Disaster Strikes!!! Is Your Supply Chain Ready To Recover?

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Hurricanes!  Earthquakes!  Terrorist Attacks!  Train Derailments!  Cyber Attacks!

You see it in the news every minute of every hour of every day.  Either some natural disaster or some man made despicable act has occurred somewhere on the planet.  The result is death, destruction and disruption.

Everyone is trying to pick up the pieces.  They are trying to figure out what has happened, how to come to grips with the catastrophic results,  and how to get things going again.

Depending on what the disaster is people can be struggling to know where they can get the basics such as food, water and shelter.

This is where the Supply Chain must kick in to gear!

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Brand Protection – The Definitive Role of the Supply Chain!

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In this age of social media it is amazing how powerful that “likes” and “dislikes” and comments are to any single Brand.  Marketing departments generally know this all too well and they spend a lot of time and money in promoting, protecting and preserving their Brands.

But the responsibility of managing and protecting your Brand lies not only with Marketing.  The Supply Chain has an absolutely central, and pivotal, role that impacts the Brand as much as any other function in your company.

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The Future of Energy for Manufacturing!

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Guest blog provided by Joe Hall, Director, Business Development at 360 Energy Inc.

 

Today manufacturers must continually look for waste reduction, process improvement and supply chain efficiency to meet competitive pressures and their customers’ cost reduction requirements. Programs such as Lean have become a popular means to develop a culture of simplification and constant improvement. Although Lean principles provide an excellent basis for managing energy costs, such costs are often left out of an efficiency drive… Why is that?

  • Energy costs are not well understood
  • Because they are not understood, they are deemed to be uncontrollable
  • As an “uncontrollable” cost, energy is not well managed.

Energy costs can be controlled when organizations develop measurable and progressive management processes that are embraced & led by senior management and embedded into the business culture. North American manufacturers who have followed this course have seen significant and sustainable results often with reductions of 25% which in turn helps to maintain and enhance their immediate market position. Getting to this stage requires the continual process of incorporating and managing energy both in the organization’s strategic plan and its day to day operation. To change how energy is perceived and administered by the whole team, it must be viewed holistically and not in silos. Energy usage profiles and drivers must be considered in concert with the different energy pricing options to arrange the supply over time. It cannot be left in the hands of a single person or one discipline to effect change single handed.

What role will energy play in the long-term strategy for manufacturers?

As a manufacturer, energy will impact your long-term development on a number of fronts.

Today, manufacturers located in multiple geographies are faced with complex energy sourcing options affected by various procurement and billing requirements and the ever changing local/state/federal legislation. However, the future doesn’t look any less complex as decisions on existing and new manufacturing infrastructure are impacted by a multitude of generation options in addition to traditional utilities. The cost of renewable energy continues to fall and it now competes with fossil fuels; 2015 represented an inflection point where new capital investments in wind & solar replaced 54% of traditional fossil fuel generation investments.  As battery storage prices continue to fall, the reliability and on-demand availability of renewable energy grows. The traditional grid from the utility is increasingly only one of several options- manufacturers can choose: 1) self generation, 2) non-Utility Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), and 3) Virtual PPAs from net energy providers connected to the grid. While optimizing energy sources can result in cost avoidance, optimizing energy can also provide new sources of revenue to the organization as they become net energy providers to the grid themselves.

Energy is also at the centre of significant change in traditional markets like fossil fuels and automotive. The electrification of the transportation market will require today’s industry leaders in those sectors to adapt in order to survive & lead. While not all manufacturers are in the automotive and fossil fuel sectors, their markets too will be impacted by their source of energy and its ultimate deployment in their future products for competitive differentiation. This transformation will cause tremendous pressure for most manufacturing operations to become much more progressive in energy so they can stay ahead of the curve. Organizations and their manufacturing operations will increasingly need to be more knowledgeable about energy to meet the challenge of changing products based on new technology, new competitors emerging from non-traditional sectors, and changing consumer needs.

As society contends with climate change, manufacturing will be at the forefront of their organization’s social and environmental initiatives, fostering innovation, and providing greener choices for their customers. Manufacturing will be tasked with transitioning operations to reduce their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) footprint, while maintaining quality & output metrics and competing in a world of ongoing cost containment. The future leaders of manufacturing operations will include energy as a core discipline in their personal base of knowledge.

Simply put, organizations that prepare for and take advantage of the opportunities that energy presents will be in the best position to compete, grow, and profit in future markets.

 

360 Energy Inc. is a North American energy consultant working with leading manufacturing, public, commercial and agricultural organizations to develop sustainable strategies for energy in their futures. For more information, please refer to our website at www.360energy.net or contact Joe Hall directly: joe.hall@360energy.net  905 304-6001, ext. 228. 

 

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Inspirational Supply Chain Quotes

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“If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.”  ~ Henry Ford, founder Ford Motor Company

 

“Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.” ~ W. Edwards Deming

 

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“All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS)

 

“If you don’t have standardized processes how are you going to provide a consistent way to automate them?” ~SupplyChainToday.com

 

“Good is the enemy of great. That’s why so few things become great.”  ~ James C. Collins

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“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.”  ~ Seth Godin

 

“Our goal is to build the Internet of People (IoP) to find the person who has the answer you are looking for.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.

