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What do UPS, Shamrock Foods, Amazon & a 3PL Have in Common?

In touring multiple facilities, ranging from package shipments to cold storage food service delivery to the e-commerce behemoth to 3PL organizations, it became clear that as many conversations that take place about labor costs and other daily concerns, the #1 concern across the board is transportation costs. The numbers [...]

How Resilient Are Your Business Partners?

As we kick off our new series “The Resilient Supply Chain”, we are thinking about resiliency from all angles that will impact success.  One of the first that pops to mind is the resilience of your business partners.  You and your company could be 100% proactive and resilient; however, [...]

The Resilient Supply Chain: Can You Get Trucks?

Are you able to find trucks?  It is quickly becoming the key question that needs to be answered.  Every driver has at least 12 options.  Why will he/she take your load?  Are you attractive to carriers?  That is the key question.  After all, you can carry inventory so you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Imports & Exports: Which Companies Dominate? Related Impacts?

May 25, 2018 According to the Journal of Commerce, the U.S. imported double the amount of its exports (measured in TEU). In 2017, imports increased 6% whereas exports increased 1% which is quite an accomplishment since China (the top market for U.S. exports) announced an importation ban last year [...]

Case Study in Spotting Hidden Opportunities

To take a profitable path forward engage a team to spot hidden opportunities and reward the whole team for its collaborative efforts. Situation:  Our client was performing on par with their industry; however, to remain viable over the long-term, they had to kick it up a notch to grow [...]

2020-09-25T23:08:09+00:00February 8, 2017|Categories: Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Favorite Charities

October 23, 2016 When I led my ProVisors ONT meeting last week, we talked about our favorite charities. We are a group of trusted advisors for businesses (commercial bankers, commercial insurance, consultants, attorneys, etc.) yet discussing charities was a great exercise to get to know each other better which also [...]

Leaders and “They”

Weak leadership is prevalent but surmountable by starting with an attitude adjustment. Instead of thinking of other leaders as “they”, remember that it’s a team effort and collaborate as “we”.80% of leaders are not living up to the task! We come across hundreds of leaders every year – at [...]

2020-09-25T23:16:55+00:00August 26, 2016|Categories: Talent|Tags: , , , , , , |

Collaborate to Thrive

Collaboration is a common practice that runs through successful companies who encourage teamwork, building connections and mutual problem-solving. It was not only a week of summits and symposiums but it was also a week for awards and recognition.  In watching closely who won the top awards across the board, [...]

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