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Distribution on the Cusp of Metamorphosis

Author: Howard Coleman

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Distribution on the Cusp of Metamorphosis’ podcast series is an opportunity to introduce companies like your own to becoming more agile. This podcast is produced by MCA Associates.If you happen to be a regular reader “MCA Talk” monthly newsletter, then you already know that we cover a variety of distribution-management topics focused on continuous improvement of your entire value-stream. This new periodic podcast allows us to expand our coverage - mitigate the newsletter space limitations we often run into – and provide more depth and granular detail, and an easier and more relaxed way for you and your company to obtain relevant information
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In this fifth episode, Howard Coleman, Principal of MCA Associates, offers his perspective on the “supply chain disruption” that is being experienced by wholesale distributors and manufacturing companies (who just may be your suppliers)! There appear to be plenty of reasons to raise questions about the merits and drawbacks of global supply chains.Surely, there has been a lot of question-raising news coverage from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg News, Atlantic Monthly and many others; Questions raised about “Just-in-Time” and the overall “Lean Thinking” inventory philosophy. Even the general public is now paying close attention.Why? Because it seems that almost every stage of the international and domestic ‘assembly line’ has broken down in its own unique way.Definition of “Perfect Storm”: a critical or disastrous situation created by a powerful concurrence of factors.Is it a “perfect storm”? Is this really becoming the “everything shortage” as some have called it; causing disruptions of a diverse assortment of products and materials?Well, here I am - adding my own 2 cents. There is something in this podcast for everyone to consider, whether you be a manufacturer/supplier, wholesale distributor - or a parent who will need to explain this to your kids come the holiday season!As usual, there are also some additional free resources available that you can obtain to optimize this podcast’s take-away. So, listen on and we’ll tell you how to get it.Host:  Howard W. Coleman, Principal of MCA AssociatesTo contact podcast host; email hcoleman@mcaassociates.comor call 203-732-0603.Thanks to our great sponsors:6 River Systems – 6river.comMindHarbor – mindharbor.comThe Wholesaler Magazine – phcppros.comCost Analysts – LinkedIn.com/in/chuckmoyerUnified Payments Group: https://www.gounified.com/p21IntegratedDemo/
SHOW NOTES“Sustainable” is not just about being “green”…or sustainable supply chains.Ask most managers, ‘What is your key challenge?’ Among the many different responses, you’ll likely hear this with regular frequency: “staying relevant…staying afloat”. The fast-moving roller coaster economy we live in today makes this task increasingly difficult. Just as we handle one crisis, another looms around the corner. How can we sustain – and even thrive?Response? We are in a world of “long cycles” that need to be transformed to “short cycles”. We must consistently remake who we are, what we offer, and how we deliver our offerings to our marketplace. Put simply, we must proactively reinvent. It’s not some one-time project or mobilization – and we’re done!In this fourth episode, Howard Coleman, Principal of MCA Associates, offers the ‘10 Commandments’ of reinventing today’s sustainable company. In fact, he even suggests that we must reinvent every three years!At the end of the podcast, there is also a helpful no-cost resource available to optimize the podcast take-away. Ask for it; it could be your first step to Reinvention.Host:  Howard W. Coleman, Principal of MCA AssociatesTo contact podcast host: email hcoleman@mcaassociates.com or call 203-732-0603
In this third episode, Howard Coleman, Principal of MCA Associates, unravels the plethora of terms, often conflated, that describe what distribution related companies are being asked to achieve when faced with a “need to innovate” across their entire value-stream. He provides a quite different perspective that anticipates the future, but honors the successes of the past.At the end of the podcast, there is also a helpful offer to optimize your podcast take-away. Host:  Howard W. Coleman, Principal of MCA AssociatesLearn more about MCA Associates http://www.mcaassociates.com To contact podcast host, Howard Coleman, email hcoleman@mcaassociates.com
In this second episode, Howard Coleman, Principal of MCA Associates, capsulizes what distribution related companies should always be looking for to improve operational efficiency of the their distribution/warehouse facilities. Whether you conduct an operational assessment and process review on your own or reach-out to an outside resource, a “distribution operations facility assessment “ is step #1 – to ...“Be Nimble...Be Quick”. At the end of the podcast, there is a helpful offer to optimize your take-aways. Host:  Howard W. Coleman, Principal of MCA AssociatesTo contact podcast host, Howard Coleman, email hcoleman@mcaassociates.com MCA Associates, a management consulting firm since 1986, works with wholesale distribution and manufacturing companies that are seeking and are committed to operational excellence. Howard and his team of Senior Consultants provide business consulting in specific areas of core-competency: Operational excellence thought leadership and business process re-engineering Distribution Center and warehouse design and resource integration Inventory and supply chain management ERP and WMS systems technology assessment  Organizational assessment and development Sales development and revenue generation Competitive Advantage Assessments
In this first episode of  ‘Distribution on the Cusp of Metamorphosis’ , a podcast series from MCA Talk, Howard Coleman, Principal of MCA Associates, provides insights into Collaborative Robotics – what may be the most significant advance in distribution warehousing today; what it’s all about, how you can re-tool and future-proof your warehouse/DC operations, how they may fit-in regardless of the size of your operations, the critical success factors, and the bottom line ROI potential - versus the “value-of-time” equation. At the end of the podcast, there is a helpful offer to optimize your take-aways This episode is sponsored by:#1 - 6 River Systems a leading fulfillment solution provider, and part of global commerce company Shopify, provides a collaborative mobile robot – Chuck – and operates in more than 80 facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Contact them at www.6River.com#2 – MindHarbor: celebrating 21 years of developing award-winning custom business software, ERP system enhancements, ERP API integrations, and business intelligence solutions for leading manufacturers and wholesale distributors. Please visit www.mindharbor.com#3 – The Wholesaler magazine:  the number one choice for the news in the plumbing, heating, cooling and piping wholesale distribution industry. Always at the forefront, visit www.phcppros.comAbout MCA Associates:MCA Associates, a management consulting firm since 1986, works with wholesale distribution and manufacturing companies that are seeking and are committed to operational excellence. Howard and his team of Senior Consultants provide business consulting in specific areas of core-competency:Operational excellence thought leadership and business process re-engineeringDistribution Center and warehouse design and resource integrationInventory and supply chain managementERP and WMS systems technology assessment Organizational assessment and developmentSales development and revenue generationCompetitive Advantage AssessmentsTo contact podcast host, Howard Coleman, email hcoleman@mcaassociates.com
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