Practical Insights (Blog)

It’s Shrink or Swim in the Retail Food Sector

Shrink is not really a measure of asset protection. Shrink precisely measures organizational effectiveness and should be considered as a direct measure of a CEO’s leadership abilities.

In today’s environmentwhere the retail food industry is suffering from deflationary pressures, e-commerce margin pressure, talent wars and a saturated market, generating the expected return is becoming harder and harder. For the CEO, changing the lens on how we view shrink should be a solution to building a legacy of confidence and certainty.

Topics: Food & Beverage Shrink

Supply Chain Performance: Right Product, Place, Time & Quantity

Have you noticed an increasing parallel between the list of best supply chain companies and lists of the best companies? ...

The same observation could be made of many great supply chain executives. When Jeff Bezos set out to create Amazon as an unrivaled retail force, he hired away Walmart’s best supply chain talent. When Steve Jobs set out to create the best supply chain in the industry, he hired none other than Tim Cook to build the Apple supply chain and fulfill the Steve Jobs vision.

Maine Pointe’s pioneering Total Value Optimization™ (TVO) model continues to show that most company’s supply chains fall far short of where they could, or should, be on the maturity curve. However, it would be unfair to automatically assume that your supply chain organization is uninformed, unskilled, or uninterested in your company’s performance. 

Topics: Logistics Supply Chain Performance

Operations Excellence: A Tale of Two Plants

Over the past 10-15 years, many manufacturing plants have gone through repeated cycles of budget cuts. Organizational layers have been chopped, headcounts reduced and entire factories have been outsourced to countries with lower labor costs. 

Topics: Operations Excellence LEAN Manufacturing