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Interview with Fender Guitar Executive

Can people and robots work side-by-side? It seems to be the hot topic lately.  Fender Guitar’s Senior VP of Operations, Ed Magee and I talked about talent, technology and transition after the Manufacturing Summit. At Fender, skilled craftsmen and craftswomen are critically important.  Yet, Fender also automates where it [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Disruption, Innovation, Global Trends & the APICS-IE Symposium

October 25, 2018 Lately, I've attended various conferences and participated in a few events/ panels on a diverse set of topics with different groups (ranging from transportation to public policy to manufacturing and supply chain to consulting to universities/ students to women leaders).  Aside from it being a whirlwind [...]

Considerations to Evaluate Your Business Model for 2018

Most of us are so busy on a daily basis we don't have time to think about our business models.  It is the rare client that questions their business model let alone continually modifies it for success.  Do you question your business model on a yearly basis?  There are [...]

Whole Foods CEO and Conscious Capitalism

John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, was a keynote speaker at APICS 2017.   Of course, we were all interested because of the recent acquisition by Amazon and what it means for the grocery business.  What is telling is that John Mackey still works at Whole Foods and thought [...]

Strategic Thinking & the Value of Changing Your Environment

July 16, 2017 Last week, I went to Rhode Island to meet with my global strategy group.  It is simply amazing how a change of scenery can achieve wonders when it comes to emptying the mind so that strategic thoughts can enter.  I haven't spent time in Providence and [...]

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