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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 [...]

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!   [...]

Supply Chain Resiliency: Top Requests from Clients on Technology

Next in our supply chain resiliency value series, we are sharing a short video on the relevance of ERP and e-commerce systems from the Manufacturing Summit's panel "Amazon Effect: Pass or Play - the New Sales & Distribution Game and How it Affects Manufacturing".    I'm responding to a question [...]

What’s Ahead for Business?

Thinking about our clients, colleagues and trade association/ trusted partner contacts from across multiple industries and company sizes, four overarching themes emerge in response to the question, "What's ahead for business?".  The customer experience: It doesn't matter whether we are talking about manufacturing, logistics, healthcare or services, the customer [...]

The Resilient Supply Chain: Does Your Environment Support Fear?

In today's Amazonian environment, customers expect rapid delivery (same day/ next day is preferred regardless of industry), 24/7 accessibility, easy returns, innovative collaborations and much more.  Add disruptors popping up all over (such as Uber, Netflix and more), trade war impacts and technology disruptors to entire industries (such as [...]

Supply Chain Resiliency: Video Interview on Disruption in Logistics

Next in our supply chain resiliency value series, we are excited to share an interview with BJ Patterson, President of Pacific Mountain Logistics.  Thanks to B.J. for sharing his expertise on the Manufacturing Summit's panel "Amazon Effect: Pass or Play - the New Sales & Distribution Game and How [...]

The Resilient Supply Chain: Do You Have Resilient Employees?

Resiliency isn't easy or every organization would have perfected it.  Yet in today's volatile, Amazon impacted, disruption-heavy environment, you must build resilience.   Let's start by talking about our meaning of resilience:  we mean not only the ability to adjust and recover quickly to changing business conditions but also the [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:24+00:00October 11, 2018|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Talent|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Importance of Continual Learning

Recently, we updated our website, and that prompted a lot of thinking about many aspects of business.  One is the importance of continual learning.  As you'll see on our Continual Learning webpage, it is a priority.  With that said, I've noticed that the most successful people (clients, colleagues, fellow [...]

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 [...]

APICS-IE Symposium & Key Take-Aways on GROWTH

May 9, 2018 On my birthday, I thought it only appropriate to talk about two of my favorite topics - scalable, profitable growth (bold customer promises and profits) and the awesome people who make it happen both behind the scenes (like many colleagues) and customer-facing......... Our APICS Inland Empire [...]

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