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Are Australian road trains the solution to the US driver shortage?

Originally published in Supply Chain Dive

North Dakota approved legislation to pilot the freight method as a way to deal with increased demand for drivers amid high turnover rates. Mike Notarangeli discusses the challenges of "road trains" saying, "There are advantages of road trains — increased capacity, improved efficiency, better driver utilization — but there are downsides as well, including increased maintenance on equipment, increased safety risk and limited access.”


Topics: Logistics Transportation Total Value Optimization supply chain optimization Maine Pointe TVO strategic sourcing road transportation

Missing the mark: Too often, traditional sourcing initiatives fail to deliver on promised benefits

Originally published in Supply Chain Management Review

Mark Montanari, Vice President Chemicals, Oil & Gas, highlights the need for a dramatic re-thinking of traditional sourcing-centric approaches to procurement. Bringing integration and collaboration to the next level is an essential part of gaining a competitive advantage today, and Mark speaks to the need for radical change in leadership and vision.

Topics: Oil & Gas Total Value Optimization supply chain optimization Maine Pointe TVO procurement strategic sourcing supply chain strategy supply chain management total cost of ownership tco supplier

MSU and Maine Pointe: Shippers and railroads need to repair breakdown in communication

Originally published in Freight Waves

Shippers, freight railroads and the investor community must tackle the “dysfunctional” relationships between them so that they create an effective and efficient supply chain and meet future demand for rail service, according to a new whitepaper produced by Michigan State University's Center for Railway Education and Maine Pointe.The unending question in today’s retail environment is how brick-and-mortar retailers can stay competitive with Amazon.

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Maine Pointe's Steven Bowen on Forbes Podcast: "Digital Supply Chain, Culture, and Sales & Operations Planning"


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Inbound Logistics, Sept. issue - GOOD QUESTION | How Can Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Compete with Amazon?

Originally published in Inbound Logistics

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.

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Maine Pointe appoints two new EVPs, bolsters TVO offering

Originally published in

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Maine Pointe Article In Chief Executive: Getting To The Next Level of Integration With Sales And Operations Planning

Originally published in Chief Executive magazine

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.

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Prepare for a Market Slowdown by Optimizing Your Supply Chain

Originally posted in Construction Executive

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.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Maine Pointe construction industry TVO supply chain risk

Maine Pointe's Steven Bowen Examines the Power of S&OP at Forbes

Originally published in Consulting US

Steven Bowen, founder and CEO of supply chain and operations consultancy Maine Pointe, recently examined how sales and operations planning (S&OP) helps drive success and business integration in an article at

Sales and operations planning (S&OP) allows executives to achieve focus and alignment across all business functions, utilizing strong communication and collaboration across functional teams, customers, and suppliers. An important part of S&OP is matching demand information to supply capability and financial objectives to drive top-level strategy – integrating marketing and sales, financial, and supply operations into a unified whole.

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