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How Understanding Customers Can Strengthen Your Supply Chain

Understanding customers, man scratching head

This article was originally posted on the PNC Business Insights e-news section. David Boulay, Ph.D. talks of how the Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides a roadmap for manufacturers to create more dynamic, customer-focused supply chains…

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Meet Tony ‘Total Cost of Ownership’ Cerilli

Tony Cerilli, MEP SCO team member

The importance of understanding and being able to quantify all of the costs in your supply stream is critical to applying a strategy to your sourcing decisions. This session establishes Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) terms and concepts. It also provides a review of supply cha… Read More

Meet Brandon Phoenix

Brandon Phoenix, MEP SCO program developer

Brandon will be facilitating a Leadership Overview in Philadelphia, on Thursday, 4/10.

Opportunities to streamline are abundant in the supply chain. More than 60% of costs occur within the supply chain, versus the 10-15% of continuous improvement activities which typic… Read More

Spring, a time for Renewal, Rebirth and Resolving Gaps in your Supply Chain?!

Resolving gaps in supply chain, purple tulips


Yes, that’s right. Join MEP Centers in the Midwest, the North- and Southeast as they help manufacturers develop strategy, mitigate risk and get a truer picture of the total cost of ownership, as part of the MEP Supply Chain Optimization program.


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Happy Birthday MEP!

Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) 25th year anniversary

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)  turns 25 this year! In celebration, they’ve  included a series of blog posts on the historical perspective on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog, but what really caught my eye on the amazing infographic that they sh… Read More

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