New News and Events MP 2018.png
Global reach icon 2018.png

Practical Insights (Blog)

Sales & Operations Planning: The Principles that Underwrite Success

In the final part of his series looking at the evolving importance of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, discusses the principles that underwrite S&OP


Topics: Operations Excellence Smart Operations Industry 4.0 Sales & Operations Planning

Sales & Operations Planning: Six Critical Success Factors for S&OP Implementation

In part four of his five-part series of practical insights blogs looking at the evolving importance of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, considers why, despite a history of failures, S&OP remains a top three priority for end-to-end demand/supply chain executives and looks at six critical success factors that have often proved elusive.

Topics: Operations Excellence Smart Operations Industry 4.0 Sales & Operations Planning

Why Pit Crew Performance is the Key to Winning the Race, and What the Oil & Gas Industry can Learn from it

Tony Planos, VP Oil & Gas (and motor racing enthusiast), offers his perspective on how following the example of Formula 1 racing's "flawless pitstop" can help drive efficiencies and reduce risk in the oil & gas industry.


Topics: Oil & Gas Total Value Optimization supply chain transformation Energy

Sales & Operations Planning: Four Essential Toolsets That Drive Success

In part three of his series of practical insights blogs looking at the evolving importance of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, outlines four essential toolsets that drive S&OP excellence and considers why the ability to successfully optimize alignment, synchronization and responsiveness across the value chain may be the key to success.


Topics: Operations Excellence Smart Operations Industry 4.0 Sales & Operations Planning

Sales & Operations Planning: Why is S&OP Important?

In part two of his series of practical insights blogs looking at the evolving importance of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, discusses five critical ways an effective S&OP process drives straight to the heart of business model enablement.


Topics: Operations Excellence Smart Operations Industry 4.0 Sales & Operations Planning

How Blockchain Technology is Starting to Transform the End-to-End Supply Chain

From source to sale: In the second of his series of blogs demystifying Industry 4.0 technologies, Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer, focuses on some of the ways blockchain technology is beginning to make its mark on end-to-end global supply chains.

Topics: global supply chain digital supply chain Industry 4.0 blockchain

Sales & Operations Planning: The C-Suite Dilemma

In the first of a five-part series of practical insights blogs looking at the evolving importance of S&OP in an aligned, synchronized, responsive end-to-end supply chain, Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, looks at the challenges executives face and why success in S&OP projects often proves elusive.


Topics: Operations Excellence Smart Operations Industry 4.0 Sales & Operations Planning

Doubling Down on the Supply Chain: How Some West Texas Producers are Facing Headwinds from Increased Complexity, Resulting in Decreased Cash Operating Costs/Barrel

Tony Planos, VP Oil & Gas, outlines some of the key challenges currently faced by West Texas operators and discusses why he believes a holistic, end-to-end supply chain approach may be the way to overcome them.


Topics: Oil & Gas Total Value Optimization supply chain transformation Energy

Is a New Sustainment Model the Next Step in Defense Acquisition Reform?

Chris Brumitt, VP Aerospace & Defense, discusses the vital importance of sustainment and acquisition model reform to the defense mission.


Topics: Supply Chain Performance aerospace and defense

Maritime and Container Logistics: Who Will be the Catalysts to Drive Total Value Optimization?

Mike Notarangeli is EVP, Logistics at Maine Pointe and a former Executive Director for the Semiconductor Manufacturing Global Council at RosettaNet / GS1 US.

Mike recently attended  TPM19, the industry event for the Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference. Logistics providers, Beneficial Cargo Owners (BCOs), solution providers, and other members of the maritime logistics ecosystem came together to discuss important topics that will affect the industry in the near term and into the future. Here he shares some key takeaways from the event.
Topics: Logistics Sustainability Supply Chain Performance