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Practical Insights (Blog)

The Biggest Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities for CPG Companies in 2019

Joe Esteves, VP CPG and Bill Forster, EVP CPG discuss how, with the right strategy, and by asking the right questions, CPG executives can transform their biggest supply chain challenges into opportunities.


Topics: global supply chain supply chain transformation Total Value Optimization CPG/F&B food and beverge

How The Construction Industry Will Overcome Its Biggest Challenges in 2019

Grant Cunningham, Maine Pointe’s Vice President, Industrial Manufacturing and Services, shares his thoughts on the biggest challenges the construction industry will face in 2019 and offers practical advice on how to overcome them.

Topics: global supply chain supply chain transformation construction industry Total Value Optimization

Five Trends That Could Transform Your Global Supply Chain in 2019

2018 was a turbulent year, with tariffs, geopolitical uncertainties and new technologies adding further complications to already complex supply chains. As we look forward to the new year, Maine Pointe’s Chief Marketing Officer, Simon Knowles shares his thoughts on some key trends that will impact global supply chains in 2019 and considers how proactively preparing for the year ahead will give businesses a competitive edge. 

Topics: global supply chain supply chain transformation cost, cash, growth

Where Have All The Freighters Gone?

 Michael Notarangeli, EVP Logistics and Chris Brumitt, VP Aerospace & Defense, discuss ways in which air cargo providers are adapting to meet the demands of  rapidly changing supply chains and operations.

Consumers of supply chain and logistics services have become more demanding about how and when they receive deliveries. The explosion of omni-channel has created maximum choice for consumers and serious disruption for service providers. 

Topics: aerospace and defense Logistics

UK Manufacturing: Opportunities and Challenges in the Era of Tariffs, Protectionism and Brexit

The current unpredictable geopolitical environment makes corporate planning more challenging than ever before. Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer at Maine Pointe, argues that, along with the problems uncertainty creates, there is a significant opportunity for executives to improve productivity and increase competitiveness.

 

Topics: global supply chain cost, cash, growth UK manufacturing Total Value Optimization

Tariffs: How Resilient Is Your Supply Chain?

With a fresh batch of US/Chinese tariffs now on line and set to ramp up in January, Maine Pointe’s Chief Marketing Officer, Simon Knowles and EVP Strategic Procurement, Rex Clothier, discuss why now is the time to stress test your supply chain

On 24 September, the latest batch of US tariffs, starting at 10% and increasing to 25% at the end of the year, was imposed on $200Bn worth of Chinese goods. These latest tariffs are in addition to penalties implemented earlier this year on $50Bn worth of Chinese goods. Taken together, it means roughly half of the products that China sells to the United States each year will be hit by tariffs.

Topics: Tariffs global supply chain Strategic Procurement

Cold Chain Series Part 2: The supply chain risks healthcare & life sciences executives need to be aware of and the trends that will shape the future

Joseph Esteves, VP Industry Partner at Maine Pointe looks at the potential risks and rewards for transportation carriers and 3PLs operating across the cold chain logistics market

The term ‘cold chain logistics’ refers to the storage, handling and transportation of product under temperature-controlled conditions. These conditions can be frozen, chilled or ambient, but any product that requires a controlled, monitored environment where a constant temperature is maintained is included. The two main product categories under the ‘cold chain’ umbrella are food and Healthcare & Life Sciences products.

Topics: global supply chain cold chain logistics

How Can Packaging Companies Respond to Global Bans on Single-use Plastic?

As an increasing number of countries, cities and organizations ban single-use plastics, Joseph Esteves, VP Industry Partner at Maine Pointe considers how packaging companies can respond.

Increased awareness around environmental pollution has heightened concerns about indiscriminate waste disposal. Much of the discussion focuses around the excessive use of plastics which, despite being a useful material, pose a threat to our planet.

The environmental threat of single use plastics

About 80-85% of all litter in the oceans is plastic and half of that is made up of throw-away, ‘single use’ items such as plastic straws. This disturbing fact has prompted over 60 countries worldwide to ban single- use packaging items.

Topics: packaging

Recognizing the Importance of Culture in a Family-Owned Business

A tailored approach can help companies that are not used to working with consultants achieve transformational results without compromising their core philosophy and values.

In the world’s more developed markets, we often see fragmented ownership with families selling all or part of their business over time. Statistics from the Family Business Institute show that only one third of family-owned businesses last into a second generation of ownership, 12% to a third and just 3% to a fourth.

Topics: company culture

Cold Chain Series Part 1 of 2: The supply chain risks food industry executives and 3PLs need to be aware of and the trends that will shape the future

Joseph Esteves, VP Industry Partner at Maine Pointe looks at the potential risks and rewards for transportation carriers and 3PLs operating across the cold chain logistics market

The term ‘cold chain logistics’ refers to the storage, handling and transportation of product under temperature-controlled conditions. These conditions can be frozen, chilled or ambient, but any product that requires a controlled, monitored environment where a constant temperature is maintained is included. The two main product categories under the ‘cold chain’ umbrella are food and healthcare & life sciences products.

Topics: global supply chain cold chain logistics