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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

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: digital supply chain demand-driven supply chain Operations Excellence Strategic Procurement Logistics

Logistics Outlook: Overcoming Challenges in an Era of Rising Rates

Mike Notarangeli, Maine Pointe’s EVP, Logistics, discusses some immediate steps transportation providers need to take to maintain competitiveness as market, industry, and legislative issues force rate rises.

For the last couple of years, there have been constant murmurings among logistics providers about an impending rise in rates. It’s safe to say that threat has now become a reality.

Topics: Logistics Supply Chain Performance

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: Industrial Manufacturing & Services Logistics

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: supply chain transformation cost, cash, growth Logistics

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: Chemicals Logistics Rail Logistics

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