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  • Manage Your Business Like You Are Going to Sell It

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Group50’s CEO, Jim Gitney, was recently asked by an executive about how he should manage the division he just took over as its president.  Jim told him “Manage it like you are going to sell it – maximize value creation”.   The executive gave a strange look and asked why that mattered. …Read More

    This entry was posted in Anti-Strategy, Exit Planning and Transition, M&A, Manufacturing and Distribution, Strategic Execution, on May 29, 2019
  • The Internet of Things – IoT : Making sense of Its Components

    Preparing for a Downturn

    The phrase “Internet of Things ( IoT )” or “Internet of Everything ( IoE )” and its application to manufacturing and distribution does not bring to mind a concrete set of images or business approach to most senior executives.  In fact, the opposite is true, …Read More

    This entry was posted in Blockchain IoT, Business Transformation, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Distribution, on May 17, 2019
  • Digital Supply Chain Technology …… Are you leveraging it to the fullest?

    Preparing for a Downturn

    “The world is a supply chain, every company has one and its backbone is technology.”

    We just finished supply chain optimization projects for two middle market CPG companies. In one of the projects, we created programs that will reduce inventory by $15M and annual operating costs by $2.5M (You can read the case study here). …Read More

    This entry was posted in Cost Takeout, Information Technology, Supply Chain Optimization, on May 10, 2019
  • Case Study in Sales, Inventory, Operations Planning (SIOP) Process Improvement

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Situation Analysis

    A $400M per year consumer products company was experiencing problems with their Sales, Inventory, Operations Planning ( SIOP or S&OP ) process. Lead times for product were excessive and the supply chain wasn’t responsive enough to serve the needs of its markets. Inventory had swelled 25% to over $70M. This was due to their business processes not being able to …Read More

    This entry was posted in Case Studies, Driving Continuous Improvement Series, Manufacturing and Distribution, Supply Chain Optimization, on May 6, 2019
  • Digital Technology as a Strategic Asset

    Preparing for a Downturn

    Companies today increasingly recognize Digital Technology and IT infrastructure as a strategic asset that provides companies with the ability to effectively compete in its’ marketplace – an observation underscored by the Nash KPMG 2017 CIO Survey finding that CIOs sit on 62% of executive boards as opposed to 38% in 2005.  While their relative importance varies slightly from year to year, the C-Suite charter for Digital Technology consistently features the following items: …Read More

    This entry was posted in Blockchain IoT, Business Transformation, Information Technology, Strategic Execution, Supply Chain Optimization, Total Cost of Ownership, on April 19, 2019
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