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Strategy

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 [...]

Should I Move?

Our clients call frequently with questions such as: Should we renew our lease? Should we move to a lower cost area? Should we move to a lower cost state? What considerations should we think about when evaluating our manufacturing and logistics network? Should we outsource? Thus, we thought it [...]

Collaboration in the Supply Chain

To succeed in today's Amazonian environment, we must keep strange bedfellows.  We just love the Amazon example of innovation, partnering with the U.S. Postal service, known as one of the least-innovative organizations out there.  But it works!  Who ever thought you'd see a U.S. postal service mail truck delivering [...]

The Economy and the Inland Empire are on Fire!

Since we attended not one but two economic forecast events last week (one hosted by Claremont McKenna and one hosted by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership), we thought it made sense to share the take-aways: The economy has never looked better especially in the Inland Empire - All the signs [...]

Have You Thought About Crossing Borders Lately?

There was an export panel at the manufacturing summit, and it brings to light the vast opportunity of export.  Additionally, I had a lunch with a top international attorney and an international research expert recently, and it opened my eyes further on the topic of export.  Why do we [...]

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