Practical Insights (Blog)

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

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

Six Ways to Build Competitive Advantage in the Supply Chain

Considerations for transformational leaders

Manipulating your supply chain to achieve savings is not a new phenomenon. There are decades worth of transformations, case studies, and horror stories about what has been done well and perhaps not so well.

So, how does a company know they have built a competitive advantage?

Topics: Logistics Supply Chain Performance

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

Beating the Chemicals-by-Rail Congestion Challenge in the Gulf Corridor

Over $90bn of new plants are due to come on line along the Gulf Corridor. With demand for freight already outstripping track capacity and rail freight charges rising fast, there are testing times ahead for shippers that rely on rail to take their products to market.

Topics: Rail Logistics Logistics Chemicals

Breaking down the silos between operations and procurement functions

Most executives today recognize that a ‘silo’ mentality within an organization is a barrier to growth and efficiency, yet many still struggle to synchronize procurement, operations, manufacturing, logistics and fulfillment operations to anticipate demand and effectively meet customer requirements. There are many benefits to breaking down silos, the most obvious is that you will save money but more importantly it will enable you to improve both your supplier and customer relationships.
Topics: Strategic Procurement Private Equity Logistics Total Value Optimization