Steven Bowen, Chairman & CEO, Maine Pointe, on Sep 29, 2019 6:42:56 PM
Inbound Logistics, on Sep 23, 2019 9:43:21 AM
The unending question in today’s retail environment is how brick-and-mortar retailers can stay competitive with Amazon. In this month’s “Good Question” article in Inbound Logistics, Michael Notarangeli provides insight into that question, noting retailers can stay competitive by building in optionality into their supply chains. Mike says in his response that doing so allows retailers to respond quickly to unpredictable tariff situations, and to better address the last mile.
Consulting.us, on Sep 17, 2019 3:44:05 PM
Steven Bowen, Chairman & CEO, Maine Pointe, on Sep 9, 2019 12:35:58 PM
C-suite executives face increasing challenges every day in an environment where the supply chain is increasingly global and often unstable due to factors out of their direct control such as new and unexpected tariffs. Those executives often implement Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) initiatives in an attempt to foster broader and deeper collaboration along the end-to-end supply chain, and to balance supply commitments against demand, but too often, these S&OP strategies fall short of expectations. With the right approach though, S&OP can deliver significant and sustainable results.
Collin Ziemerink, EVP Industrial Manufacturing & Services, on Sep 3, 2019 8:50:50 AM
According to USG and U.S. Chamber of Commerce commercial construction index Q2 2019, contractors in the U.S. commercial construction industry remain optimistic about the market. This comes despite ongoing challenges with skilled workforce availability, supply chain pressure and tariff-related concerns.
Despite the optimistic outlook, there is still the very real possibility of a slowdown in commercial construction in the next 18 to 24 months. In this scenario, increased competition for a smaller number of projects will inevitably result in margin erosion. Forward-looking executives are already preparing by optimizing margins and removing cost from the end-to-end supply chain.