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Practical Insights (Blog)

Where Have All The Freighters Gone?

 Michael Notarangeli, EVP Logistics and David Kleine, EVP Aerospace, Industrial Manufacturing & Services, 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

Private Equity: The Effectiveness of Operating Resources in Creating Incremental Value

Increased reliance on operational value creation in recent years, especially in fund vintages since 2011, has required PE firms to diversify from their traditional ‘financial engineering’ role.

PE firms have had to develop in-house capabilities, or look outside of their own organization for the operational expertise they require to achieve rapid, measurable results. Approximately 50% of middle market and larger PE firms utilize operating resources internally and most are working with various third parties to achieve improved operating results. The question is, how effective are these operating resources in creating incremental value?

Topics: Private Equity Consulting Private Equity

5 Supply Chain Optimisation Initiatives European Executives Can Implement Right Now

As the trade dispute between the US and EU intensifies, Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer and Michael Kirstein, VP Europe, at Maine Pointe outline 5 steps executives can take immediately to protect their supply chain and create the conditions for profit enhancement and growth

 

Topics: global supply chain supply chain transformation Europe Tariffs

Feeding Future Demands: Using Data Analytics to Drive Down Food Waste

Now more than ever, buyers and suppliers are under pressure to cut down on waste in order to reduce costs, improve return on investment, manage resource scarcity and reduce the environmental impact of operations. Joseph Esteves, VP Industry Partner and Nathanael Powrie, VP Data Analytics at Maine Pointe discuss the vital role food waste management plays in the future of supply chains.

A recent United Nations report, How to Feed the World in 2050, found that food production may need to increase up to 70% by 2050 to feed the 9.7 billion people who will live on Earth by that time. Reducing waste and ensuring healthy and sustainable products are becoming hot topics in a bid to protect our planet and its inhabitants. Meeting these challenges will necessitate extensive changes to the traditional food supply chain. This will place buyers and suppliers under increasing pressure to cut down on waste to lower costs, improve return on investment, manage resource scarcity and reduce the environmental impact of operations.

Topics: Data Analytics Food & Beverage