What Is the Right Supply Chain Model for New Products?

A lot has to get done when it comes to launching a new product.  Aside from marketing and selling, enterprise executives need to know how much to make, how much to stock, and how they’ll spread that stock.  If the new product is replacing an older one, the enterprise would need to figure out whatContinue reading “What Is the Right Supply Chain Model for New Products?”

We Need Better Monitoring Systems

Most executives like performance measures.  Otherwise known as metrics, key performance indicators (KPI’s), analytics, or scorecards, enterprises embrace performance measures as a means to assess how their businesses are doing. The point of a performance measure is to check how an individual or team is doing against a target that is set by superiors.  (NoContinue reading “We Need Better Monitoring Systems”

Bad Things Happen to Everyone

Asian airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, and ANA are known for their excellence in customer service.  A lot of people love flying with these airlines.  But thanks to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, these same airlines are experiencing their worst business slump in recent memory.  No one wants to fly these airlines not becauseContinue reading “Bad Things Happen to Everyone”

A Letter to All Industrial Engineers: Time to Rise Up

Dear Industrial Engineer:           I come to you as a fellow Industrial Engineer (IE) with a message.           It’s time for us to rise up.           For years, or should I say decades, Industrial Engineering (IE) has been an un-recognized engineering discipline.            Many engineers—e.g. civil, mechanical, chemical, electrical—look at us as fakes.            IndustrialContinue reading “A Letter to All Industrial Engineers: Time to Rise Up”

The World Needs Supply Chain Engineers

Not leaders.  Not managers.  Not business executives.  We have plenty of leaders, both real and wannabes.  Managers and executives too; we have enough.  We need supply chain engineers.  The global supply chain is a present-day 21st-century reality.  We get much of our goods from all over the world.  We buy shoes from Europe to sellContinue reading “The World Needs Supply Chain Engineers”

Where are the Supply Chain Experts?

Supply chain managers are noticeably invisible amid the COVID-19 crisis. There have been no supply chain executives standing beside national leaders as they made speeches and announcements. There have been rarely any interviews with supply chain experts about how to deal with shortages of food and difficulties in transportation.  If there were, much of whateverContinue reading “Where are the Supply Chain Experts?”

We Need a Playbook and It’s the Last Thing We Need

Many enterprises and countries around the world have playbooks to deal with pandemics such as COVID-19.  These range from ISO standards and those based on the United States’ Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Center of Disease Control & Prevention, and even the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USARMIID).    But asContinue reading “We Need a Playbook and It’s the Last Thing We Need”

Why Weren’t We Ready for COVID-19 and How Should We Have Been?

The COVID-19 disease is the latest adversity to hit our world and it’s the worst yet.  It also should be the last in how we deal with adversity because how we’ve been dealing with adversity has just been outright awful.    COVID-19 started late December 2019 in China and had spread around the world threeContinue reading “Why Weren’t We Ready for COVID-19 and How Should We Have Been?”

How to Avoid the Aggravation of Un-Available Items

If there’s one thing that ruins the productivity of your day, it’s when a needed item isn’t available.  A wonderfully designed business may have skilled workers, state-of-the-art machinery, and a talented management team.  But the business yields nothing if the needed items to run it aren’t there.   Managers deal with challenges such as absent workers,Continue reading “How to Avoid the Aggravation of Un-Available Items”