 

“It is impossible to improve any process until it is standardized. If the process is shifting from here to there, then any improvement will just be one more variation that is occasionally used and mostly ignored. One must standardize, and thus stabilize the process, before continuous improvement can be made.”  ~ Masaaki Imai

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“Every breakthrough business idea begins with solving a common problem. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. I discovered a big one when I took apart an IBM PC. I made two interesting discoveries: The components were all manufactured by other companies, and the system that retailed for $3,000 cost about $600 in parts.”  ~ Michael Dell

 

“Two basic rules of life are: 1) Change is inevitable. 2) Everybody resists change.”  ~ W. Edwards Deming

 

“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”  ~ John F. Kennedy

 

“Residential drone delivery is being tested by a variety of companies.  From delivering packages to delivering pizza, drone delivery is in the near future.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.

 

“What gets measured gets improved.”  ~ Peter Drucker, considered the father of Modern Management

 

“Deep Learning will change the lives of all of us.  What is Deep Learning?  It’s behind what makes self-driving cars a reality.”  ~Dave Waters

 

“Put a good person in a bad system and the bad system wins, no contest.”  ~ W. Edwards Deming

 

“Why not make the work easier and more interesting so that people do not have to sweat?  The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people’s creativity.  People don’t go to Toyota to ‘work’ they go there to ‘think’”   ~Taiichi Ohno

 

“An hour saved at the non-bottleneck is a mirage.”   ~ Eliyahu M. Goldratt, The Goal

 

“The Internet of Things (IoT) will change the supply chain.  Research IoT before you get left behind.” ~SupplyChainToday.com. 

 

“To fight, we must have oil for our machine.”   ~ Adolph Hitler

 

“In God we trust; all others bring data.”  ~ W. Edwards Deming

 

“At Wal-Mart, it goes back to Sam Walton and the foundation and business model that we simply operate for less, or everyday low cost. We’re known for operating in a very efficient way and then giving those savings to customers.”  ~ Mike Duke, former CEO Walmart

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“A relentless barrage of “why’s” is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo.  Use it often.”  ~ Shigeo Shingo

 

“You must never try to make all the money that’s in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won’t have many deals.”   ~ J. Paul Getty

 

“Many of our best opportunities were created out of necessity. “ ~ Sam Waton, founder of Walmart

 

“If your supply chain runs without many problems you either have a great supply chain or running very fat.”  ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com

 

“A relentless barrage of “why’s” is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo.  Use it often.”  ~ Shigeo Shingo

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“During the last war, eighty percent of our problems were of a logistical nature.”  ~ Field Marshall Montgomery

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“Gentlemen, the officer who doesn’t know his communications and supply as well as his tactics is totally useless.”  ~ General George S. Patton

 

“Supply chains are everywhere.  From the biggest company in the world to running your househould.  We all have supply chain experience even if we don’t know it.”  ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com

 

“Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno

 

“I say an hour lost at a bottleneck is an hour out of the entire system. I say an hour saved at a non-bottleneck is worthless. Bottlenecks govern both throughput and inventory.”   ~ Eliyahu M. Goldratt, The Goal

 

“Quality is free. It’s not a gift, but it’s free. The ‘unquality’ things are what cost money.”  ~ Phil Crosby

 

“All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno

 

“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics…”   ~ Sun Tzu

 

“Supply Chain is like nature, it is all around us.” ~ Dave Waters

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“When you are out observing on the gemba, do something to help them. If you do, people will come to expect that you can help them and will look forward to seeing you again on the gemba.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno

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“If you don’t have an essential item that puts people into chaos.  What happens if the coffee runs out in the morning?  Simple but you get the picture.”  ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com

 

“The key to the Toyota Way and what makes Toyota stand out is not any of the individual elements…But what is important is having all the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner, not in spurts.” ~ Taiichi Ohno

 

“If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow.”  ~ Phil Crosby

 

“Your dream is out there waiting for you.  You just have to go out and get it.” ~Dave Waters

 

“The digital supply chain has the potential to completely change supply chain. However, do your due diligence before rushing in.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

 

“For much of Toyota’s history, we have ensured the quality and reliability of our vehicles by placing a device called an andon cord on every production line – and empowering any team member to halt production if there’s an assembly problem. Only when the problem is resolved does the line begin to move again.”  ~ Akio Toyoda, CEO Toyota Motor Company

 

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The Target Canada Story and the Brand Impact of the Supply Chain!

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The responsibility for protecting and promoting your product or company brand is often thought to be generally held by the Marketing Department.  But in reality the Supply Chain organization has an enormous role to play as the Supply Chain can positively or negatively impact your brand in many significant and different ways.

One of the most pronounced examples of the role of the Supply Chain in serving and protecting your brand is found in the story of Target Canada.  Faced with unprecedented plans for expansion in Canada Target had to close its entire operation only two years after beginning operations.

The performance of the Supply Chain was a central element leading to this massive failure and damage to the Target brand.

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Global Process Excellence (Part 3) … Streamline your Entire DC at One Time!

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How many times have you looked at your operation and thought about how you would re-layout and streamline the process flow if you had the chance?

When you are starting with a new, empty facility it is clearly much easier to layout the operations to make the best possible flow of materials and processes.  But when you have an existing operation which has evolved over a long period of time, you are likely faced with utilities, equipment, infrastructure, walls, and paradigms all of which have resulted in a rather inefficient flow of materials and people and processes.

This was the situation we had in one of our Distribution Centres. In this particular Distribution Centre the current layout of the operation had been the result of many iterations of adding new customers, new products and new processes over time with the associated fluctuations in demand for everything.

Yet with the launch of our Global Process Excellence project we had unleashed our employees to make the improvements they had imagined could be made for a long time.

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