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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 [...]

Should We Be Reshoring?

Are you thinking about your product supply strategy? You certainly should be! I was asked to talk on Bloomberg’s “What’d You Miss?” about reshoring since it is a hot topic in the news. I was also on a webinar with other CEOs and thought leaders recently about the Future [...]

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. [...]

What’s Going On with Asia Supply Chains

June 22, 2020 Supply chains are quite tenuous, and China drives the most volume: Coronavirus: Beijing is under a soft lockdown with a surge of virus cases. Although Beijing doesn't impact trade, it is another sign that China vastly under reported previously and it is likely to have a [...]

Are You Drinking From a Fire Hose in Managing Supply Chain Disruption?

April 10, 2020 Every client is experiencing unprecedented disruption! Unfortunately, one had to shutdown since their product is considered non-essential. Most others continue to operate to varying levels. Most manufacturers and distributors are considered critical because they supply defense, the construction/ building industry, the food and beverage industry or [...]

Amazon Kicks off the New Year by Creating Disruption

January 2, 2020 According to a Bloomberg article, Amazon kicked off the New Year by creating disruption. They have abruptly stopped buying products from some of their wholesalers, looking for ways to bypass wholesalers or push the cost to down the chain and increase profit. If your business depends [...]

What is at the Cross-Section of Success?

In thinking back to the tours and events we've participated in, spoke at or led in the last 30 days, it provides a great cross-section of manufacturing and logistics industries and company sizes: Professional Women in Healthcare - spoke on the Amazon Effect Aerospace & Defense Forum - spoke [...]

Holiday Sales are Expected to be UP by Double Digits in E-Commerce

November 23, 2018 Is your business seasonal?  What are you expecting?  Is anyone in your supply chain focused on seasonal business?  Perhaps you should find out! What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise? Have you prepared for the holiday season?  I find this is somehow a common [...]

Amazon, Uber, Netflix and More…..Disruption is Here to Stay!

October 11, 2018 Although not an official theme, it was quite clear that disruption was the common theme at the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM/ APICS) Annual Conference.  From the keynote speaker, Marc Randolph, one of the founders of Netflix, to almost every executive and thought leader, disruption [...]

Amazon Fears Driving Supplier Price Concessions at Costco

March 15, 2018 Amazon continues to wreak havoc on supply chains worldwide.  A client that does not compete directly with Amazon forwarded an article on Costco's new price pressures on suppliers in response to Amazon concerns.  She said that these types of industry moves were creating disruption and price [...]

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