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Supply Chain Briefing

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 [...]

Which State Has the Most Manufacturing? The Answer Might Surprise You…

According to an Industry Week article on the US 500: Top Manufacturing States, which state is #1 in terms of having the most manufacturing headquarters? California! Certainly, CA is not a manufacturing-friendly state in most places (although there is an initiative to create an advanced manufacturing consortium of excellence in [...]

Do You Have a Resilient Supply Chain?

There is extreme volatility in today’s end-to-end supply chain.  Are you keeping up with all the changes?  For example, think about the following: Tariffs & trade impacts Data & security breaches The Amazon Effect New technologies such as 3D printing Natural disasters, port strikes and more The Resilient Supply [...]

Survey says Automation Beats IoT

August 7, 2019 The article discussed the fact that IoT has been quite successful at driving results but the larger companies are the ones pursuing it. Certainly, with our clients, the small and medium size clients have less resources and need to prioritize, and we are seeing the same [...]

Manufacturing is On the Move

July 25, 2019 Reshoring was at record levels in 2018! Manufacturers are starting to return as they see the total costs of offshoring combined with the rising costs in China and improved competitiveness of the U.S. According to an Industry Week article by Harry Moser, almost 1400 companies announced [...]

How any U.S. Company Can Survive a Trade War with China

July 8, 2019 With all that is going on with China in terms of trade wars, currencies, natural resources and more, it begs the question of what we should be thinking about doing business with China. Is it prudent? Thanks to APICS Inland Empire and international business attorney and expert, John [...]

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