve it to what would be most meaningful to clients and colleagues for the year ahead. Thus, we repositioned to focus on key lessons [...]

Collaborative Partnerships & Creating Resiliency

As we see which companies emerge stronger from COVID, it is becoming apparent that those with a resilient supply chain and strong supply chain partnerships thrive while the rest are coming out in a weakened state. Of course, the situation has not stayed the same - those constantly changing [...]

The Need for Resilience is Driving a Local Surge

In thinking about the surge to local for an interview for an SAP Insights article "For Resilient Supply Chains, Think Local", there is no doubt the pandemic has pushed manufacturers to re-think their extended supply chains. When they suddenly couldn't support key customer needs, manufacturers [...]

Digital is Key to Manufacturing in 2021

As I wrote in this month's Brushware magazine (page 20), manufacturing is trending to digital. We were already on this path the last few years, and it accelerated 5 fold during COVID. According to the Hackett Group, 77% of companies have strengthened their commitments to digital transformation [...]

Pivotal Year for Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Although I meant this phrase in reference to 2020, there is no doubt 2021 will also be a pivotal year for manufacturing and supply chain. The pandemic created significant disruption yet it also created VAST opportunities for those already prepared and/or resilient and innovative. Customers [...]

Leveraging Technology to Maintain a Competitive Edge in 2021

I was recently quoted throughout an article in SelectHub "Manufacturing Trends: Leveraging Software and Tech to Maintain a Competitive Edge for 2021", and so it has been top of mind. Software and technology will be cornerstone to success as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. For example, according to [...]

Global Supply Chain Experts on Reshoring

I participate with a group of the top 1% of consultants worldwide (the Society for the Advancement of Consulting), and we hosted two panel discussions on Reshoring in a Post COVID World. I moderated the first session with consultants from North America and the Pacific Rim, and there was another [...]

WMS Efficiency, Resiliency & Metrics

As manufacturers and distributors emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, they are focused on how to grow revenue and become more efficient and profitable to offset the typically negative impacts of COVID. In the situations where business has grown exponentially in consumer industries such as B2C, home improvement and certain [...]

E-Commerce, PPE & Peak Season: Transportation Bottlenecks Abound

With the rise in e-commerce, PPE imports, the typical holiday peak season and preparation for coronavirus and Chinese New Year impacts, transportation bottlenecks abound. A few of the headlines/ statistics include (with a special thanks to B.J. Patterson of Pacific Mountain Logistics for passing on several of these statistics): [...]

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