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U.S., China Sign Historic Phase One Trade Deal

January 17, 2020 According to the National Association of Manufacturers press release, the U.S and China trade deal is an unprecedented phase one win for manufacturers.  Previously the NAM CEO lamented that "China has proven one of the most troubling markets in the world for manufacturers, due to its [...]

Amazon Kicks off the New Year by Creating Disruption

January 2, 2020 According to a Bloomberg article, Amazon kicked off the New Year by creating disruption. They have abruptly stopped buying products from some of their wholesalers, looking for ways to bypass wholesalers or push the cost to down the chain and increase profit. If your business depends [...]

Will Amazon Pass UPS and FedEx?

According to a CNBC article, Amazon is already delivering half of its packages. It appears that Amazon is on target to pass by FedEx and UPS. They have had distinctly different strategies. FedEx curtailed its contract with Amazon earlier this year, and Amazon just retaliated by not allowing 3rd [...]

Will Technology Gain Critical Mass in 2020?

December 6, 2019 According to an Industry Week article, recent predictions say we are headed into the year where technology gains critical mass!  That is truly exciting for manufacturers as people and robots work in collaboration to achieve profitable growth and success. Of course it isn't all about [...]

Is Vietnam the New China?

November 15, 2019 Possibly, and "it depends"! China has been moving factories to Vietnam since the early 2000's, and so it is certainly a place to consider. With the tariffs, global uncertainty, rising wages in China and social / political implications, Vietnam can provide a viable alternative especially [...]

Drones are More Than a Pipe Dream

November 1, 2019 In reading an Cnet article on drones, it is clear drones are more than an Amazon pipe dream. In fact, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that he expects at least one U.S. city to have have the ability to control hundreds of unmanned aerial systems by 2028. [...]

Food & Beverage and Future Proofing Your Business

October 18, 2019 As I have been thinking about the food and beverage industry (and process manufacturing) and future proofing your business, I see several examples of proactive clients and colleagues future proofing their business. As this is my latest, hot-off-the-press LMA-i, LMA Intelligence topic, I thought we'd explore a [...]

Celebrating Manufacturing Day and Its Impact

October 3, 2019 In our Manufacturing month Profit through People newsletter, we discussed the relevance of manufacturing on the economy, jobs and quality of life. For example, for every $1 spent in manufacturing, $1.82 is added to the economy which is the HIGHEST multiplier effect of any economic sector. [...]

The Value of Export

September 19, 2019 My colleague, Kusum Kavia recommended me for CIEDEC which is the Califorina Inland Empire District Export Council, and so I attended a meeting as a guest. Export is a vast opportunity. Just consider a few facts:  95% of potential customers are outside of the U.S. 97% [...]

Hurricane Dorian & Your Supply Chain

September 5, 2019 Hurricane Dorian is certainly taking over the news as it threatens devastation. I've included YouTube from USA Today of the storm. People are evacuating up and down the east coast. Although the impact on people's lives is certainly more important, there is also a dramatic impact [...]

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