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According to Forbes, COVID-19 accelerated e-commerce growth by 4-6 years. Smart players are taking advantage of the opportunity. Only Amazon takes in more money than Shopify’s websites, and analysts are predicting a 75% annual rise in the next five years. The ONLY item in common across all clients and colleagues across the board is the rise in e-commerce during COVID-19. In fact, it has been the only bright spot in many cases. As a result, there…
CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – July 31, 2020 –  Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expert,  Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD, president of LMA Consulting Group Inc., recommends that manufacturers and distributors increase the focus on stabilizing supply chains. LMA Consulting Group works with manufacturers and distributors on strategy and end-to-end supply chain transformation to maximize the customer experience and enable profitable, scalable, dramatic business growth. “During the last six months, manufacturers and distributors have experienced unprecedented volatility of…
The most recent webinar in our APICS Inland Empire webinar series featured Frank Moullet from Shamrock Foods talking about distribution, food service and how they’ve navigated through COVID-19. We had an engaging discussion on how they made a sharp right turn pivot early on and why people remain critical to success.           The world is changing rapidly. E-commerce is rising rapidly as consumers gain comfort ordering for home delivery instead of…
As my long-term newsletter subscribers know, I enjoy traveling. Of course, during lockdown, I haven’t even gone to visit my Mom in Arizona since you never know what unintended germs you might bring along for the ride. So, I thought I’d go back to my favorite recent (within the last few years) travel destination. What do you think about Taormina, Sicily?     What’s not to like? The smell of citrus trees, cobblestone streets, beautiful…
During this crisis, what we do and how we handle our employees will make our future success. I’ve heard stories of small businesses that closed and didn’t even communicate to their employees.  Conversely, I’ve heard about companies taking great care of their employees. Which will turn into long-term success? Who Should We Retain? If there ever was a time to make sure you keep your best and most valuable employees, it is NOW. Make sure…
  As supply chain has gained in prominence in the media with the increase in tariffs and the many challenges associated with coronavirus, reshoring has become of keen interest. Surveys are showing it is more than just a passing interest with executives. Instead, it is in motion! Listen to my video on this hot topic. What’s Happening Video Series Supply Chain: Reshoring  In addition, the USMCA went into effect as of 7/1. Here are…
How Do ERP Systems Work? I am excited to be featured in SelectHub’s extremely popular and recently updated article, “How Do ERP Systems Work?“. It provides a good foundation into the world of ERP and what you’d do with an ERP system. Although most clients have an ERP system of some type, by NO means do they understand how ERP systems work and the true value of an ERP system. Perhaps we should spend more…
After receiving a call from a CBS affiliate asking about what’s going on in the food industry, we thought it would make for an interesting deep dive. In addition, we have been working with companies from farm to table and from machinery equipment to logistics/food service distribution and grocery.  The coronavirus impacts have been vastly different. Whether you are related to food and beverage or not, you undoubtedly have some sort of connection or impact…
After receiving questions from multiple people about “What’s going on in Asia?”, we dug into what’s going on around the world (at a high level). In today’s globally-connected world, it isn’t a question you can ignore! Starting with Asia, from a supply chain point-of-view, product continues to move. All three China ports are open and the volume has picked up. China’s capability was back up to at least 80% of the pre-coronavirus levels. However, once…
Do You See People as Assets or Costs? Your people know what you really think. Do you value them? Even though there has been a sharp spike in unemployment, good talent isn’t easy to keep! Multiple clients have lost talent to better opportunities since COVID-19 started. People are on the move. Are You Attractive to Potential Employees? Top talent will not sit idle. A colleague and former client who is an excellent find for any…