Practical Insights (Blog)

Repercussions of the Escalating Trade War Between US and China on the Supply Chain: Who is Really Losing?

As the tit-for-tat tariff war between the US and China continues, Joseph Esteves, Vice President Industry Partner, Maine Pointe, looks at the potential impact on US manufacturing and its effect on medical and life sciences companies. He considers the steps leaders should take right now to remain competitive and protect margins if the proposed tariffs become reality.

President Trump won the 2016 election with his tough policies and promise to, “Make America great again.” The recent 25% tariff on Chinese imports in the US is proof that he is prepared to take bold and controversial actions to make good on that promise.   

Topics: Industrial Manufacturing & Services global supply chain Tariffs

Five Key Factors to Creating a Demand-Driven Supply Chain

Making sales and operations planning (S&OP) work

Many organizations struggle to forecast client demand and align their operations to respond accordingly. Maine Pointe’s procurement, operations and logistics practice leaders outline five critical success factors that will ensure effective demand-driven sales and operations planning (S&OP).

Topics: Strategic Procurement Operations Excellence Logistics digital supply chain demand-driven supply chain

Logistics Outlook: Overcoming Challenges in an Era of Rising Rates

Mike Notarangeli, Maine Pointe’s EVP, Logistics, discusses some immediate steps transportation providers need to take to maintain competitiveness as market, industry, and legislative issues force rate rises.

For the last couple of years, there have been constant murmurings among logistics providers about an impending rise in rates. It’s safe to say that threat has now become a reality.

Topics: Logistics Supply Chain Performance

Overcoming Carrier Capacity Challenges and Disruptive Logistics Models

As freight congestion nears crisis point in North America, David Kleine, EVP Aerospace, Industrial Manufacturing & Services, and Bob Gernon, VP Logistics, at Maine Pointe, outline how supply chain collaboration and optimization is the key to unlocking billions of dollars of revenue for CEOs of carriers and shippers alike.

Topics: Logistics Industrial Manufacturing & Services

How Will Tariffs Impact US Steel,  Aluminum and Titanium Manufacturers' Supply Chains and Operations?

Following President Trump's announcement of steep tariffs on many imports of steel, aluminum and titanium David Kleine, EVP Industrial Manufacturing & Services, Maine Pointe, takes a brief look at the impact on supply chains and operations, and highlights four questions industry CEOs need to answer.

Topics: Industrial Manufacturing & Services Supply Chain Performance Steel & Aluminum Tariffs

CEOs Need to Act Now to Avoid Transportation Crisis Hitting Their Business Hard

Many CEOs in North America don’t yet realize how this crisis is building to significantly hit growth, margins, earnings, customer service and even corporate survival. Steve Bowen, Chairman & CEO, Maine Pointe, explains why a win-win solution is the only answer.

Topics: Logistics supply chain transformation cost, cash, growth

Digital Supply Chain: You Need to Change. But How?

CEOs know they need to respond to disruptive technologies to remain competitive. What’s necessary is a pragmatic step-by-step way forward. Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer at Maine Pointe, dives into this topic.

 

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

Overcoming Supply Chain Complexities

In light of geopolitical and technology change, Steven Bowen, CEO Maine Pointe, and Mike Burnette, Associate Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute, delve into the subject of overcoming supply chain complexities

 

Topics: Total Value Optimization supply chain transformation GSCI White Paper

Four Ways Advanced Data Analytics is Disrupting the F&B Supply Chain

Bill Forster, EVP Food & Beverage, Maine Pointe outlines how disruptive technologies are presenting the food and beverage industry with an unprecedented opportunity to improve margins, reduce waste and meet changing consumer demand.

The food and beverage market has always been fiercely competitive. Pressures around changing consumer behaviors, ingredient visibility, rising operational costs, production efficiency, and product quality form a complex operating environment for the industry as a whole. The modern supply chain depends on real-time data to operate efficiently. Survival is about complete visibility and having the agility to capitalize on a rapidly changing market. It’s about smart use of new technologies to create a demand-driven end-to-end digital supply chain. Organizations need to embrace innovative technologies that help optimize daily operations and hone profit margins.
Topics: food&beverage supply chain transformation digital supply chain

Accelerating Time-to-Completion in Aerospace

With over 13,500 airplanes tied up in backlog, Dave Kleine, EVP Industrial Manufacturing & Services, and Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations, at Maine Pointe, outline how cross-functional supply chain collaboration is the key to unlocking trillions of dollars of revenue held up in production.

Topics: Industrial Manufacturing & Services Aerospace