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Welcome to The Smarter Supply Chain Blog

Welcome to the Smarter Supply Chain Blog

Hello and welcome to The Smarter Supply Chain blog! Our hope is that you’ll explore our site and participate in the conversation around the critical nature of supply chain optimization. Our program, sponsored by the NIST-Manufacturing Extension Partnership, was developed based on Voice of Customer input and surveys done directly with manufacturing leaders that highlighted the following recurring themes:

  • Companies are suffering from a lack of collaboration and visibility in their supply chains, especially in the tiers furthest from the customer
  • The true total cost of ownership is not understood
  • Manufacturers lack a synchronized plan for their supply chain partners

MEPs Supply Chain Optimization is one of many MEP programs to help build stronger, more competitive U.S. manufacturers. We’ve been helping manufacturers thrive since 1989 through initiatives in quality, safety process improvements, innovation, leadership strategy and development and workforce effectiveness. As manufacturers continue to evolve–so have we. Our current initiatives in technology acceleration, sustainability, and now, supply chain optimization are among the many reasons we are America’s most trusted source for solving manufacturing challenges.

In this blog, you’ll hear from subject matter experts (SMEs) from MEP that work with manufacturers every day. These SMEs act as coaches and mentors to help create highly functioning supply chains which create economic stability for our manufacturers, our communities and ultimately our country as a whole. Check back to learn of best practices or a particular challenge that our MEP has helped a manufacturer to overcome.

So, check back often and you can also join in the conversation here on The Smarter Supply Chain or connect with us on Linkedin.

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"MEP has put together an intelligent program that was well thought out and challenging for supply chain management team. They challenged our supply chain approach and current paradigm – forcing us to take a fresh look at what we do and how we do it. We are using the supply chain strategy tools that they provided as “take-aways” to change how we do things."


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