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Practical Insights (Blog)

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

Joe Esteves, VP CPG and F&B and Bill Forster, EVP CPG and F&B 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

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

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

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

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