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Practical Insights (Blog)

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

Five Ways 3D Printing Will Impact The Global Supply Chain

The additive manufacturing revolution is coming, and it could impact your organization sooner than you think. Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer at Maine Pointe, discusses some of the ways the technology is already transforming supply chains and why it represents a major opportunity to create a competitive advantage.

Topics: global supply chain supply chain transformation Industry 4.0 3D printing

The Construction Industry's Impending Crisis and Opportunities for Growth

As dark clouds gather over the construction industry, Collin Ziemerink, EVP Industrial Manufacturing & Services discusses some of the challenges executives face and offers practical advice on how to weather the storm.

The construction industry is on the brink of a crisis, with some major challenges coming this year. Unpredictable tariffs, the rising cost of materials, a shortage of skilled labor and major shakeups in the transportation industry are all combining to change the construction landscape. However, if executives are prepared for these new realities, it is still possible to achieve meaningful and consistent growth.

Topics: Total Value Optimization global supply chain construction industry Industry 4.0

The Biggest Supply Chain Challenges and Opportunities for CPG Companies in 2019

Joe Esteves, VP CPG and Bill Forster, EVP CPG discuss how, with the right strategy, and by asking the right questions, CPG executives can transform their biggest supply chain challenges into opportunities.


Topics: Total Value Optimization global supply chain supply chain transformation food and beverge CPG/F&B

How The Construction Industry Will Overcome Its Biggest Challenges in 2019

Collin Ziemerink, Maine Pointe’s Executive Vice President, Industrial Manufacturing and Services, shares his thoughts on the biggest challenges the construction industry will face in 2019 and offers practical advice on how to overcome them.

Topics: Total Value Optimization global supply chain supply chain transformation construction industry

Five Trends That Could Transform Your Global Supply Chain in 2019

2018 was a turbulent year, with tariffs, geopolitical uncertainties and new technologies adding further complications to already complex supply chains. As we look forward to the new year, Maine Pointe’s Chief Marketing Officer, Simon Knowles shares his thoughts on some key trends that will impact global supply chains in 2019 and considers how proactively preparing for the year ahead will give businesses a competitive edge. 

Topics: global supply chain supply chain transformation cost, cash, growth

UK Manufacturing: Opportunities and Challenges in the Era of Tariffs, Protectionism and Brexit

The current unpredictable geopolitical environment makes corporate planning more challenging than ever before. Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer at Maine Pointe, argues that, along with the problems uncertainty creates, there is a significant opportunity for executives to improve productivity and increase competitiveness.

 

Topics: Total Value Optimization global supply chain cost, cash, growth UK manufacturing

Tariffs: How Resilient Is Your Supply Chain?

With a fresh batch of US/Chinese tariffs now on line and set to ramp up in January, Maine Pointe’s Chief Marketing Officer, Simon Knowles and EVP Strategic Procurement, Rex Clothier, discuss why now is the time to stress test your supply chain

On 24 September, the latest batch of US tariffs, starting at 10% and increasing to 25% at the end of the year, was imposed on $200Bn worth of Chinese goods. These latest tariffs are in addition to penalties implemented earlier this year on $50Bn worth of Chinese goods. Taken together, it means roughly half of the products that China sells to the United States each year will be hit by tariffs.

Topics: Strategic Procurement global supply chain Tariffs

Cold Chain Series Part 2: The supply chain risks healthcare & life sciences executives need to be aware of and the trends that will shape the future

Joseph Esteves, VP Industry Partner at Maine Pointe looks at the potential risks and rewards for transportation carriers and 3PLs operating across the cold chain logistics market

The term ‘cold chain logistics’ refers to the storage, handling and transportation of product under temperature-controlled conditions. These conditions can be frozen, chilled or ambient, but any product that requires a controlled, monitored environment where a constant temperature is maintained is included. The two main product categories under the ‘cold chain’ umbrella are food and Healthcare & Life Sciences products.

Topics: global supply chain cold chain logistics

Cold Chain Series Part 1 of 2: The supply chain risks food industry executives and 3PLs need to be aware of and the trends that will shape the future

Joseph Esteves, VP Industry Partner at Maine Pointe looks at the potential risks and rewards for transportation carriers and 3PLs operating across the cold chain logistics market

The term ‘cold chain logistics’ refers to the storage, handling and transportation of product under temperature-controlled conditions. These conditions can be frozen, chilled or ambient, but any product that requires a controlled, monitored environment where a constant temperature is maintained is included. The two main product categories under the ‘cold chain’ umbrella are food and healthcare & life sciences products.

Topics: global supply chain cold chain logistics