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Manufacturing Leadership Council Announces 2013/2014 'Critical Issues' Agenda: New Focus on Cybersecurity and Advocacy

The Manufacturing Leadership Council and its Board of Governors have established a new Critical Issues Agenda for the manufacturing industry for 2013/2014. The new Critical Issues agenda anticipates and identifies the most important issues facing the manu…
The Manufacturing Leadership Council and its Board of Governors have established a new Critical Issues Agenda for the manufacturing industry for 2013/2014. The new Critical Issues… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-leadership-council-announces-20133014-critical-issues-agenda-new-focus-cybersecurity-and-advocacy/

Addressing the Impact of Product Complexity on the Manufacturer

Growth for most companies means more products – with profit driving more growth. As the growth continues, companies struggle to maintain profit margin. As a recent article on Manufacturing-Executive.com pointed out, product proliferation is one of the sin…
Growth for most companies means more products – with profit driving more growth. As the growth continues, companies struggle to maintain profit margin. As a recent article o… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/discussion/addressing-impact-product-complexity-manufacturer/

Reshoring Manufacturing: A Reality Check

How many manufacturers plan to reshore to the U.S.? Would you believe just 14%?
How many manufacturers plan to reshore to the U.S.? Would you believe just 14%? That’s the number a new study by MIT places on something we’ve been talking about a … http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/reshoring-manufacturing-reality-check/

New Dates: Adaptive Leadership Program

Due to timing conflicts that many of our members had with the originally scheduled June 11 Adaptive Leadership Program Cohort Event which starts the 5-month program, we are conducting in partnership with Cambridge Leadership Associates, the new date for t…
Council Members: Due to timing conflicts that many of our members had with the originally scheduled June 11 Adaptive Leadership Program Cohort Event which starts the 5-month pr… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/discussion/new-dates-adaptive-leadership-program/

48 hours to chain speed increase

Here’s the situation for 4 out of 5 manufacturing companies that have hired my company to deliver managerial training so far: they bring in a number of temporary foreign workers from a given country and settle the basic logistics issues so they have a pla…
Marie Gervais - www.global-leadership.ca Here’s the situation for 4 out of 5 manufacturing companies that have hired my company to deliver managerial training so far: the… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/48-hours-chain-speed-increase/

Adapting to what?

In discussions about adaptive organizations, it seems that the first question to ask is, "Adapting to what?" Followed closely by, "How do we know?"
In discussions about adaptive organizations, it seems that the first question to ask is, "Adapting to what?" Followed closely by, "How do we know?" The easy and facile answer i… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/discussion/adapting-what/

Four IT Forces That Will Change The Way Manufacturers Work

Can a powerful combination of mobility, cloud computing, data analytics, and social business technologies create more collaborative, responsive, and adaptable manufacturing companies?
Can a powerful combination of mobility, cloud computing, data analytics, and social business technologies create more collaborative, responsive, and adaptable manufacturing compan… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/four-it-forces-will-change-way-manufacturers-work/

The Global View: Book Early at the Hotel Biotech

As I talk with manufacturers about attractive markets for the future, I am hearing two distinct themes: medical devices and biotechnology. For example, friends in aerospace and defense will mention medical devices and/or biotechnology as a future directio…
As I talk with manufacturers about attractive markets for the future, I am hearing two distinct themes: medical devices and biotechnology. For example, friends in aerospace and de… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-book-early-hotel-biotech/

The Global View: Branding in the Age of Virtual Communities

My son is in the market for a type of scooter he can use to do tricks on skateboard ramps. Although he had an interest in scooters from manufacturers such as Fuzion and Razor, I found it interesting that he confused the manufacturer's brands with the bran…
My son is in the market for a type of scooter he can use to do tricks on skateboard ramps. Although he had an interest in scooters from manufacturers such as Fuzion and Razor, I f… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-branding-age-virtual-communities/

Innovation at the Core

For several years now, I’ve noticed a disconnect of sorts between manufacturers and the companies that provide the ERP and other software suites on which most businesses run. Increasingly, the software vendors like to talk about the innovations they are b…
For several years now, I’ve noticed a disconnect of sorts between manufacturers and the companies that provide the ERP and other software suites on which most businesses run… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/innovation-core/

Customer Service: Take a Lesson From Best Buy

As companies strive to reduce costs, streamline the supply chain, increase efficiency, lower inventory, and undertake other improvement efforts, it is important that they keep a keen eye on customer service. Several high-profile retailers and e-tailers ha…
As companies strive to reduce costs, streamline the supply chain, increase efficiency, lower inventory, and undertake other improvement efforts, it is important that they keep a k… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/customer-service-take-lesson-best-buy/

Manufacturing Leadership: Will Adaptability Rule the Future?

Are today’s manufacturing leaders as adaptable as their factories and supply chains? Not yet, perhaps. But they need to be.
Are today’s manufacturing leaders as adaptable as their factories and supply chains? Not yet, perhaps. But they need to be. Many of the world’s leading manufacturer… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-leadership-will-adaptability-rule-future/

What’s Driving Your Manufacturing Investment Plans for 2012?

Will global economic fears stop your company investing in new manufacturing technologies and tools next year? Or is now an ideal time to refresh your production base to make the most of market growth opportunities in 2012? 2011 was certain a strong year …
Will global economic fears stop your company investing in new manufacturing technologies and tools next year? Or is now an ideal time to refresh your production base to make the m… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/discussion/whats-driving-your-manufacturing-investment-plans-2012/

Decoupling Supply and Demand

A pure build-to-stock production model means that the customer expects immediate shipment from inventory when the order is received and processed. Make-to-order is when the customer is willing to wait through the full manufacturing cycle before the produc…
A pure build-to-stock production model means that the customer expects immediate shipment from inventory when the order is received and processed. Make-to-order is when the custom… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/decoupling-supply-and-demand/

Cutting Inventory? Know the Consequences

Efforts to cut costs in these financially trying times, coupled with Lean initiatives that strive to remove waste from the supply chain, have resulted in many manufacturers reducing inventory to the point where they may be more vulnerable to supply disrup…
Efforts to cut costs in these financially trying times, coupled with Lean initiatives that strive to remove waste from the supply chain, have resulted in many manufacturers reduci… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/cutting-inventory-know-consequences/

Should You Merge Supply Chain, Manufacturing Organizations?

Printer manufacturer Lexmark International is changing it's business model from being a high-volume, consumer-focused provider to a provider that serves business customers. That (means, says Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations Linda Hollembae…
Printer manufacturer Lexmark International is changing it's business model from being a high-volume, consumer-focused provider to a provider that serves business customers. T… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/discussion/should-you-merge-supply-chain-manufacturing-organizations/

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… http://wiki.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-executive-announces-critical-industry-issues/

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