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Supply Chain Investment and the Importance of Diversification

40 years ago, China attempted to perfect the "Third Way"; Keep authoritarian control while allowing a few to enjoy a "capital-ish" market. As China's less expensive labor & material costs became apparent, companies from all industries quickly migrated resources, and resourcing, to China to increase cost savings. With their entry into the WTO in Read Insight

2024-01-30T02:56:47-06:00January 30th, 2024|General News, Supply Chain Insights|

Cost Reduction Mining within the Direct-to-Consumer Element of Your Supply Chain

For those in the process of scaling up your Direct-to-Consumer via Shopify or otherwise, pick and fill rates usually rule the Key Performance Indicator boards. However, stepping back and performing a supply chain visualization of your processes may be an effective way to bolster your supply chain. The questions below will help evaluate those Read Insight

2024-01-09T05:00:23-06:00January 9th, 2024|General News, Supply Chain Insights|

Tracking Commodities and Currency and Supplier Price Negotiations

Strategic sourcing internationally carries heightened level of complexities and simpler tactics can get lost when performing a supply chain visualization. Tracking commodity pricing and currency fluctuations is a meaningful add in to your cost reduction strategies with the added benefit of letting your supplier know you're watching during supply chain negotiations. Pricing on commodities Read Insight

2023-12-19T07:22:56-06:00December 19th, 2023|General News, Supply Chain Insights|

Not Just Duty and Tariff Avoidance, but Elimination

Way back in 2018, tariffs and duty costs became top of mind for importers. Prior, those costs were relegated to afterthoughts and the "cost of doing business" when importing products, especially from China. Today, the magnitude of the increases in tariffs (the 301, or "Trump" Tariffs) created added focus with a variety of supply chain Read Insight

2023-12-13T01:57:39-06:00December 13th, 2023|General News, Supply Chain Insights|

“Just in Time” Means As Much Inventory as You Need

Operations professionals have been preaching the Toyota Production System (TPS) with its the elimination of waste in all formats. A famous (infamous?) element of TPS is the concept of Just-In-Time (JIT) inventory with factories and project managers praising the reduction in inventory seen through its practice. As a result, Just in Time inventory has Read Insight

2023-11-20T02:30:03-06:00November 21st, 2023|General News, Supply Chain Insights|

Explore The Amazon (FBA)

For those partners managing Direct to Consumer (DTC) yourselves, knee deep in FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon) or any intellectually curious supply chain professional (or executive)...basically, anyone....The team at Forsyth Advisors wanted to introduce a possibly rewarding, educational resource that might fit with a company's Team Building exercises.To say that Amazon is ubiquitous would be an Read Insight

2023-10-03T07:39:43-06:00October 3rd, 2023|General News, Supply Chain Insights|

Panama Canal reduces capacity. How could this affect your Supply Chain?

The mechanisms that transform your team’s ideas into products that are manufactured in factories around the world, shipped to your warehouses and customers isn’t called a supply CHAIN by accident. It all ties together... The Panama canal, which feeds shipping lanes from Asia to the East and Gulf Coasts, is fed from fresh water; Read Insight

2023-10-03T07:04:13-06:00October 3rd, 2023|General News, Supply Chain Insights|
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