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Practical Insights (Blog)

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

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

Digital Supply Chain: You Need to Change. But How?

CEOs know they need to respond to disruptive technologies to remain competitive. What’s necessary is a pragmatic step-by-step way forward. Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer at Maine Pointe, dives into this topic.

 

Topics: global supply chain supply chain transformation cost, cash, growth

Overcoming Supply Chain Complexities

In light of geopolitical and technology change, Steven Bowen, CEO Maine Pointe, and Mike Burnette, Associate Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute, delve into the subject of overcoming supply chain complexities

 

Topics: supply chain transformation Total Value Optimization GSCI White Paper

Four Ways Advanced Data Analytics is Disrupting the F&B Supply Chain

Bill Forster, EVP Food & Beverage, Maine Pointe outlines how disruptive technologies are presenting the food and beverage industry with an unprecedented opportunity to improve margins, reduce waste and meet changing consumer demand.

The food and beverage market has always been fiercely competitive. Pressures around changing consumer behaviors, ingredient visibility, rising operational costs, production efficiency, and product quality form a complex operating environment for the industry as a whole. The modern supply chain depends on real-time data to operate efficiently. Survival is about complete visibility and having the agility to capitalize on a rapidly changing market. It’s about smart use of new technologies to create a demand-driven end-to-end digital supply chain. Organizations need to embrace innovative technologies that help optimize daily operations and hone profit margins.
Topics: supply chain transformation digital supply chain food&beverage

Act Now to Protect Margins in a Rising Commodity Market

In light of strong growth predictions for the global commodity market in 2018, Rex Clothier, EVP Strategic Procurement at Maine Pointe, considers the steps CEOs need to take now to protect margins and enhance EBITDA growth.

 

 

 

Topics: supply chain transformation digital supply chain Strategic Procurement

Is Your Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operation Set up to Capitalize on Growth in 2018?

As the initial impacts of the GOP tax reform bill begin to be felt, Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer at Maine Pointe, asks executives a multimillion-dollar growth question.

 

Topics: global supply chain supply chain transformation cost, cash, growth

Ensuring Your Supply Chain Keeps Pace With Rapid Change in 2018

Chairman and CEO of Maine Pointe, Steven Bowen, talks about upcoming changes that will impact your business and supply chain in 2018.

Topics: supply chain transformation video

Four Key Considerations for Supply Chain Decision Makers

When it comes to buying a new product or service, supply chain pros utilize a variety of methods to gather information, analyze results, and make decisions.

These solutions range from no-tech methods like working the phone, to high-tech methods like conducting an e-procurement process using industry tools. While the methods on the lower end of the scale are more labor intensive and can be subjective, and the methods at the higher end of the scale tend to be more objective, formal and efficient, each has its place in the world of procurement. However, there’s a fundamental question that all decision makers need to be able to answer; what are we actually buying?

The following four considerations are helpful before embarking on any procurement initiative:

Topics: supply chain transformation

Step-By-Step Supply Chain Transformation

Achieving advantage is not as hard as you may think

"The ‘big bang, bet the company’ transformations of the past are dead."

Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer at Maine Pointe, explains why a more pragmatic step-by-step approach will deliver realizable value.

Topics: global supply chain supply chain transformation