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Automation or Autonomous?

While leading a panel "Building Resiliency in the Supply Chain" with gurus from Georgia Tech, the leading experts in global logistics and associated research, several intriguing concepts arose. Additionally, my Association for Supply Chain Management group led a series of webinars on "Navigating through Volatility" including discussions with several [...]

Supply Chain Made in Vietnam?

Vietnam has been the hot topic lately. After a visit recently, I saw first hand the potential along with the challenges. Clients are definitely evaluating changing the source of supply to Vietnam. And the question is should they? Or, alternatively, the question is whether they are moving fast enough? [...]

Have You Thought About Whether You are Maximizing the Use of Your ERP System?

Client Question Before jumping to conclusions and pursuing a system upgrade, should we explore whether we are maximizing the use of our current system? Or is it just not modern enough to support our growth in a scalable, profitable way? This is often the subject of a client call. [...]

How to Keep Your Team Engaged

Every client is concerned about how to engage the team. Some executives are thinking about how to ‘keep good people’, others are thinking about how to enable ‘smart people to share what they know’, and still others know they need engagement to ensure customers are happy and bottom line [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:21+00:00August 31, 2019|Categories: Inner Circle, Leadership, Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: , , , , , |

Is Demand Planning/ Sales Forecasting Hype or Valuable?

According to Gartner statistics, significant bottom line results can occur with just a 1% improvement in forecast accuracy. In fact, there are staggering improvements in lead time, inventory reduction and margins, so why not at least explore the idea? Yet, there are lots of worries expressed by clients and [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:22+00:00August 7, 2019|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: , , , , , , |

Amazon’s Deal with Party City & More Competitors

August 10, 2018 As I presented on the Amazon Effect to a specialty group of ProVisors (trusted advisors) members focused on manufacturing and distribution, Amazon was firming up a deal with Party City to offer an assortment of items. This is just the latest in a stream of [...]

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