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Are Americans Willing to Pay More for Products Made in the U.S.A.?

According to a survey by FTI Consulting, 78% of survey respondents said they'd be willing to pay more for the products if the company that made them moved production out of China. Certainly, it depends on how much more, but we've seen a transition in the commentary of the value of reshoring. [...]

SIOP: The Key to Scaling Successfully

According to an informal survey of manufacturers, distributors and healthcare executives, the #1 issue that is top of mind is how to scale successfully. Our clients are growing. For example, those in the building and construction products industry are experiencing significant growth fueled by the pandemic; those in e-commerce [...]

Why the Supply Chain is Strategic & an Operations Warp Speed Example

If you aren't seeing the end-to-end supply chain as strategic, you will miss your opportunity to get ahead of the competition and grow as rapidly as you otherwise could! How quickly can you scale with increasing sales volume? [...]

Special Report: 21 Insights for 2021

Since 2020 was certainly a year of exceptions, when I started thinking about publishing a predictions report for 2021, I thought it was better to evolve it to what would be most meaningful to clients and colleagues for the year ahead. Thus, we repositioned to focus on key lessons [...]

The Massive Congestion at the SoCal Ports & Implications

There is massive congestion at the L.A. and Long Beach ports. The latest figures from the Journal of Commerce shows 63 container ships in the harbor (34 awaiting berths and 29 at the berths). Terminals are full and dwell times have doubled. The situation isn't good, and manufacturers, distributors [...]

The Need for Resilience is Driving a Local Surge

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 [...]

Learning About Supply Chain & Upcoming Virtual Classes from APICS Inland Empire

Changes in supply chain are happening faster than imaginable! Are you keeping up with these changes? In addition to keeping up with what's noteworthy in supply chain, the most successful executives are taking a step back to make sure their employees have a solid foundation in supply chain [...]

Made In China or Made in the U.S.A.?

Made in China or made in the U.S.A.? There is a lot of talk about this critical, hot topic. Said another way, will reshoring increase? According to executive surveys, according to clients, according to top supply chain consultants, the answer is undoubtedly trending to MADE IN THE U.S.A. A [...]

Vaccine Manufacturing & Logistics

What could be more top of mind than the vaccine distribution to combat COVID? This was the topic of a recent Interlinks podcast on Supply Chain Innovations with a group of global supply chain experts. The panel of experts discussed vaccine distribution around the world and associated implications. Listen [...]

Digital is Key to Manufacturing in 2021

As I wrote in this month's Brushware magazine (page 20), manufacturing is trending to digital. We were already on this path the last few years, and it accelerated 5 fold during COVID. According to the Hackett Group, 77% of companies have strengthened their commitments to digital transformation [...]
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