Archive for supply chain design

Three Ways to Design Your Supply Chain for Successful Mergers and Acquisitions

As the global economic outlook improves, worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is predicted to pick up. M&A deal volume and deal value remains strong. According to recent surveys, 56 percent of responding companies expect to actively pursue acquisitions in the next 12 months[1], with global M&A value projected to top $3.2 trillion, up 23 percent from this year[2]. Despite the increasing numbers, failure rates for M&A initiatives are extremely high. Depending on which report you […]

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Drones Over Africa: Delivering Lifesaving Medical Supplies

Drones have earned a place in the medical supply chain in Africa. But before Rwanda started using drones, careful thought had to be given to when this mode made sense and when it didn’t.

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Donald Trump and the “Made in America” Supply Chain

Supply chain executives at companies with global supply chains are paying close attention to what happens surrounding import tariffs and trade rules now that Donald Trump is the President elect. On the campaign trail Trump promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and impose punitive damages on goods made in China.

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The Supply Chain Design Movement and How It’s Driving Measurable Improvements for Large Businesses

Why Is Supply Chain Design Important? There’s been a fundamental change in the way global manufacturers and distributers operate. The modern supply chain is an increasingly complex and volatile network making the impacts of change harder to determine and increasing the risks involved with being unprepared. The supply chain is a huge opportunity for competitive advantage—and risk. Supply chain design is now a must-have capability for businesses to keep up with the pace of change […]

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After Brexit: It’s Time to Model Your Supply Chain

In June the citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As a result, the political system is in a state of chaos as the various parties jockey for control. Some of the changes expected from a Brexit (i.e. British Exit) vote have already happened. A week from the referendum, the pound was down 10 percent against the US dollar and eight percent against the Euro. The UK Chancellor has said there […]

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A Guide to the Next-Step Network Modeling Process

Now more so than ever, companies understand the tremendous impact that logistics and transportation can have on their overall business performance and are taking meaningful strides to optimize their operations. And a next-step networking modeling project provides a systematic approach to driving meaningful change throughout the supply chain. Network modeling provides a decision support platform for many critical aspects of supply chain strategy and is performed in order to design an efficient and lean distribution […]

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High-Quality Data: The Best Fuel for Supply Chain Change

As supply chain consultants, we often help clients navigate complex change–from adjusting to cost or competitive pressures to unique challenges like an M&A. These challenges all demand careful analysis of multiple financial and operational outcomes. There’s often a lot hanging in the balance, so it’s rarely a good time to “map out” supply chain changes or cost reduction goals on the back of a napkin. Our most-successful analyses and recommendations are always built on models […]

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Is Your Supply Chain Weatherproof?

Individuals living in the higher latitudes will tell you that ice dams on your roof are an omen of bad things to come. I learned this first-hand last week after record snowfall in the Boston area. To minimize future damage, I set out to purchase a roof rake to clear the snow off of my roof. I drove to one big-box home improvement store – out of stock. I called the major competitor -also out […]

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