Supply Chain Trends: Our 2021 Recap and 2022 Predictions

What we hoped would be a short-term disruption in 2020 has become the new long-term reality. The world we live in is far less predictable. Supply chains are under pressure. As we have seen, disruptions can happen anywhere in our supply chains due to port congestion, warehouse staff shortages, weather-related shutdowns, or raw material uncertainty. No matter the underlying cause – be it covid, climate, or ordinary chaos – the effect on our lives can be profound.

As we adapt and re-adapt to so many uncertainties in the world, we rely on our teams, our previous successes, and emerging tools and technologies to help us in this new “new.” While change abounds in both our personal lives and business situations, the approach our experienced team at Profit Point has been taking for the past 26 years continues to stand the test of time as we help our partners in business observe, evaluate, respond, and thrive.

Profit Point’s three main areas of expertise are well suited to help you navigate a potentially turbulent, and unpredictable 2022:


Supply Chain Network Design

Evaluating and re-evaluating your supply chain infrastructure is critical as both customer demands and supplier capabilities continue to lurch in unpredictable directions. Our approach of pairing simple, easy to use tools with the deep experience and expertise of our staff has been hugely successful in 2021 at many of the industry leading companies we love working with. For example, you can read about how we might approach this with a coffee roaster to improve their supply chain network design.

Case Study: Impact of Competitive Analysis on Network Design

In 2022 we will be launching Profit Network 5, our cloud-based technology for network design. Our extremely simple and flexible approach to integrating your specific business objectives and rules into effective network design will delight you.


Supply Chain Tech Integration

For 26 years we have been working with most of the leading supply chain software vendors to deliver solutions in production scheduling, production planning, demand planning, supply planning, distribution planning, and transportation optimization. Our partnerships with these leading vendors are stronger than ever, and we look forward to assisting you. Whether you are embarking on a new transformation or are maintaining and enhancing a decades-long success, we have the team members with the experience, expertise, and organizational skills to guide you to success. To learn more about our approach, check out this article from our supply chain planning and scheduling systems expert, Bruce Shabosky.


Supply Chain Optimization

The most exciting and dynamic of our ‘three pillars’ of success is our supply chain optimization practice. We have provided solutions that address some of the most compelling and profitable opportunities in the supply chain space by applying leading optimization technologies and techniques to address a wide range of supply chain and business opportunities. Want to be the next Amazon? Read this article by our supply chain optimization lead, Kim Piotrowski, to get her 5 tips for success.

The wisdom we have cultivated over the years can help you find the right balance of simple solutions without being too simplistic; optimizing the right aspects of your business without getting lost in endless detail. Our recent advances in vehicle routing optimization have been especially gratifying for both us and our customers and we look forward to partnering with you to unlock the competitive advantage behind your creative vision of what your business and supply chain can be.

All of this is possible because of our fun-loving, hard-working, and exceptionally wise and talented staff.  We have seen significant growth in our team the past two years as more and more businesses align with our approach to supply chain improvement. We are deeply grateful to our team and hope you will have the opportunity to learn why it is so much fun and so rewarding to work with them.

Our most recent company meeting, via Zoom again

Wishing you the best in the year to come.

About Alan Kosansky

Alan Kosansky has pioneered the application of advanced analytic techniques to transportation procurement, dynamic scheduling, supply chain management and financial optimization.

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