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Gaining data visibility and control is critical to rebalancing the chemicals supply chain and operations

After the double shock of Coronavirus and the ‘Texas Freeze’ visibility and control of the chemicals supply chain and operations is critical to recovery. Glenn Hoskin, EVP Energy & Natural Resources at Maine Pointe, looks at the impact of these events on the industry and considers some of the steps executives can take to ensure they have accurate data at their fingertips to inform decision-making.

Topics: Operations Excellence Total Value Optimization Chemicals Operational Improvements Data Analytics Stabilize-Recover-Rebalance

Operations Excellence is Key in a Supply/Demand Imbalanced Environment

For manufacturers, the picture across the US is one of accelerating demand, labor shortages, raw materials scarcity and spiraling costs. Without immediate action, it’s a pattern that could impact your productivity and impede your organization’s growth for the foreseeable future. In this article, Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer at Maine Pointe (SGS), discusses how integrated operations excellence is key to enhancing visibility, driving improved throughput and resolving supply/demand/distribution imbalances.

Topics: Operations Excellence Total Value Optimization Operational Improvements Digitally Enabled Supply Chain and Operations

From Conflict to Cooperation: Repairing the Union-Management Relationship, Part Two

How working collaboratively with the unions helped set a corporate record for productivity

In part two of his three-part blog exploring the increasingly complex relationship between management and unions, Jim Mynaugh, Senior Delivery Advisor at Maine Pointe discusses the breakthrough results executives can achieve by working in partnership with the unions.

Topics: Operations Excellence Operational Improvements

From Conflict to Cooperation: Repairing the Union-Management Relationship, Part One

It isn't always the unions' fault

In part one of his three part blog exploring the increasingly complex relationship between management and unions, Jim Mynaugh, Senior Delivery Advisor at Maine Pointe purports that, while it may be easy for managers to lay the blame for operational problems at the unions’ door, managers can often be wrong.

Topics: Operations Excellence Operational Improvements

Reduced Cycle Time = Increased Speed, Growth and Profit

The golf cart story

Jim Mynaugh, Senior Delivery Advisor, explains how cycle time reduction improves speed, unlocks profit, enables growth, and argues that being 'good' is not 'good enough' anymore. 

Topics: Operations Excellence Operational Improvements

Adapting to Private Equity's New World Order

Dan Ginsberg, EVP and Teresa Garti, VP, Private Equity discuss why PE executives are increasingly focusing on operational improvements to quickly generate the returns they require.

Earlier this year, we gave you a brief overview of four key themes that we believe will have a significant impact on the PE market in 2017. This month, we’re diving a little deeper into the first of those themes; how and why PE executives, particularly those operating in the middle market, are turning their attention to operational improvements in order to achieve accelerated value creation.

Topics: Private Equity Operational Improvements