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Supply Chain Disruption Has Become an Excuse: Only the Proactive Will Thrive in 2024

Supply chain has become an excuse. Although there has certainly been a slew of supply chain challenges that carry on with baby formula shortages, rail backlogs, computer chip issues, hurricane induced delays, fertilizer scarcity, and China’s zero-COVID policy delays, supply chain should no longer be the excuse. Only the [...]

An update on supply chain challenges, opportunities

Snarled supply chains throughout 2021 had industry hoping 2022 would be smoother, yet analysts said it would last into 2023 or longer. Lisa Anderson offers her insights about how 2023 is looking.

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!   [...]

A Systems Checkup

Early in the year is an appropriate time to perform a systems audit.  Most clients could benefit from this at any time of the year as we often discover some significant gaps.  A subset of the questions we look into further include: Do you have clarity of your current [...]

Your Supply Chain Shortlist for 2018

As we head into a New Year, it makes sense to take stock and think about your supply chain shortlist.  To get you started, we've developed a list of questions to ponder: Do you consider your supply chain from the holistic point-of-view? From cradle to grave or product inception [...]

New Survey Says Manufacturing Key to American Prosperity

May 16, 2017 According to a survey by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, more than three quarters of Americans surveyed believe the U.S. should invest in the manufacturing industry.  Nice to see what I see on a daily basis come to life and gain momentum!  Specifically, more than 80% [...]

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 [...]

Job Gains & Market Surges

April 6, 2017 According to the Wall Street Journal, the US gained a better-than-expected 263,000 jobs in March.  Thus, the stock market surged and others gained as well including the Shanghai Composite Index, Nikkei Stock Average and Australia's S&P.  As the job market gets tighter, have you thought about how to [...]

Trump’s Major Increase in Defense Spending and Related Impacts

February 27, 2017 Trump has proposed a rather dramatic increase in defense spending.  His proposed $20 billion boost in military spending isn't pocket change and will have a dramatic ripple effect on manufacturers across-the-board. It doesn't matter what gets approved in the end - the direction is clear. How [...]

Mexican Gas Prices Soar

January 9, 2017 The Mexican government took away subsidies on gas, and so prices soared in the New Year.  A 20% hike in gas prices has spurred on protests, looting and chaos at border crossings. Although the objective was to let the cost of fuel adjust to the market, [...]

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