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Global Supply Shortages & Why SIOP Matters

Demand is soaring but supply is scarce. There is no doubt that we have a serious issue of limited supply. The pandemic created volatility in both demand and supply, causing a significant overload of ships at the L.A. and Long Beach ports early this year as Chinese factories caught [...]

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 [...]

Is JIT Dead?

Several clients are wondering, “Is JIT Dead?”. Definitely not. But, if you are ordering just-in-time literally from China and expecting to not experience disruptions without strategic stockpiles, capacity or agility built into the picture is not smart. Listen to our video on JIT. [...]

Should We Be Reshoring?

Are you thinking about your product supply strategy? You certainly should be! I was asked to talk on Bloomberg’s “What’d You Miss?” about reshoring since it is a hot topic in the news. I was also on a webinar with other CEOs and thought leaders recently about the Future [...]

Demand & Supply Are Out of Whack!

April 24, 2020 Demand and supply are out of whack to say the least. Manufacturers that supply toilet paper, food, healthcare products and other essential goods are seeing a surge in demand whereas those that don't are seeing demand plummet. China was under lock down previously (causing a [...]

Are You Drinking From a Fire Hose in Managing Supply Chain Disruption?

April 10, 2020 Every client is experiencing unprecedented disruption! Unfortunately, one had to shutdown since their product is considered non-essential. Most others continue to operate to varying levels. Most manufacturers and distributors are considered critical because they supply defense, the construction/ building industry, the food and beverage industry or [...]

JIT Might Not Be What it is Cracked Up to Be?!

Just-in-time might not be what it is cracked up to be! Certainly, the coronavirus impacts should give us reason to question this rule at face value. Are you running so tight that you only have one bin, pallet or small supermarket to keep your facility running? If so, the [...]

Beware of New Data Law in China & Its Impacts

January 31, 2020 According to the Epoch Times and International Business Attorney, John Tulac, China's new cybersecurity law poses a big risk for anyone doing business in China. In essence, if you send data to or from China, your data can be audited at any time. It certainly [...]

Future-proofing Your Supply Chain

Disruptions abound in supply chain circles. Just consider any of the following recent events: the tariff war, global unrest, the Coronavirus, natural disasters such as the volcano in the Philippines, the Hong Kong protests and more. We have never had a client that could claim that 100% of the [...]

SIOP/ S&OP and Bottom Line Benefits

According to a Hackett group study, the benefits of SIOP (Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning) can be dramatic. First, let's back up to describe SIOP: It is an integrated business process that aligns demand with supply and through which the executive /leadership team continually achieves focus, alignment and synchronization [...]

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