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Dialogue: Terry Smith -- Keeping Cool and Remaining Flexible

Midsize military supplier Lion Vallen Industries competes with the big boys by rejecting the status quo and making the right investments. Q. What excites you about your leadership role at Lion Vallen? A: What we do: The LVI mission is to ensure the miss…
Midsize military supplier Lion Vallen Industries competes with the big boys by rejecting the status quo and making the right investments. Q. What excites you about your leaders… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-terry-smith-keeping-cool-and-remaining-flexible/

Dialogue: Eric Fidoten -- Creating a High-Engagement Organization

Campbell Soup’s Eric Fidoten is helping to transform the company’s culture so that staff and supply chain partners can work together to build a more agile, responsive, and competitive business.
Campbell Soup’s Eric Fidoten is helping to transform the company’s culture so that staff and supply chain partners can work together to build a more agile, responsive, and competi… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-eric-fidoten-creating-high-engagement-organization/

Are Import Duties Driving Your Global Manufacturing Strategy?

Want to sell your products into fast-expanding markets like Brazil or India? It could cost you well over 40% of the product cost in import duties if you don’t manufacture in the country. Does that make you want to set up a factory there?
Want to sell your products into fast-expanding markets like Brazil or India? It could cost you well over 40% of the product cost in import duties if you don’t manufacture in… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-import-duties-driving-your-global-manufacturing-strategy/

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/

The Global View: Size Matters: The Challenge of Sourcing Smaller Projects in Asia

As a rule of thumb, large U.S. companies should deal with large companies in Asia, and small U.S. firms should deal with small firms in Asia. This rule also tends to apply to projects, especially sourcing projects.
As a rule of thumb, large U.S. companies should deal with large companies in Asia, and small U.S. firms should deal with small firms in Asia. This rule also tends to apply to proj… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-size-matters-challenge-sourcing-smaller-projects-asia/

The Global View: Don't Judge Me by My Dirt Floors

In the 1980s, on one of my first trips to Asia as an engineer, I was in Japan visiting some of the plants that make Seiko watch components. Part of my job was to help transfer precision watch manufacturing equipment and adapt it to new markets oriented to…
In the 1980s, on one of my first trips to Asia as an engineer, I was in Japan visiting some of the plants that make Seiko watch components. Part of my job was to help transfer pre… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-dont-judge-me-my-dirt-floors/

Standard Global Processes: How to Get Buy-In

As supply and production networks become more global and more complex, many manufacturers are seeking to promulgate standard processes and systems and to deploy them globally.
As supply and production networks become more global and more complex, many manufacturers are seeking to promulgate standard processes and systems and to deploy them globally. But… https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/standard-global-processes-how-get-buy/

‘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/

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…
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … https://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/can-manufacturers-afford-be-customer-driven/

Us Against the World

When an offshore manufacturer uses government subsidies or support to sell its products in the U.S. or another country at prices below what it charges in its home market, or in quantities that can’t be explained by normal market competition, it’s called d…
When an offshore manufacturer uses government subsidies or support to sell its products in the U.S. or another country at prices below what it charges in its home market, or in qu… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/us-against-world/

The Global View: My Strategy? Invest in American Manufacturing

Buy American manufacturing stocks. That, in a nutshell, is my plan for the current economic turmoil. I like making stuff, and making stuff takes time. So, I invest with a longer-term view. Here is my disclaimer: I am not an investment advisor or a lawyer,…
Buy American manufacturing stocks. That, in a nutshell, is my plan for the current economic turmoil. I like making stuff, and making stuff takes time. So, I invest with a longe… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-my-strategy-invest-american-manufacturing/

The Global View: Taking Responsibility for Quality -- People Can Get Hurt

In Asia, it is not uncommon for my company’s customers to share manufacturing plant capacity with other companies. One interesting outcome is that the same plant with the same equipment, management team, and employees can produce products of different qua…
In Asia, it is not uncommon for my company’s customers to share manufacturing plant capacity with other companies. One interesting outcome is that the same plant with the sa… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-taking-responsibility-quality-people-can-get-hurt/

Inventory and the Economy

As the world’s economies try to sort out their future direction, manufacturers are struggling with forecasts and operations plans, trying to figure out the best path to follow. If demand is faltering, inventories should be trimmed and production held stea…
As the world’s economies try to sort out their future direction, manufacturers are struggling with forecasts and operations plans, trying to figure out the best path to foll… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/inventory-and-economy/

Don’t Fear Chinese Manufacturing. Embrace It.

A lot of people “blame” China for the difficulties Western manufacturing is facing. The dramatic declines in the number of factories and factory jobs in the U.S. and other developed areas are matched by the increasing amount of production taking place in …
A lot of people “blame” China for the difficulties Western manufacturing is facing. The dramatic declines in the number of factories and factory jobs in the U.S. and o… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dont-fear-chinese-manufacturing-embrace-it/

The Global View: Voodoo and the Real Value of Software

I am a believer in technology. I think that, when used well, software and mechatronics can greatly improve productivity, improve quality, and reduce waste. I was extremely lucky to have my first job as a robotics engineer, where I truly was able to integr…
I am a believer in technology. I think that, when used well, software and mechatronics can greatly improve productivity, improve quality, and reduce waste. I was extremely luck… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-voodoo-and-real-value-software/

Manufacturing Executive Announces Critical Industry Issues Agenda for 2011–2012

Manufacturing Executive today announces its 2011/2012 Critical Issues Agenda for the global manufacturing industry. This year’s Agenda is focused around a single guiding principle: “Re-Inventing Manufacturing”.
New critical manufacturing issues for the year ahead "Re-Inventing Manufacturing" is overall theme Created by the global Manufacturing Executive Leadership Board and Council S… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-executive-announces-critical-industry-issues/

ERP Is Dead. Long Live the New ERP

Traditional ERP is no longer enough to support today’s global manufacturing businesses. What’s needed now is a new Operational ERP that better supports customer needs. By Pierfrancesco Manenti
Traditional ERP is no longer enough to support today’s global manufacturing businesses. What’s needed now is a new Operational ERP that better supports customer needs.… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/erp-dead-long-live-new-erp/

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