Practical Insights (Blog)

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

How Will Tariffs Impact US Steel,  Aluminum and Titanium Manufacturers' Supply Chains and Operations?

Following President Trump's announcement of steep tariffs on many imports of steel, aluminum and titanium David Kleine, EVP Industrial Manufacturing & Services, Maine Pointe, takes a brief look at the impact on supply chains and operations, and highlights four questions industry CEOs need to answer.

Topics: Industrial Manufacturing & Services Supply Chain Performance Steel & Aluminum Tariffs

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