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The shortage of skilled workers, coupled with more people leaving the workforce through retirement, is creating an imbalance that is especially noticeable in supply chain management. One global study estimates that demand for supply chain professionals exceeds supply by six to one, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of jobs in logistics will grow by 26 percent between 2010 and 2020. If this deficit continues, the performance of supply chains will deteriorate — especially as they grow in geographical span and complexity.......Read More
Over the course of my career, I spent nearly 50 years in supply chain management. Each time I started a job, I found it challenging to determine what my new company expected of me as a manager. In the 1960s, when there were no computers, manufacturing managers typically rejected the implementation of procedures and disciplines and valued only expediting. By the 1970s, managers had accepted computers, but only for simple accounting functions. Computers were not trusted, so expediting remained the primary objective.......Read More
Ford recently told suppliers of plans to move production of midsize Mondeo and Fusion sedans out of Spain and Mexico, Reuters reports. The company plans to shift the production to China by 2020.......Read More
People often talk about motivation and engagement as if they are the same thing, but they really are not.......Read More
I once consulted with a company in Australia that owned trains and wagons used in the mining industry. During my time there, an employee was transferred to the team with which I was working most closely. On the day of his reassignment, the CEO warned me that this person was overpaid and didn’t really do anything of value for the company: “We’ve given him lots of chances, and this is his last one. If he doesn’t start pulling his weight soon, just cut him loose. The organization leadership is prepared to fire him.”......Read More
Better employee engagement and empowerment remain a mirage for many organizations. Most executives are committed intellectually to these goals; however, on a day-to-day basis, these professionals tend to push cultural niceties further down the list of immediate priorities. Plus, too often businesses ripple through cycles of engagement and empowerment that turn out to be unsustainable.......Read More
Appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation believes in a people-excellence strategy that focuses on three key areas: extraordinary performance, great people and a winning culture. In 2014, leaders of the Whirlpool Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) organization realized that a technical competency learning gap existed among their employees. ......Read More
This department focuses on the future of supply chain and APICS’s use of futurecasting to develop an ongoing strategic framework, called The Rise. By studying these factors, industry professionals begin to see where the workforce intersects with supply chain’s future. Unquestionably, meeting the needs of both the young and the elderly as well as women—as both professionals and consumers—will be crucial.......Read More
Plexus Corp. provides electronics design, manufacturing, and aftermarket services to companies with mid-to-low-volume, high-complexity products. The solutions offered integrate product conceptualization, design, commercialization, manufacturing, and fulfillment services. Plexus customers include 140 companies in the networking, communications, health care, life sciences, industrial, commercial, and aerospace and defense market sectors.......Read More
Gaining a master’s degree in supply chain management is a great achievement for practitioners and the industry, but how can we encourage students at the high school level to take an interest in the profession and scale its educational heights? A message that I have found to be effective is that supply chain management offers a rare opportunity to make a difference in the corporate world because, unlike most other disciplines, it creates competitive advantage that enables companies to succeed.......Read More
One initiative that has proven to be especially rewarding for both parties is collaboration on graduate program theses or capstone research projects. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network, the typical research project process starts with finding prospective sponsor companies. Each center has an outreach program that companies can join to interact with faculty, exchange ideas, engage in research, and attend special events.......Read More
Years of consulting have taught me that the most perilous time for a small company is when it has grown to a point where it can no longer be managed informally. The founder of the business realizes that it is impossible to keep up with everything without some kind of help but has qualms about suddenly having to share decision-making responsibility.......Read More
Employee empowerment is one of those phrases that tends to make people groan, but it is absolutely not just another bit of business lingo. Empowerment is a key concept to both reducing effort and increasing engagement. After all, when people feel empowered, they are in charge of optimizing their own work processes and connecting with and contributing to business objectives.......Read More
Many industry professionals worry that countless potential supply chain workers have fallen between the employment cracks. This often is a result of the technical advances that lead to new and better products and services yet also cause sudden changes that require people to learn new skills in order to stay gainfully employed. How can supply chain management leaders effectively reach potential employees who have been affected by such innovations?......Read More
At the end of fall semester, one of the last assignments I gave my students at California State University, Fullerton, was an analysis of Boeing’s 787 product launch. Together, we had watched videos about the 737’s just-in-time initiative and the implementation of a moving production line for the 777. Everyone, myself included, has been impressed with these successes. They took incredible amounts of planning, coordination, and cooperation among Boeing’s various departments. So why did such a competent organization encounter years of delays as a result of electrical and software issues, engine failures, fuel leaks, windshield and wing cracks, employee strikes, and a string of other problems with its 787?......Read More
In supply chain, employees are the fuel that powers the business engine. They are the true innovators and the keys to creating positive influences on both the corporate environment and the business overall. It is therefore critical that employers seek the right mix of people to fill the various company roles and keep productivity moving forward. So, when there is an open position, how does a hiring manager identify the best person for the role and the business?......Read More
Do you long for the good old days when you could employ more workers? Do you wish to go back to a time when people could spend their days on assembly lines and earn enough money to provide for their families? It’s true that many manufacturing jobs have become automated or even vanished altogether. Products are still getting made—just with significantly fewer workers.......Read More
The news about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 continues to sound rather grim. Within weeks of launch, the multinational company received reports of overheating and exploding batteries, which ultimately resulted in a recall of all of the 3 million smartphones that had been sold. Not long afterward, production was halted, and then Samsung scrapped the Galaxy Note 7 entirely. Current estimates say the cost of the recall, lost revenue, and drop in stock value will exceed $6 billion. One news outlet estimates it will hit as high as $17 billion.......Read More
Sometimes very successful managers grow to believe that they are invincible. Such was the case with the new general manager of food producer ABC Company. At ABC Company, products had to stay frozen until people were ready to consume them. But the business had a small freezer that could only hold a few hours' worth of production. The good news was that the firm enjoyed a long-standing relationship with XYZ Company, which would haul away food production every few hours and distribute it via a network of refrigerated trucks and warehouses. For many years, this resulted in mutual profitably.......Read More
Former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower once gave this great advice: Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. The same can be said for production schedules and production scheduling. No matter how they are derived, production schedules will almost never play out as planned. Nevertheless, scheduling is an essential tool for managing the flow of work and completing jobs on time. Production schedules provide visibility and direction to the plant floor, supporting resources, materials, and much more. Let’s take a brief look at the most common scheduling approaches.......Read More
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