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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

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

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

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

Future Proofing the End-To-End Supply Chain: The Evolving Importance of Industry 4.0 (Smart Operations)

Alfred Baumbusch, EVP Operations at Maine Pointe, explains why he believes Industry 4.0 (smart operations) are the keys to turning your supply chain into a competitive weapon. He answers the six questions every forward-looking executive and supply chain leader should be asking.


Topics: Operations Excellence Supply Chain Transformation Digital Supply Chain Smart Operations Industry 4.0

Five Key Factors to Creating a Demand-Driven Supply Chain

Making sales and operations planning (S&OP) work

Many organizations struggle to forecast client demand and align their operations to respond accordingly. Maine Pointe’s procurement, operations and logistics practice leaders outline five critical success factors that will ensure effective demand-driven sales and operations planning (S&OP).

Topics: Strategic Procurement Operations Excellence Logistics Digital Supply Chain Demand-Driven Supply Chain

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