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Fool Me Once...

By Nick Parrish on Apr 23, 2020 3:02:37 PM

Fool Me Once…

There’s an old adage, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…shame on me”.   Side note, I can’t help but read that in George W Bush’s accent and chuckle.  Looking at the world around us, it’s safe to say industry and society were collectively taken by surprise.  The effects are evident across everything from the price of crude, to the number of jobless claims, to the visible impact on the supply chain.  Despite all of that, manufacturers and distributors are still being called on to answer the bell and produce and deliver goods with minimal disruption.  

Topics: Flexible Capacity Coronavirus Global Supply Chain US Manufacturing
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Be Resilient, But Cultivate It

By Pete Conrad on Apr 13, 2020 10:08:25 AM

Resiliency is becoming a buzzword now because of the global stress test that supply chains are facing today due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the vulnerability of the distributed network of global supply chains.  Starting in January, the COVID-19 effects on the global supply chain were starting to reveal themselves as product stopped moving from the Chinese interior to the ports.  As the factories started slowing, the linkage to the ports failed as well when Wuhan and surrounding provinces were quarantined.  Then shipping companies cancelled sailings causing vessels and empty containers to be out of position across the globe.  Even after countries and businesses re-open, the affects of this disruption will be felt for at least a year to reposition people, right-size assets, and determine the new demand profile going forward. 

Position to change

Topics: Flexible Capacity Coronavirus Global Supply Chain
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How to Retain Your Workforce Amidst Uncertainty

By Rich Tompkins on Apr 6, 2020 10:49:06 AM

Last week, we published a blog called Manufacturing Companies, Keep the Faith and Soldier On, which was a call to action for US producers and distributors to prepare to play offense in this time of crisis. Because although it is clear that the near-term will be uncertain in terms of restrictions, delays in materials, and workforce challenges... that should not prevent you from preparing to take on pent-up demand that is just around the corner. 
Topics: On-Demand Labor Coronavirus Global Supply Chain US Manufacturing
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Manufacturing Companies, Keep the Faith and Soldier On

By Mike Kinder on Mar 23, 2020 5:25:10 PM

Two weeks ago we published a blog called Now is the Time to Take it Back which serves as our overall call to action for manufacturers in 2020.  We exposed that the over-rotation on outsourcing to China over the last 40 years – particularly over the last 17 years – is responsible for the lack of supply chain resiliency we’re experiencing right now as well as the hollowing out of US manufacturing workers.  Automation is not the culprit and never will be.  The real culprit is bureaucratic complacency (and complicity) influenced by the invisible hand of central banks.  Neither of which is the fault of the American Company or the American Worker.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Coronavirus Global Supply Chain US Manufacturing
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Now is the Time to Take it Back

By Mike Kinder on Mar 11, 2020 3:56:17 PM

Supply Chain Resilience amidst the Coronavirus

Now is the time for US manufacturers to take back what’s been given away.  The current Coronavirus related global supply chain disruptions are exposing what we all already knew: we have drastically over-rotated on Chinese buy and left our supply chains vulnerable and unstable.  Every company I have spoken to in the last month is feeling the impact and currently scrambling to rebalance their spend – this is the time to reclaim volume and US manufacturers must rise to the occasion.  Put yourself out there and get that volume back.  Get aggressive and reassert yourself as the top supplier again.  You can do it.  A lot has changed in the last 20 years and now is the time to usher in that previously elusive US manufacturing renaissance. 

Topics: On-Demand Labor Next Generation Workforce Digital Manufacturing Marketplace for Labor Coronavirus Global Supply Chain US Manufacturing