Supply Chain Challenges Are Just an Excuse

By Lisa Anderson

The supply chain has become an excuse. Although there has certainly been a slew of supply chain challenges that carry on with baby formula shortages, rail backlogs, computer chip issues, hurricane-induced delays, fertilizer scarcity and China’s zero-COVID policy delays, the supply chain should no longer be the excuse. Only the proactive will thrive in the years to come.

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2023 Brushware 125th Anniversary January-February Issue

 

Celebrate 125 years of Brushware with our January-February 2023 special anniversary issue, now available in digital format. Inside, you’ll find an interview with former publisher Norman Finegold and a profile of Eleonora Calavalle, Managing Director of Pennelli Cinghiale. We also have our annual economic forecast from Phillip M. Perry and insights from Lisa Anderson on overcoming supply chain challenges. In addition, don’t miss our comprehensive section on Q3 US import/export data and the full economic dashboard, including manufacturing PMI data and more.

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2022 Brushware Machinery Showcase & Supplier/Manufacturer Spotlight Combo Issue

 

The 2022 Brushware November-December Machinery Showcase & Supplier/Manufacturer Spotlight issue is now available to all readers in digital edition format. This massive 84-page annual edition offers in-depth descriptions of all the top machines for the brush, broom, mop and roller industry along with detailed profiles highlighting available materials, products and services for the top industry suppliers and manufacturers. In addition, the issue has full coverage of the 2022 FEIBP Congress, a three-part feature on inflation and a profile on MGG North America CEO and President Alberto Voltolina.

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Case Study: Strategies to Successfully Navigate Inflation

By Lisa Anderson

Inflation continues to plague the world with escalating prices across a spectrum of products and services. The price of oil and gas has continued to rise and supply chain challenges persist, creating inflationary pressures across the board. Even though interest rates are rising, inflation isn’t yet getting under control. Thus, what are the best of the best doing to thrive under these extraordinary pressures?

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ERP and Related Technologies to Automate, Digitize and Thrive

By Lisa Anderson

Manufacturers utilize less than 20% of the full functionality of their ERP systems. But the key question is, why does it matter? In today’s inflationary and supply chain disrupted business environment, manufacturers need to automate and digitize to “do more with less” and thrive during these volatile times. One important way to achieve this goal is to further leverage your ERP system where it will make a difference.

No matter which ERP system you use or how archaic, there will be opportunities to use additional functionality. In 30 years of working with manufacturers, I haven’t had one example of a client that couldn’t benefit by expanding the use of ERP.

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2022 Brushware September-October FEIBP Preview Digital Edition

 

The 2022 Brushware September-October FEIPB Preview issue is now available to all readers in eMag (digital edition) format. This annual edition offers a preview of the 62nd FEIBP Congress along with a guide to the host city of Prague. In addition, the issue features the Best Watercolor Brushes for 2022 as recommended by top artist brush manufacturers. The issue also includes the First Half 2022 US Import/Export data and Lisa Anderson’s column on using ERP to Automate, Digitize and Thrive.

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Supply Chain Collaboration and VMI to Get Ahead of Economic Challenges

By Lisa Anderson

With record-breaking price increases and lack of material availability, manufacturers are experiencing increasing threats to profit margins and maintaining strong customer service. To add fuel to the fire, they are also now having to consider plans to prepare for a potential recession. It is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate these volatile times, and the most successful are not doing it alone. Instead, they are pursuing collaborative programs with supply chain partners. What is clear is that there will be more winners and losers created than at any other time in history. Thus, it is worth figuring out how to work with your supply chain partners to ensure mutual success rather than mutual demise.

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2022 Brushware Summer Buyers’ Guide eMag Now Available

 

The 2022 Brushware Summer Buyers’ Guide July-August issue is now available to all readers in eMag (digital edition) format. This annual edition offers a full directory listing of the top companies in the industry along with a full product/category Buyers’ Guide Index — a handy macro view of products, raw materials, machinery, components and services for the brush, broom, paint products and mop industry. In addition, this issue offers Phillip M. Perry’s feature on inflation with insights on how to guide your business through this inflationary period.

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