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Ideas to Fill Peak Capacity Periods

As we toured several e-commerce facilities such as UPS and Amazon, it became obvious that the sheer volume during peak season presents a huge dilemma. For example, UPS goes from 250-300 containers per night to 450 during peak season. Now that is quite a surge! Amazon has similar surges [...]

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 [...]

PR Newswire: LMA Consulting Group Conducts Research on Outsourcing Trends in Manufacturing.

Manufacturing Connector Lisa Anderson initiates research study to better understand the outsourcing, nearsourcing and insourcing trends and how these practices impact manufacturers’ and distributors’ strategies. Originally published on PR Newswire on October 19, 2016 CLAREMONT, Calif., Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group, [...]

70% of Manufacturing Executives State Near-Sourcing Will Increase According to LMA Consulting Group Research

70% of manufacturing executives state near-sourcing will increase according to LMA Consulting Group Research. Originally published on PR Newswire on January 24, 2017 Lisa Anderson MBA, CSCP, president of LMA Consulting Group, conducted a proprietary research study to better understand outsourcing, near-sourcing and insourcing trends for U. S. – [...]

Knee Deep in Options

Published in Manufacturing Today on July 21, 2017 Seventy percent of manufacturing and distribution executives think near-sourcing strategies will increase in the next five years, according to LMA Consulting Group’s proprietary research study on outsourcing, insourcing and near-sourcing.  This is a reversal of prior trends towards outsourcing.  In our [...]

Collaborating on Economic Forecasts

April 17, 2017 I met with the Claremont McKenna team that puts together the Inland Empire economic forecast last week. They are well-known in the Inland Empire for being on the forefront of the economics forecast and finding ways to bring unique insights into the process.  Therefore, they were [...]

Trump and Trade

January 30, 2017 Well, you'd have to be living under a rock to have not heard all the controversy about Trump and trade.  Tariffs, restrictions and general chaos.... Currently, the U.S. trades significant volumes with China, Mexico and a whole host of other countries as we live in a [...]

Technologies Transforming Supply Chains

One of the ways to become cost competitive with lower labor cost countries is to automate. Look for all the new uses for technology in supply chains. Modern marvels and new information technologies are transforming supply chains. Automation, robots, AI (artificial intelligence), 3D Printing, Bitcoin technology and the IoT [...]

Crowdsourcing is “In”

Crowdsourcing is an engaging, collaborative practice that is catching on to stimulate innovation and new ideas in R&D and software design. In asking questions about outsourcing, insourcing and near-sourcing of the executive panel at APICS Inland Empire's symposium, we heard several great stories. One of them was compelling about [...]

Outsourcing, Insourcing or Near-Sourcing?

Whether outsourcing, insourcing or near-sourcing or a combination of all three, manufacturers need to reassess their strategies to measure risk and ROI. We are managing in an Amazon-impacted world. Customers expect rapid deliveries, 24/7 accessibility and products and services tailored to their needs. Customers are not willing to wait. [...]

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