How to identify bottlenecks in manufacturing: Temporary vs Sustainable Strategies

The Shortage Economy Impacts

Dealing with employment and resource shortages presents several challenges. With the current market dynamics, manufacturers have been forced to adopt processes that deal with the symptoms of shortages instead of addressing the root problem.

While there are approaches manufacturers can take to be adaptable in the face of whatever supply chain challenges will come, the reality is that many of the easy, instinctive solutions are short-sighted stop gaps. Here are a few ways manufacturers are dealing with shortage disruptions today and how they are creating sustainable strategies to build supply chain resilience.

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The Future of the Manufacturing Supply Chain Workflow Reinvented

Manufacturing Supply Chain Workflow Challenges

Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute (MI) reported that the U.S. manufacturing industry was looking to fill half a million job openings in 2021, with expectations for that number to continue to increase. It is estimated that over 2 million of those jobs are likely to remain unfilled until at least 2030 which the study warns could damage the U.S economy by up to $1 trillion.

One top of that, LinkedIn reported a 28% turnover rate increase for manufacturing supply chain positions. With open positions that are hard to fill and existing staff feeling the burden of cognitive overload, managers are struggling to meet their goals with their existing workforce.

The global competition for supply chain talent rages on for both hourly and salaried roles alongside a once-in-a-lifetime shift in where, when, how, and why supply chain professionals work. Manufacturing companies will have to work harder to make jobs more exciting and rewarding for their employees, and to do even more to generate enthusiasm around their company’s vision and future to compete with the war on talent.  

Supply chain leaders must inspire a unique mix of frontline, hybrid, and remote workers. Discover how streaming the data manufacturing process using a human-centric work design can influence employment value propositions that retain and engage current employees, and attract and retain new ones.

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Building Supply Chain Resilience: How Manufacturing Leaders are Pivoting Their Strategies in the Shortage Economy

Webinar Recap 

Recently, LeanDNA had the opportunity to host a discussion involving experienced manufacturing leaders from Chamberlain Group, HNI Corporation, and PSG Dover. 

The three main learning objectives covered in the Building Supply Chain Resilience Webinar included: 

  1. Shortages and issues discrete manufacturers face
  2. The role technology plays in addressing these challenges
  3. How to utilize modernized planning and optimization tools for actionable insights

This blog serves as a resource to summarize the key takeaways from the conversation, you can also download the full webinar video for additional details on the topics discussed. 

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2022 Gartner Supply Chain Symposium: Key Insights and Takeaways

Gartner Supply Chain Symposium Recap

The severity of the various supply chain disruptions have contributed a new set of challenges for manufacturers across industries. The impacts of these supply chain predicaments have forced organizations to pivot and adapt to ongoing, unpredictable changes. For leadership to expand their visibility and enhance team collaboration, they must re-calibrate their supply chain.

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Challenges for Manufacturers On the Horizon: the Paradox of Reducing Surplus vs Shortages

According to the recent State of Supply Chain 2022 report, nearly 75% of manufacturers feel pressured to digitally transform their supply chain operations. But why are there so many internal roadblocks to adopting new technologies, work processes, and business solutions?

In our latest State of Supply Chain 2022 webinar, hosted in tandem with The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), industry leaders from LeanDNA, AME, and Deloitte participated in a roundtable discussion to answer this question and more. Below we’ll address different perspectives on the paradox of reducing surplus vs shortages, and why the implementation of new tech and new ideas, which manufacturers need to stay successful in today’s market, is easier said than done. 

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What’s Holding Manufacturers Back? It All Comes Down to Trust

According to the recent State of Supply Chain 2022 report, nearly 75% of manufacturers feel pressured to digitally transform their supply chain operations. But why are there so many internal roadblocks to adopting new technologies, work processes, and business solutions?

In our latest State of Supply Chain 2022 webinar, hosted in tandem with The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), industry leaders from LeanDNA, AME, and Deloitte participated in a roundtable discussion to answer this question and more. Below we’ll address different perspectives on why the implementation of new tech and new ideas, which manufacturers need to stay successful in today’s market, is easier said than done. 

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The New Shortage Economy Explained

Shortages are dominating the headlines. The COVID-19 pandemic brought monumental challenges to the supply chain, culminating in what experts deemed “the perfect storm.” The added pressures of the pandemic overwhelmed manufacturers already struggling with changing market trends and outdated technology. At the beginning of the pandemic, demand was volatile and the shelves were bare. Now consumers around the world are getting used to this new shortage economy. 

But how did we get here? This topic and more were addressed by leading industry experts in “The State of Supply Chain 2022 Webinar” hosted by LeanDNA and The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) in response to the recently published “The State of Supply Chain 2022” report. Below we’ll address the factors that led us to our new shortage economy.

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Embracing Disruption: The 2022 AME International Conference in Dallas

After going virtual the past two years, The Association for Manufacturing Excellence’s (AME) 38th annual international conference will finally be back in person this year in Dallas. In mid-October, this event will bring together lean practitioners from nearly every role and every industry across the globe. This is one of the biggest conference events in the country for manufacturing and operational excellence, showcasing a variety of local tours, keynote speakers, interactive presentations, networking opportunities, and more.

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The State of Supply Chain 2022 Webinar Recap

This week LeanDNA and The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) hosted a webinar on the current state of the supply chain and the New Shortage Economy. Our very own Richard Lebovitz and Kamalina Srikant joined AME’s Robert Martichenko and Deloitte Consulting’s Louis Librandi to expand upon results from the recently published “State of Supply Chain in the New Shortage Economy” report and discuss the current pain points, opportunities, and approaches in manufacturing and supply chain operations. 

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