Global Health as a Supply Chain Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the frailties in our supply chains. If we would like to keep our supply chains from being paralyzed by a global health crisis in the future, perhaps we can learn something from our colleagues in Environmental Health & Safety. Because the EH&S departments of manufacturing companies perform assessments periodically to …
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Customized Scheduling Report Journey

It is great to see progress in a relatively short amount of time.  When I joined Profit Point in 2014, one of our key customers was scheduling their plants with AspenTech SCM, which is one of the most customizable scheduling tools, As we typically do, we complemented that flexibility with some of our own expertise; …
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When This Is Over, Will There Be a New Normal?

What is the best inventory strategy to manage the risk of a supply interruption?  Will the COVID-19 pandemic change our minds about the wisdom of continually driving down inventory targets to reduce working capital costs, especially during the last quarter of the fiscal year?     During the hurricane season of 2005 that included Katrina, chemical …
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If We Stop, The World Stops…

The trucking industry
Unsung, everyday heroes In late March, the Governor of the State of Michigan issued execute order 2020-21 a stay at home directive intended to ensure social distancing, slow the advancing spread of the Corona virus and promote public health and safety.  Prior to the order, restaurants and bars were limited to carry-out only,  schools and …
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Outsourcing for Supply Chain Expertise

Trends that persist
I have worked in the manufacturing supply chain information technology (IT) field for more years than I care to admit. A sleepy-eyed dinosaur stares back at me from the bathroom mirror each morning. Over the course of my career, more than a few trends have emerged. Many of them, perhaps most of them, have turned …
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Apple and the Achilles Heel of the Global Supply Chain

In just a short time, the year 2020 has introduced the average person to phrases unheard only three months ago – social distancing, N95 masks, PPE, and Global Supply Chain. As the COVID-19 virus spread around the world, countries went under lockdown as they tried to “bend the curve” on the spread of the virus. …
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The Supply Chain Revolution

Supply Chain
I’m a supply chain lifer.  I started in manufacturing, but early in my career made the transition to supply chain and never looked back.  It was never easy to explain to others what I did though.  I would say, “all the stuff between manufacturing and sales.” Still, I don’t think they really understood the complexity …
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