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Maine Pointe's 2020 Thought Leadership Reinforces Supply Chain Digitization and Highlights Long-Term Changes to Supply Chain

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Global supply chain and operations consultancy delivers subject matter expertise on rethinking the digital supply chain and building global success in 2021

Boston, Mass., December 29, 2020 -- Global supply chain and operations consulting firm Maine Pointe took a preeminent role as thought leader and subject matter expert in 2020, guiding CEOs, CFOs and directors through an unusually challenging year. The Boston-based consultancy was frequently sought out by leading business, industry and supply chain publications due to Maine Pointe's deep level of expertise on issues relating to supply chain, global trade, logistics and digitization.

Throughout the year, Maine Pointe has been the voice of the supply chain, with CEO Steven Bowen offering expert counsel to business leaders and directors on industry's response to the pandemic and insight on how companies can survive the COVID-driven disruptions while building in a new level of resiliency to prepare for other unexpected emergencies in the future.

A landmark white paper published by the University of Tennessee's Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI), featured several Maine Pointe case studies to highlight best practices in delivering supply chain value. The paper, titled ""End-to-end supply chain synchronization: Orchestrating a winning strategy" examined in detail issues relating to digitization, and deploying an end-to-end synchronization strategy across the entire supply chain.

In addition to the GSCI white paper, Maine Pointe also took a leading role in a collaboration with Michigan State University in the publication of a white paper titled "Is today's supply chain model dead? Have you got its replacement ready?" The white paper, co-authored by Maine Pointe CMO Simon Knowles, addresses the enormous pressure business leaders face today, and the imperative to build a more resilient supply chain to face the pressures of the future.

"Companies are faced with the need to reassess the entire supply chain as part of a long-term rebalancing as part of their pandemic recovery," said Bowen. "What has worked for years may no longer be practical, and directors need to drive the C-suite and push them away from the notion that it will be possible to return to "business as usual.'"

Bowen's popular Forbes podcast series has also gained attention with his thoughtful discussions with leading CEOs, including a discussion with Sun-Maid CEO Harry Overly about the evolution of their iconic brand and how supply chain improvements helped grow EBITDA for this 100-year-old company. Bowen also joined University of Tennessee's Michael Burnette and Colgate-Palmolive VP Global Supply Chain Demand & Systems in a podcast titled "Supply chain synchronization: Orchestrating a winning strategy," discussing synchronization and digitization of the supply chain, and how the pandemic has accelerated trends that were already in progress. Maine Pointe was also featured in a Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals podcast, on "Total value optimization: Transforming your global supply chain into a competitive weapon," and a Supply Chain Management Review podcast titled "Is today's supply chain model DOA."

Bowen has also appeared multiple times on the TD Ameritrade Network's live "Market on Close" news segment, most recently discussing how, as a result of the pandemic crisis, CEOs need to move quickly towards stabilization, and building more visibility and optionality.

Maine Pointe has been featured throughout the year in leading publications including Forbes, Bloomberg, and Barron's, with regular mentions and bylined articles in industry publications including Chief Executive, Supply Chain Brain, Directorship Magazine, and Supply and Demand Chain Executive.

Bowen, a member of the Forbes Council, publishes regularly on topics including his Forbes article, "6 ways CFOs can manage risk and create supply-chain-driven value." In that piece, Bowen explores the inextricable link between shareholder value and supply chain performance, and the growing role the CFO is taking in supply chain leadership. Bowen's other Forbes articles include how sales & operations planning drives success and integration, and how companies can optimize their supply chains to generate profit.

Bowen has become a leading voice on the subject of changes in the digital supply chain and how to enable digital transformation, with his article in Chief Executive magazine highlighting how CEOs are embracing digitization to remain competitive and deliver greater value across the end-to-end supply chain. "A big part of increasing total value across the supply chain lies in synchronization," said Bowen. "Along with digitization, end-to-end integration, collaboration, and platform management all work towards delivering value across the supply chain."

"Maine Pointe has long taken a leading role as subject matter experts, and editors and journalists in leading publications have always sought us out both to contribute bylined articles, and to offer quotes, insights and interviews for insightful articles and features," said Bowen. "This year was a tipping point for us for media relations, and we are proud to be able to be a champion of change, digitization and growth appear in leading business and industry publications which have taken a leading role this year in helping guide companies through these unprecedented times."

 About Maine Pointe 

Maine Pointe, a member of the SGS Group, is a global supply chain and operations consulting firm trusted by many chief executives and private equity firms to drive compelling economic returns for their companies. We achieve this by delivering accelerated, sustainable improvements in EBITDA, cash and growth across their procurement, logistics, operations and data analytics. Our hands-on implementation experts work with executives and their teams to rapidly break through functional silos and transform the plan-buy-make-move-fulfill digital supply chain to deliver the greatest value to customers and stakeholders at the lowest cost and risk to business. We call this Total Value OptimizationTM (TVO).

Maine Pointe's engagements are results-driven and deliver between 4:1-8:1 ROI. We are so confident in our work and our processes that we provide a unique 100% guarantee of engagement fees based on annualized savings.

About SGS
SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 89​,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.


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