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Inaugural LMA Futurist Award 2020: Corona Clipper

September 29, 2020 Since our 10 year anniversary in 2015, we have been recognizing people who have contributed to our success with our LMA Advocate award. In the last few years, we have been thinking about starting a corporate award of excellence.  We wanted to make sure it was special [...]

Digitization of the Supply Chain is Accelerating

August 17, 2020 With COVID, the rise of e-commerce, and the pressures of profitability, Industry 4.0 and the digitization of the supply chain is accelerating. What was on track for 2030 prior to COVID should be expedited to 2021 or 2022 to keep pace with needs. For example, according [...]

The Power of WHY And Your Business

I was always the inquisitive, and sometimes annoying, child in elementary school asking the teacher WHY as it pertained to certain math problems as I wanted to understand how and WHY that answer was correct or WHY my answer wasn’t. In most cases it was easy to understand [...]

Have you Thought about Increasing Demand?

If you are reading our newsletter, I have no doubt you are interested in increasing demand. Whether an owner, executive or key player, increasing demand for your products and services has to be top of mind. Let's put it this way. No matter the position of my client (typically [...]

How Resilient Are Your People?

We would be remiss if we went too far down-the-path with supply chain resiliency without pointing out that the ONLY way you’ll have a resilient supply chain is if you have resilient people.  Similar to building a house, without a solid foundation, the best accessories will fail to “hold [...]

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!   [...]

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 [...]

Manufacturing Expands at the Fastest Rate in 14 Years

March 5, 2018 According to ISM (Institute of Supply Management), manufacturing expanded more than it has in 14 years in February - it is on fire!  Improving global economies and firm business investment are fueling this expansion.  The factory index climbed to 60.8 from 59.1.  Export orders are also [...]

Competition – Or Are They?

October 6, 2017 Last week, Kash Gokli, Professor of Manufacturing Practice and Director of the Engineering Clinic at Harvey Mudd, and I led our most recent Harvey Mudd executive roundtable on this topic.  We created these roundtables to bring Southern California executives together to network and discuss timely topics [...]

Is Digitization Hype?

March 7, 2017 Well, let's start with a definition of digitization.  According to CIO.com, McKinsey defines it as technologies that virtualize and automate products, services and supply chains. We certainly hear about digitization in the news frequently; however, according to McKinsey, even though CIOs embrace it, digitization is a [...]

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