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Pricing & Profits: It’s Not All About Revenue

According to CFO Magazine, Amazon's profit doubled to a record $3.6 billion in the first quarter yet reported its lowest growth rate in quarterly revenue since 2015. In today’s Amazonian environment, subscription services such as Amazon cloud and Kindle services as well as disruptive forces such as the 3rd [...]

ERP Selection: Why It Has Become a Strategic Priority

In today’s Amazonian environment, customers expect rapid delivery, over and beyond from cradle to grave, collaborative service, 24/7 accessibility and last-minute changes. Executives are realizing they must upgrade their technology infrastructure to meet and exceed these customer expectations while driving bottom line improvement. Your ERP decision will be one [...]

What is at the Cross-Section of Success?

In thinking back to the tours and events we've participated in, spoke at or led in the last 30 days, it provides a great cross-section of manufacturing and logistics industries and company sizes: Professional Women in Healthcare - spoke on the Amazon Effect Aerospace & Defense Forum - spoke [...]

The Resilient Supply Chain: Cross-Organizational Collaboration

I've been coordinating a process involving several disparate players, ranging from multiple educational institutions who are not aligned with one another, government players (with many differing goals), and business partners (with a completely different set of needs).  Although there are others, these 3 core groups are more than enough!   [...]

What’s Ahead for Business?

Thinking about our clients, colleagues and trade association/ trusted partner contacts from across multiple industries and company sizes, four overarching themes emerge in response to the question, "What's ahead for business?".  The customer experience: It doesn't matter whether we are talking about manufacturing, logistics, healthcare or services, the customer [...]

The Resilient Supply Chain: Do You Have Vendors or Partners?

Since we did research on "The Squeeze" for a speech on the the squeeze in aerosapce (meaning, how does the supplier in the middle between the Tier 1 suppliers who supply final assembly parts for an airplane and the powerhouse mills survive, or preferably thrive), we have been thinking [...]

Supply Chain Resiliency: Video Interview on Global Competitiveness

To kick off our supply chain resiliency value series, we are excited to share an interview with Mirna Elnar, CEO Acura Spa Systems Inc. Thanks to Mirna for sharing her expertise on our APICS Inland Empire Executive Panel & Networking Symposium panel! Mirna is responding to a question related [...]

The Resilient Supply Chain: Global Trade Unrest

In today's Amazonian environment, the customer experience is of paramount importance.  Nothing else matters if the customer isn't happy.  Thus, all the conversations going on about trade really just comes back to the customer.  What is the best way to service your customers? In manufacturing circles, there are many [...]

Keeping an Eye on Global Markets

If there ever was a strategic topic of critical importance no matter your position in the supply chain, it is keeping an eye on global markets.  We've worked with clients who ONLY source materials, components and products from U.S.-based suppliers yet even they must pay attention to global markets [...]

Gaining New Ideas to Increase Business Value

Every executive we work with is interested in increasing the value of the business.  Whether a small closely-held business with an owner who might want to sell the business or exit with an ESOP or a private-equity backed company aiming to achieve the ideal exit strategy per the private [...]

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