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COVID-19

Is It Possible to Realign the Supply Chain?

Global supply-chain disruptions are rampant. Manufacturers and business owners now routinely deal with triple and quadruple lead times, widespread shortages, escalating prices, and transportation delays. Every link in the supply chain is out of alignment. Think of the imbalance as a sixth-grader on one end of a teeter-totter and a kindergartner on the other—only worse.

The Need for Resilience is Driving a Local Surge of Manufacturing

In thinking about the surge to local for an interview for an SAP Insights article "For Resilient Supply Chains, Think Local", there is no doubt the pandemic has pushed manufacturers to re-think their extended supply chains. When they suddenly couldn't support key customer needs, manufacturers [...]
2022-09-10T05:45:21+00:00February 1, 2021|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain Briefing|Tags: , , , , |

Keeping Your Employees Motivated

As COVID-19 drags on, we are starting to see more Zoom fatigue and frustration show in employees. We are all tired of sitting at home with limited interaction and tensions can run high. It is certainly difficult to work remotely while filling in for your children's teachers, supporting more [...]

What Should We Be Thinking About Supply Chain?

If it isn't already, your end-to-end supply chain must be part of your strategy discussions. I was recently featured at SAP's SAPPHIRE NOW Coverge global conference on supply chain since it is such a timely topic.  Interest has been heightened as supply chain challenges intensify throughout the world.  Minimally, we should [...]

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 [...]

Reshoring: Is It All Hype or Action?

Published in Brushware Magazine, September 1, 2020 According to a Thomas survey about COVID-19’s impact on U.S. manufacturing and industrial production, 64% of manufacturers are likely to bring production back to North America. It has gone beyond talk to action. Clients and colleagues are seeing an increase in inquiries [...]

The Future of Technology

The Future of Technology Technology is a tricky topic. On one hand, almost everyone has put technology and ERP implementations on hold due to concerns about COVID impacts and to conserve cash. On the other hand, it is the best time to gain employees' attention and focus to upgrade [...]

Why SIOP is Critical to Thriving During & Post COVID

COVID has disrupted every business. Some are growing far faster than supply can keep up while others have dropped like a rocket. Still others have almost identical dollar volume yet double the number of orders at half the order size, creating significant disruption in warehousing, shipping and transportation. [...]

The Rise of E-commerce & WMS Systems During the Pandemic

July 24, 2020 According to Forbes, COVID-19 accelerated e-commerce growth by 4-6 years. Smart players are taking advantage of the opportunity. Only Amazon takes in more money than Shopify's websites, and analysts are predicting a 75% annual rise in the next five years. The ONLY item in common across [...]

My Favorite Pre-COVID Travel Destination & Keeping Up-to-Date

July 13, 2020 As my long-term newsletter subscribers know, I enjoy traveling. Of course, during lockdown, I haven't even gone to visit my Mom in Arizona since you never know what unintended germs you might bring along for the ride. Thus, I thought I'd go back to my favorite [...]

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