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Maine Pointe In The News

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.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Maine Pointe TVO intermodal railways rail industry freight waves freight rail freight rail industry

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

 

Topics: Total Value Optimization supply chain transformation digital supply chain Global Supply Chain Institute Maine Pointe TVO Forbes Sales & Operations Planning

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.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Maine Pointe TVO

Maine Pointe appoints two new EVPs, bolsters TVO offering


Originally published in Consulting.us

Topics: Total Value Optimization Maine Pointe TVO

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.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Maine Pointe TVO Sales & Operations Planning

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 Forbes.com.

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.

Topics: Private Equity Total Value Optimization supply chain optimization S&OP Maine Pointe operations TVO Sales & Operations Planning supply chain operations marketing sales business performance business integration ceo

In trucking, is it sunrise for solar?


As published in Supply Chain Dive

 

Solar panels on trucks can supplement battery and power lift gates, though the technology today isn't enough to power a truck down the road.

Sustainability has taken a key place in logistics decisions, and also could figure strongly in a fleet manager’s consideration of solar, Maine Pointe's Michael Notarangeli told Supply 
Chain Dive. Read on...

Topics: Logistics Total Value Optimization shipping Maine Pointe TVO green initiatives shipping industry green green energy fleet management fleet operations solar panels

Five Ways Sales And Operations Planning Enables Success And Drives Business Integration


Originally published in Forbes

In his third Forbes article, Maine Pointe CEO Steve Bowen discusses some of the biggest C-suite challenges, the potential payoff of a successful S&OP plan, and some of the most common points of failure.

One of the biggest challenges faced by the C-suite is achieving an end-to-end demand/supply chain that is fully collaborative, with supply commitments properly balanced against demand. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) initiatives often plateau without any measurable payoff, and the result can be a stagnant culture resistant to change. Despite the challenges, S&OP continues to be a top priority among supply chain executives, and the potential for sustainable and measurable payoff is great.

Topics: Total Value Optimization cost, cash, growth supply chain optimization end to end supply chain integration S&OP Maine Pointe operations supply chain collaboration TVO Sales & Operations Planning marketing sales

In shipping industry, where over-the-road trucks consume huge amounts of oil and gas, a business case for incorporating solar panels


Originally published in Oil Voice

Long-term speculation on the future  of the oil and gas industry, along with environmental concerns, has led to intensified interest in alternative energy sources, such as solar.

In the shipping industry, where over-the-road trucks consume huge amounts of oil and gas, a business case can be made for incorporating solar panels. The considerable amount of unused real estate on the roof of trailers could feasibly be utilized to incorporate green technology into the trucking business.

Topics: Oil & Gas Logistics Total Value Optimization shipping Maine Pointe TVO green initiatives shipping industry green green energy fleet management fleet operations solar panels