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When Will the Supply Chain Disruptions End?

Supply chain disruptions will continue throughout 2022. In fact, we need to accept that supply chain challenges will be commonplace in the next normal. Each link in the supply chain will continue to blame the others while the end-to-end supply chain will only be as strong as its weakest link. Manufacturers will continue to experience shortages of materials and labor while prices escalate.

Why Value Added Service Matters & an Eco Tour of Catalina

The new driver went over and beyond to make our trip extra special since we had to wait a few hours. He took us to places he doesn't usually go, made sure that we got airport cookies (a "thing" in Catalina) even though the staff already clocked out to catch a ride down the hill (and so gave them to us for free), and generally made it an interesting trip. Value added service mattered!
2022-08-04T03:00:33+00:00February 2, 2022|Categories: Blog, Customer Experience, I've Been Thinking, Talent|Tags: , , , , , |

Is It Possible to Realign the Supply Chain?

Global supply-chain disruptions are rampant. Manufacturers and business owners now routinely deal with triple and quadruple lead times, widespread shortages, escalating prices, and transportation delays. Every link in the supply chain is out of alignment. Think of the imbalance as a sixth-grader on one end of a teeter-totter and a kindergartner on the other—only worse.

SAC: The Hybrid World Brings New Challenges for Leaders

"Our most successful clients realize that offering hybrid working environments attracts, and more importantly, retains their top talent,” points out Lisa Anderson, president of Claremont, CA-based LMA Consulting Group, Inc. and manufacturing expert known for creating supply chain resiliency. "Leaders will need to find ways to integrate remote employees daily and design workshops at key intervals to bring the full team together.

Container Ships, Ports, Trucks, Rail Oh My!

The global supply chain situation remains in a constant state of chaos. $1 billion of goods flows through the ports per day, and so there is a BIG ripple effect on the supply chain. Although there is a lot of talk and action by various groups to improve the [...]

Creating Predictable Revenue with Demand Planning Best Practices

Predicting the Unpredictable Every client believes their demand cannot be predicted. After all, customers don't know what is going on in their end-to-end supply chain with the global supply chain chaos. Sales teams are optimistic and either forecast too much, hoping Operations will produce and store "just in case" [...]

Prescient Strategy & Manufacturing Resilience Using SIOP (S&OP)

To thrive post COVID, manufacturing resilience will be cornerstone. Customers expect personalization, customization, and rapid deliveries without disruption, and they will change suppliers, substitute products and do whatever is required to satisfy their customers or get what's needed. For example, although the preference is for online purchasing, consumers will return to stores to ensure quick, reliable supply of critical items.

Shortages Impacting Revenue & Forecasts

2021 was plagued with shortages. As discussed in clients’ demand planning/ forecasting meetings, history is not representative of the future. In one example, the client experienced material shortages and couldn’t sell what customers requested, and so carrying that forecast into the New Year would deliberately carry that issue into 2022.

IMA San Gabriel Valley Chapter: Supply Chain 2022 & How to Succeed

Supply chain is dominating the news. Demand is soaring, ports are backed up, container prices are soaring, shipping costs are skyrocketing, warehouses are full, and manufacturers are experiencing extended lead times across the board. Listen as Lisa Anderson, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expert, MBA, CSCP, CLTD, president of LMA Consulting Group Inc. talks about the current stat of the supply chain and the impacts for 2022.

Commercial Baking: Sounding the Alarm on Supply Chain: Q4 Shipping Crisis’ Impact on Bakery

Even with the ports open, getting the materials off the containers is still a challenge, especially as the trucking industry remains a drivers’ market. “You have to send the trucks to the appropriate terminals,” comments Lisa Anderson, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expert, MBA, CSCP, CLTD, president of LMA Consulting Group Inc.
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