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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 [...]

Biggest Shakeup in Decades Coming to the Shipping Industry with IMO Regulations

June 26, 2019 According to Reuters, the biggest shakeup in decades is coming to the shipping industry as the IMO regulations go into force in January. Shipping owners have to cut sulfur emissions from 3.5% to .5% which is a reduction of 85%! This means they'll have to use [...]

How Customer Service & Retention Directly Impact Profits & Performance

June 11, 2019 Since I've been speaking to CEOs about "Pricing & Profits", the true impact of customer service and retention is arising as a game changer. Can you create a situation where you make a "forever promise" to your customers? It certainly will directly impact your customers' perceptions [...]

Why Supplier Management is More Important Than You Think

May 22, 2019 Supplier management has been a theme this week. I taught a CSCP (certified supply chain professional) class session about supplier relationship management and SRM software last night. An attendee had a great example of the impact of poor quality because her company was sending an entire [...]

Amazon Adds In-Garage Delivery Option

April 24, 2019 According to Good Morning America, Amazon is adding in-garage delivery options to its already vast array of delivery options - in-home and in-car. I remember when I first started working after college what an ordeal receiving a package became! I was lucky if I could go [...]

Pepsi’s Innovations with Artificial Intelligence

April 9, 2019 Artificial intelligence appears to be taking over the world. I read a fascinating article in Forbes about Pepsi's innovations using artificial intelligence, and it is quite clear that those executives who are thinking about how to lead this effort will leave the rest in the dust.  For [...]

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