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Current Events Impacting Your Supply Chain

June 8, 2020 E-Commerce & the Rise of Online According to the statistics as well as client commentary, e-Commerce sales and online everything is on fire: According to data from Adobe Analytics, the second half of March saw a 25% increase in e-commerce sales. Even more impressive, Adobe said [...]

US Manufacturing Recovered Slightly in January But Isn’t Out of the Woods

Published in Supply Chain Dive on Feb. 3, 2020 "As manufacturers realize what can be achieved with technology such as AI, IoT, robotics, and additive manufacturing, they are sourcing manufacturing closer to the customer to create a customer experience advantage (rapid customization and delivery) with a lower cost base" [...]

Keeping an Eye on Global Markets

If there ever was a strategic topic of critical importance no matter your position in the supply chain, it is keeping an eye on global markets.  We've worked with clients who ONLY source materials, components and products from U.S.-based suppliers yet even they must pay attention to global markets [...]

Manufacturing Expands at the Fastest Rate in 14 Years

March 5, 2018 According to ISM (Institute of Supply Management), manufacturing expanded more than it has in 14 years in February - it is on fire!  Improving global economies and firm business investment are fueling this expansion.  The factory index climbed to 60.8 from 59.1.  Export orders are also [...]

Do You Have an Eye to the Future?

Do you have an eye to the future?  Don't just answer yes and move on.  Take a few moments to consider this question.  In today's Amazon-impacted world, if you miss a few months buried in your isolated internal world no matter the reason, you might miss a noteworthy event, [...]

The Latest Trends

January 22, 2018 I spoke at APICS San Fernando Valley a few days ago on the latest trends and what's in store for 2018.  We had a great discussion on topics ranging from people (or lack thereof) to technology.  For manufacturers and distributors, a few of the highlights included:  [...]

ExpertClick: LMA Consulting Group’s Lisa Anderson Reaches Publishing Milestones

Originally published on ExpertClick on August 30, 2016 LMA Consulting Group's Lisa Anderson, a sought after manufacturing, distribution and supply chain consultant, speaker and writer who works with manufacturers and distributors in aerospace, building products and food to make and keep bold customer promises by empowering people with profit-driven [...]

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: , , , , , , |

The Value of Thinking about the Future instead of the Past

November 2, 2015 I was just talking with a manufacturing client on the topic of SIOP (sales, inventory and operations planning). In their case, they have an incredibly stable business - it is the most predictable business I've ever run across in terms of sales forecasts. Even though the [...]

2020-10-02T21:45:59+00:00November 2, 2015|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , , |

How to Spot Trends

Factors to consider when you are looking for trends. Since identifying trends is an important Eagle Eye skill which is instrumental in finding opportunities to elevate performance, I thought a few ideas on how to spot trends would be helpful: Start with metrics - It is near impossible to [...]

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