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Strategy

Keep a Strategic Eye

Certainly, after spending a week in Fiji thinking about strategy, I am focused on the power of keeping a strategic eye at all times; however, it is undoubtedly what our most successful clients do. We have learned to keep an eye on what "works" across organization sizes, industry types, [...]

2020-09-10T11:55:10+00:00December 6, 2017|Categories: Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Is Your Business Model Old?

Amazon and Whole Foods It seems like Amazon is in the news on a daily basis lately.  Their purchase of Whole Foods is shaking the entire grocery industry.  How can an already slim-margin industry respond FASTER and less expensively to customer needs and preferences (think organic) whenever and wherever [...]

The Value of Your Cross-Functional Network

One of the keys emerging from APICS 2017 wasn't from a session; instead, it was seeing the value of your cross-functional network.  Since I've been a member of APICS for over 25 years and actively involved for over 10, of course I see a wide variety of colleagues while [...]

Which Business Best Practices Do Top Notch Trusted Advisors See?

Best business practices, this way....In my ProVisors ODAM (Ontario-hosted Distributors and Manufacturers group – don’t you love the play on words?) meeting this month, we discussed business best practices we’ve seen with our manufacturing and distribution clients. It was a fascinating discussion as our group is diverse and consists [...]

Which Best Practices Do Top Notch Trusted Advisors See?

In my ProVisors ODAM (Ontario-hosted Distributors and Manufacturers group - don't you love the play on words?) meeting this month, we discussed best practices we've seen with our manufacturing and distribution clients.  It was a fascinating discussion as our group was diverse and consisted of the most respected attorneys, [...]

2020-09-14T17:37:59+00:00October 5, 2017|Categories: Strategy|

Why Executives Should Care About ERP Strategy

Incorporate ERP strategy discussions into executive meetings. It matters.Lately, we've been called into several clients with ERP challenges that directly impact business growth and success.  Do you desire profitable growth?  If so, add ERP into your strategic discussions. Would you delegate a decision that could literally "make or break" [...]

The Impact of Supply Chain Strategy

Day-to-day business issues keep managers from thinking about supply chain strategy. But pausing to strategize will give you time to focus on the right priorities. Can supply chain strategy have a profound impact on your bottom line?  Without a doubt! Recently, we worked with a client that wanted to [...]

The Impact of Supply Chain Strategy

Stay on top of your supply chain strategy.Can supply chain strategy have a profound impact on your bottom line? Without a doubt! Recently, we worked with a client that wanted to review their operations strategy and look for ways to optimize and improve. To begin, we evaluated many business [...]

How Far Should You Look into the Future?

Setting strategy or designing a sales, inventory and operations planning (SIOP) process requires forecasting. How far into the future do you look and why? Whether setting strategy or designing a SIOP (sales, inventory and operations planning) process, one of the most important questions to consider is how far into [...]

VMI – What are the Benefits?

Vendor Managed Inventory is gaining in popularity as people realize the many benefits of supply chain collaboration. Vendor managed inventory can have many benefits - both from a strategic perspective and a tactical one. We are seeing that it is gaining in popularity as manufacturers and distributors and retail [...]

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