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Practical Insights (Blog)

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 Private Equity Consulting

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: Europe global supply chain supply chain transformation 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: Food & Beverage Data Analytics

Baby Boomer Retirement: A Significant, Sustained Opportunity for Private Equity

The middle market is about to see sustained interest from PE firms

The sale of baby boomer businesses offers a significant opportunity for private equity. However, it also presents some major challenges. Dan Ginsberg, EVP Private Equity (mid-market) and Mark McTigue, VP Private Equity discuss these challenges and considers what company owners and PE sponsors can do to overcome them.

Topics: Private Equity Private Equity Consulting

Due Diligence to Acquisition to Rapid Results: First 100 Days

Accelerating measurable value, reducing risk and driving successful integration post M&A

According to surveys, 70-80% of all integration projects fail to deliver the anticipated value. This is mainly due to firms not having a clear and aggressive strategy for integration from day one (or even before). Evidence suggests that the first 100 days are critical to long-term value creation. As a result, a 100-day plan is now a part of the closing stages of almost every M&A and PE transaction and integral to any strategy to increase valuation within a relatively short period of time.

Topics: Private Equity Food & Beverage mergers and acquisitons operational due diligence

The Packagers' Imperative: How to 'Uncommoditize' a Commodity?

Joseph Esteves, Vice President Industry Partner, Maine Pointe, looks at the dilemma currently facing the global packaging industry and discusses why a better understanding of the forces at work in the value chain is the key to survival and growth.



Topics: global supply chain packaging

Building a Global Platform for Sustainable Growth

 A collaborative, cross-functional approach is the key to driving improvements across multiple acquisitions

Aggressive growth based on multiple acquisitions has become a relatively common strategy for companies looking to break into new markets, gain competitive edge or acquire new products and technologies. However, successfully merging multiple companies, processes and business cultures is not without its challenges.

Topics: Total Value Optimization global supply chain

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