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Why Agile Operations Is the Cornerstone of a Resilient Supply Chain

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. EST (GMT -4, New York)
Duration: 1 Hour
Event Type: Live Webinar
Cost: Free

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The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the vulnerability of manufacturing supply chains to systemic shocks. Recent LNS Research survey data shows that manufacturers are taking a relatively reactionary approach to sustaining operations while at the same time trying to reimagine what a resilient supply chain looks like. 

Manufacturers can and should be far more adept at managing these marketplace fluctuations—even the very unexpected like a global pandemic. Agility is essential. Learn how you can quickly and easily develop your new supply chain when you join this live IndustryWeek-hosted webcast on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 11 am EST.

Join presenters Matthew Littlefield, president & principal analyst at LNS Research, and Thomas Muth, Global Strategic Industry Development Director at Dassault Systèmes, as they discuss supply chain optimization and examine:

  • How manufacturing leaders’ performance impacts the broader performance of the supply chain
  • What supply chain planners are missing that affects lead time and capacity
  • How to utilize Industrial Transformation (IX) investments and maturity to improve alignment and collaboration between manufacturing and supply chain functions
  • What it takes to create more manufacturing agility, both in times of crisis or calm
  • How to create a cohesive strategy that effectively leverages reductions in inventory and lead time while increasing capacity
  • A real-world case study of supply chain resiliency



Littlefield90wMatthew Littlefield, Co-Founder and President, LNS Research

Matthew Littlefield is co-founder and President of LNS Research; in this role, he leads the organization as it fulfills its mission of driving industrial transformation.  He is also a principal analyst and contributes to research across the breadth of topics covered by the firm.  Littlefield is a recognized industry expert, and an active speaker and contributing author across the breadth of industry publications, associations, and events.  His passion, however, is advising manufacturing executives on Industrial Transformation and Operational Excellence.  Prior to LNS, Matthew spent five years with Aberdeen Group leading its global manufacturing research practice.  During that time, he authored hundreds of thought leadership reports and frequently spoke at industry events.  Earlier in his career, he worked for several global manufacturing organizations in engineering and shop floor management roles.  Littlefield graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in Economics and an MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

Muth90wThomas Muth, Global Strategic Industry Development Director, Dassault Systèmes

Thomas Muth is a Global Strategic Industry Development Director with DELMIA for the CPG and Life Science industries.  Thomas Muth has more than 25 years of industry experience in ERP, MES / MOM and Digital Manufacturing software and technology solutions supporting operational excellence. across a wide range of industries in Aerospace, Transportation, Industrial Equipment, Consumer Goods, and Life Sciences.  Thomas also is an active member with MESA International, Smart Manufacturing Working Group and the North America Manufacturing Leadership Council

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