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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

Starting your Digital Supply Chain and Operations Transformation Journey

In the last of their four-part series looking at the resilient, agile, digitally enabled supply chain of the future, Nathanael Powrie, EVP Data Analytics and Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer, look at the first steps on the transformation journey and why some digital transformations are destined to fail.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Data Analytics Digitally Enabled Supply Chain and Operations

Planning your Five-Stage Digital Supply Chain and Operations Transformation Journey

In the third of their four-part series looking at the resilient, agile, digitally enabled supply chain of the future, Nathanael Powrie, EVP Data Analytics and Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer, look more closely at the step-by-step implementation plan. They ask what executives can do to ensure digital supply chain implementation delivers the accelerated results they need.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Data Analytics Digitally Enabled Supply Chain and Operations

Opportunities New Technologies Present for Supply Chain and Operations and How to Avoid the Pitfalls

In the second of their four-part series looking at the resilient, agile, digitally enabled supply chain of the future, Nathanael Powrie, EVP Data Analytics and Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer, discuss the opportunities new technologies present and some of the most common mistakes organizations make when embarking on a transformation project.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Data Analytics Digitally Enabled Supply Chain and Operations

Why your Business Needs a Digitally Enabled Supply Chain and Operations and How to Get Started

In the first of a four-part series on the resilient, agile, digitally enabled supply chain of the future, Nathanael Powrie, EVP Data Analytics and Simon Knowles, Chief Marketing Officer, answer some frequently asked questions. They consider what it attempts to accomplish and, as businesses look to the future, explain why they believe it is integral to short, mid and long-term resilience, agility and risk reduction.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Data Analytics Digitally Enabled Supply Chain and Operations

Managing Cash Across The Supply Chain in Times of Crisis

Eight strategies to implement now

Global governmental responses to the current pandemic have put private equity investors and portfolio company management under enormous pressure to quickly formulate a strategy which limits short-term disruption and supports recovery in the mid term.

Topics: Private Equity Total Value Optimization Supply Chain Risk Management

Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Supply Chains Can Still be Resilient in a Global Emergency

The aviation, aerospace & defense (“AA&D”) industry has been rocked by an unprecedented near shutdown of commercial aviation and faced the impact of unpredictable parts shortages as companies shutdown/lockdown facilities across the entire supply chain.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Aerospace Supply Chain Optimization globalization supply chain risk optionality Risk Mitigation global uncertainty Aviation Aerospace Manufacturing #aerospace industry defense Supply Chain Risk Management Supply Chain Resilience pandemic disruption new normal 737 Max Aviation Industry CXO

Building Supply Chain Resilience Through Optionality: Five Key Areas to Consider

The rapid spread of the global pandemic has added another layer of disruption to the economic and global trade challenges businesses faced at the beginning of the year. As governments around the world introduce unprecedented measures to halt the spread of the virus, there is no area of the end-to-end supply chain that isn’t feeling the impact.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Supply Chain Risk Management Supply Chain Resilience Supply Chain Optionality Supplier Optionality

Optionality is Key to Managing Supply Chain Risk in Manufacturing

Risk preparation and optionality

Collin Ziemerink EVP Industrial Manufacturing & Services at Maine Pointe considers the immediate actions manufacturing companies can take to weather the current storm and prepare for the next one.

Topics: Total Value Optimization Industrial Manufacturing & Services end to end supply chain integration contingency planning