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Are You Ready for Disruption and Disintermediation?

If technology has not yet completely disrupted the way you ideate, design, fund, source, make, and ship products, just wait a few minutes, because your entire value chain is ripe for change.
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Manufacturing Employment May Be Greater than Reported

Official estimates may be significantly underrepresenting the number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., according to a recently-released academic report. The report by Andrew Bernard and Teresa Fort of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business notes that, in q…
Popular Discussions Official estimates may be significantly underrepresenting the number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., according to a recently-released academic report. … https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-employment-may-be-greater-reported/

The Global View: Reshoring Means Jobs in Factory Automation and Supply Chain Management

The reshoring trend that appears to be gaining momentum is a natural response to the need to balance the global capacity for manufacturing based on total costs. Like any system, the global manufacturing ecosystem tends to seek a steady state. Changes in l…
Popular Blogs The reshoring trend that appears to be gaining momentum is a natural response to the need to balance the global capacity for manufacturing based on total costs. Li… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-reshoring-means-jobs-factory-automation-and-supp/

Supply Chain Risk: After the Aftershocks

Nearly a year after a devastating 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami rocked Japan, scientists are tracking a massive, ocean-borne debris field that continues to migrate eastward. Scientists say the field—2,000 miles long, 1,000 miles wide, and consistin…
Nearly a year after a devastating 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami rocked Japan, scientists are tracking a massive, ocean-borne debris field that continues to migrate eastward… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/supply-chain-risk-after-aftershocks/

Supply Chain Security: Is More Government Attention Required?

As part of his suddenly increasing focus on manufacturing, President Obama this week instructed the US Departments of State and Homeland Security to take a closer look at supply chain risk and security. The President asked those two agencies to develop a …
As part of his suddenly increasing focus on manufacturing, President Obama this week instructed the US Departments of State and Homeland Security to take a closer look at supply c… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/supply-chain-security-more-government-attention-required/

Supplier Responsibility: Apple Opens its Books

Responding to widespread criticism that it has failed to pressure its suppliers to fix working condition problems, Apple this week for the first time published an extensive report that identifies most of its global suppliers and details its audit practice…
Responding to widespread criticism that it has failed to pressure its suppliers to fix working condition problems, Apple this week for the first time published an extensive report… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/supplier-responsibility-apple-opens-its-books/

Supplier Performance: What's the Best Way to Monitor It?

Perhaps taking stock of lessons learned from its 787 Dream-liner problems of recent years, Boeing is reportedly intensifying its efforts to monitor supplier performance. The aerospace OEM giant has added 200 engineers and supply chain specialists over the…
Perhaps taking stock of lessons learned from its 787 Dreamliner problems of recent years, Boeing is reportedly intensifying its efforts to monitor supplier performance. The aerosp… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/supplier-performance-whats-best-way-monitor-it/

Sustainability: Monitoring the Supply Chain

Today, most manufacturers attempting to monitor and shape the sustainability performance of their suppliers don't base their evaluations on specific KPIs or hard improvement targets.
Today, most manufacturers attempting to monitor and shape the sustainability performance of their suppliers don't base their evaluations on specific KPIs or hard improvement targe… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/sustainability-monitoring-supply-chain/

Corruption Contributes to Rising Costs in Developing Countries

Rising worker wages and transportation costs continue to drive up the price of doing business in China and other developing countries. But there's another often overlooked contributor to rising costs in developing countries: corruption. Manufacturers doin…
Rising worker wages and transportation costs continue to drive up the price of doing business in China and other developing countries. But there's another often overlooked contrib… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/corruption-contributes-rising-costs-developing-countries/

Data Sharing: It’s All About Trust

It’s a basic tenet of faith in supply chain circles that data can substitute for inventory, and that the best way to improve supply chain velocity, efficiency, and performance is by sharing data throughout the supply chain. As an example, providing suppli…
It’s a basic tenet of faith in supply chain circles that data can substitute for inventory, and that the best way to improve supply chain velocity, efficiency, and performan… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/data-sharing-its-all-about-trust/

The Global View: Supply Chain Risk: Of Floods, Earthquakes, and False Hope

I am lucky to live in a very beautiful part of the country. There is a very nice harbor and a marina, both of which are protected from the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ana River by a levee built by the Army Corps of Engineers.
I am lucky to live in a very beautiful part of the country. There is a very nice harbor and a marina, both of which are protected from the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ana River by… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-supply-chain-risk-floods-earthquakes-and-false-hope1/

The Global View: Supply Chain Risk: Of Floods, Earthquakes, and False Hope

I am lucky to live in a very beautiful part of the country. There is a very nice harbor and a marina, both of which are protected from the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ana River by a levee built by the Army Corps of Engineers.
I am lucky to live in a very beautiful part of the country. There is a very nice harbor and a marina, both of which are protected from the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ana River by… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-supply-chain-risk-floods-earthquakes-and-false-hope/

‘Big Data’ as a Strategic Resource

A recent article published by McKinsey and Co. (www.mckinseyquarterly.com) explores the emerging use of what it calls “Big Data” as a strategic resource for enhanced competitiveness. The article cites a retailer using point-of-sale data plus tight links w…
A recent article published by McKinsey and Co. (www.mckinseyquarterly.com) explores the emerging use of what it calls “Big Data” as a strategic resource for enhanced c… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/big-data-strategic-resource/

People Make the Difference: Optimize Your Workforce

Manufacturers are increasingly recognizing the enormous impact that their people can have on efficiency and growth, and are launching initiatives to optimize their workforce. By Pierfrancesco Manenti
Manufacturers are increasingly recognizing the enormous impact that their people can have on efficiency and growth, and are launching initiatives to optimize their workforce. B… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/people-make-difference-optimize-your-workforce/

Conflict Minerals Regulations: Manufacturers Lagging on Compliance

Although the US Congress passed legislation over a year ago requiring it, few manufacturers have put in place policies regarding their use of so-called conflict minerals, and even fewer are able to determine the source of potential conflict minerals, acco…
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Talent Development Strategies: Consider the Fear Factor

As they anticipate a wave of baby boomer retirements and cope with rapidly changing global markets, many manufacturing and supply chain organizations are beginning to take more structured approaches to employee talent development.
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Are Made in America claims always honest and true?

Read more with this great Q & A with Julie Reiser of Made in USA Certified.
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Can Manufacturers Afford to Be Customer-Driven?

In this era of prolonged slow growth--or rapidly repeated recessions--can manufacturers afford to continue focusing exclusively or even primarily on customer demand signals when managing complex global supply networks? According to several participants in…
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Do Pharma Firms Need Better Supply Chain Analytics?

The global pharma business is sitting on an estimated $50 billion worth of excess inventory, according to studies by management consultants Accenture. As cheaper generic drugs become more readily available, that burden could cause a significant impact on …
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How Far Should You Go to Keep Suppliers Alive and Healthy?

When manufacturers go through a major disruption--a business model shift or a halt in production, for example--how should they think about sustaining and supporting key supply partners?
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