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Planning for a Supplier Shutdown: Here’s What Distributors Can Do

“History repeats itself, but in such cunning disguise that we never detect the resemblance until the damage is done.” — Sydney J. Harris With the...

Supply Chain Management Disruption: To Prepare, or Not Prepare?

Supply chain visibility is something all distributors need, but most don’t have. A crisis such as the big “C” word that we’re in now is a huge wake-up call in the supply chain management department. Harvard Business Review recently wrote about supply network mapping and the expensive, reactive and uncoordinated hoops companies are going through to secure supply.

Now More Than Ever: Supply Chain Analytics for Demand Forecasting

Traditional demand forecasting strategies no longer work because they look at demand where the purchase happens, NOT at the point of fulfillment.

How to Protect Service Levels in a Pandemic

Scared of losing service to your customers because of a supplier? Worse yet, because of a supplier during a pandemic? Supplier constraints even on...

COVID-19 is Also Spreading Decision Paralysis

Totally borrowing this brilliant cartoon from Marketoonist Tom Fishburne, who says that this period of uncertainty is the acid test of business agility. It's...

Distributors Hold the Key to Economic Recovery

Some excellent points in MDM's article last week -- the top one being that, "Distributors play the most important role in getting this country...

How to Free Up Cash for Your Coronavirus-Stricken Business

CORONAVIRUS = CASH PROBLEMS Coronavirus presents cash problems for businesses everywhere. This morning MDM shared that the CEO of BlueLinx, a large building products distributor,...

Managing Coronavirus: Forecasting Tips for Un-Forecastable Lead Times

Welcome to Part 4 of our series! If you've been reading, you know the cold, hard truth:  the decisions you make today, and how...

Managing Your Coronavirus-Stricken Business: 7 Logistics Impacts on Supply Chain

Coronavirus cases in China are declining. China is starting to get back online with warehouse capacity on manufactured goods. The whole world hopes to follow suit sooner rather than later. But now, the global supply chain faces an aftermath of logistics problems...

Managing Your Coronavirus-Stricken Business: Top Fears and Solutions

What’s the Plan, Stan? For most, the answer to that is “Who T.F. knows?!” Late last week, IBF posted that 44% of companies do not have...

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