Global supply chains are still a source of strength, not weakness
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Global supply chains are still a source of strength, not weakness

Resilience comes not from autarky but from diverse sources of supply For the best part of a week, the Suez canal was blocked by a 200,000-tonne metaphor. The Ever Given is not just one of the world’s biggest container ships, it is also the emblem of a backlash that accuses globalisation of going too far….

How Toyota thrives when the chips are down
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How Toyota thrives when the chips are down

(Reuters) – Toyota may have pioneered the just-in-time manufacturing strategy but when it comes to chips, its decision to stockpile what have become key components in cars goes back a decade to the Fukushima disaster. After the catastrophe severed Toyota’s supply chains on March 11, 2011, the world’s biggest automaker realised the lead-time for semiconductors…

One Way to Build More Resilient Medical Supply Chains in the U.S
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One Way to Build More Resilient Medical Supply Chains in the U.S

Summary.   When shortages of PPE and other medical supplies hit in the early months of the pandemic, tens of thousands of domestic producers — from individual to large companies in other industries — sprang into action and made a huge difference. They should not be forgotten after the pandemic is over. Health care organizations should factor them…

How great supply-chain organizations work
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How great supply-chain organizations work

When redesigning a supply-chain organization, it’s intuitive to look to successful companies’ design choices. But our research finds that other factors correlate better to bottom-line performance. How do decisions about the design of supply-chain organizations affect the overall performance of a business? We recently analyzed the supply-chain organizations of more than 50 companies in a…

Supercharged Supply Chain; Resiliency
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Supercharged Supply Chain; Resiliency

In this episode of Supercharged Supply Chain, Ron and Joseph will discuss the notion of “resiliency”.  How to build a robust enough supply chain so that any shocks can be recognized before they become a critical threat and, if the threats become a reality, how can a company best prepare to cope and avoid possible…

State of Readiness; Brian Strobel – VP of Corporate Quality at Sierra Nevada Corporation
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State of Readiness; Brian Strobel – VP of Corporate Quality at Sierra Nevada Corporation

Today I invite to State of Readiness, Brian Strobel who is the VP of Corporate Quality at Sierra Nevada Corporation (the aerospace company, not the beer guys) and author of the upcoming book, “Pursuing Excellence: A Values-Based, Systems Approach to Help Companies Become More Resilient” (2021), in addition to his previous book, “Leading Change from Within: A…