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The Global Supply Chain in a Public Health Emergency


Originally published in Supply Chain Brain

According to Simon Knowles, chief marketing officer at Maine Pointe, the coronavirus outbreak in China has served as a sobering reminder of the vulnerability of today’s hyper-connected supply chains, and the importance of contingency planning to ensure resilience.

Topics: supply chain optimization Maine Pointe supply chain risk risk mitigation supply chain management risk Coronavirus Supply Chain Risk Management

Editor's Q&A: Railroads Need to Step Up Their Game, New Report Says


Originally published in Supply Chain Brain

Maine Pointe’s Michael Notarangeli and MSU’s Nick Little answer important questions about rail, and describe why rail is taking on new importance in today’s supply chains.

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Maine Pointe Publishes 4th Article In Forbes: Rail Industry Sees A Window Of Opportunity Amidst Challenges For Over-The-Road Shipping


Originally published in Forbes

Unlike tech, for manufacturing and other sectors that have steadily improved productivity over the years, and despite infrastructure investments, rail freight output metrics have barely improved over time.

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GOOD QUESTION | What’s the first thing to look for when selecting a logistics partner?


Originally published in Inbound Logistics

Maine Pointe EVP Michael Notarangeli says that innovation and continuous improvement are the first things to look for. The only constant in logistics and supply chain is change, so the ability to innovate is an essential ingredient in a lasting relationship. 

Topics: Logistics Total Value Optimization supply chain optimization Maine Pointe TVO supply chain risk risk mitigation supply chain strategy supply chain management

Steve Bowen: Seizing value, seeing supply chain 'big picture' key in digital age


Originally published in Consulting US

This article addresses the digital supply chain, and how companies can differentiate themselves by pursuing value rather than just cost reductions. The editor points out when companies are segmented into silos and there is no alignment between functions, there is often a negative impact on cost and structure.

Topics: Total Value Optimization digital supply chain supply chain optimization Maine Pointe TVO supply chain risk procurement strategic sourcing risk mitigation supply chain strategy supply chain management total cost of ownership tco supplier digital transformation

Maine Pointe Comments on the Risks of Protectionism for Supply Chains


Originally published in Enterprise Risk Magazine

This article delves into protectionist trade policies and their impact on global supply chains. The author cites quotes from earlier interview with CEO Steve Bowen, noting that it can be difficult to mitigate the immediate cost impact of these new tariffs, even in a risk-managed, partnership-driven supply organization.

 

 

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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 Steve Bowen Weighs in on 10% China tariffs and the Supply Chain Scramble


Originally posted in Supply Chain Dive

As a result of the increasingly unpredictable trade war between the US and China, companies need to look at their supply chain strategies closely and re-think their reliance on China. Building in a higher level of optionality and de-risking is the first order of business as companies decide how they must react to this news

Topics: Total Value Optimization Tariffs Maine Pointe TVO china supply chain risk optionality risk mitigation global uncertainty

Why CEOs Are Still In The Dark About The Supply Chain

Originally published in Chief Executive

Maine Pointe CEO Steve Bowen and GSCI’s Paul Dittmann take on “Why CEOs are still in the dark about the supply chain” in Chief Executive magazine, in an insightful piece  showing a surprising number of top executives don’t have a formal strategy in place for managing supply chain risk. Geopolitical uncertainty and volatile trade relations are adding to the risk profile, making it all the more necessary to have a plan in place. The  article highlights not only the risks, but the solutions – starting with redefining supply chain excellence and identifying best practices.

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Maine Pointe's Steve Bowen Cited in "Trade War Escalates: China, US to Raise Tariffs"

Originally published in Supply Chain Dive

Maine Pointe CEO Steve Bowen says many companies had hoped for a better agreement, and some US companies without optionality will be left with few supply chain alternatives, noting that a supply chain shift for a global company may be a years-long process. 


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