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Supply Chain Made in Vietnam?

Vietnam has been the hot topic lately. After a visit recently, I saw first hand the potential along with the challenges. Clients are definitely evaluating changing the source of supply to Vietnam. And the question is should they? Or, alternatively, the question is whether they are moving fast enough? [...]

Top Trending Client Request: Reduce Inventory

There is no doubt. More than 50% of client requests in the last several months have related to inventory. In fact, it seems to be a trending hot topic! In today's era of the Amazon Effect where customers expect more and have ZERO patience to wait yet we are [...]

Why Inventory Will Matter Again

I was on a bit of a trip down memory lane over the holidays as I reconnected with former colleagues from when I was VP of Operations and Supply Chain at PaperPak, an absorbent products manufacturer for healthcare and food products.  I recently talked about healthcare manufacturing with a [...]

Supply Chain Management Is Evolving: How Will It Affect Your Enterprise?

Operational efficiencies, productivity improvements, and cost savings are the top-three strategic advantages of cloud-based supply chain management, according to an IDG survey of senior managers and directors around the world. To gain these advantages, enterprises need to have infrastructure that helps them cost-effectively harness their large data workloads and move to [...]

Manufacturing Expands at Fastest Rate Since 2010

February 14, 2017 According to the Institute for Supply Management's Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, manufacturing is on an upswing.  The composite index rose in January, making it the fifth straight monthly expansion.  New orders and production grew strongly!  And the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank reported that manufacturing activity expanded [...]

Staples & the Power of Customer Service

August 11, 2016 When I've needed customer service the most, Staples has been there!  A while back, my house burned down.  When that happened, the manager of the local Staples went WAY out of her way to help dig up old invoices to assist with the arduous accounting process. [...]

2020-10-02T20:55:08+00:00August 11, 2016|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Observation

Make a conscious effort everyday to stop what you’re doing and look around your workplace and beyond. By becoming observant you’ll soon spot people and areas that need your attention.It is worth it to take a step back on a daily basis, if not more frequently, to observe. There [...]

2020-09-25T23:24:42+00:00February 4, 2016|Categories: Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , |

What are the Benefits of SIOP?

Companies that conduct effective Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (SIOP) are able to balance supply with demand and exceed customer expectations.Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (SIOP) is a process that manufacturers and distributors utilize to align supply with demand. What are the key benefits? Happy customers: Lately, I've seen [...]

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