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Ultra Pushes Chicago Tube ERP Project Forward Through COVID and Customization Challenges

Chicago Tube & Iron was at a technology dead-end: Its 30-year-old, Unix-based operations management system was heavily customized and difficult to maintain and update. While it served the distribution and fabrication company well for many years through changing business models, it was (past) time for an ERP upgrade. But COVID pandemic restrictions and complex customizations presented challenges.

Guest Post: The Right Way to Build an Agile, Adaptable and Resilient Supply Chain?

It’s common to believe that implementing a new solution will fix supply chain issues. But new software alone isn’t the answer – especially now. While few businesses came through the pandemic unscathed, some fared better. We can learn from their success and use that knowledge to create supply chains that stand up to the harshest economic conditions.

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Expert Advice: Three Key Organizing Principles for a Resilient Supply Chain

For manufacturers, the COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented supply and demand chain upheaval. How successful were “textbook” best practices in mitigating and managing the new normal? Did they provide the required resilience? And now, with the worst of the pandemic behind us, what practices should be put in place to provide the flexibility needed to accommodate shifting manufacturing strategies?

Outlook for 2021 Manufacturing Jobs Recovery (Video)

In the fourth of a four-video series, economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl and Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner discuss the potential for a manufacturing jobs recovery, the persistent skilled labor shortage and ongoing job training challenges.

Are Recovery-Driven Consumer Buying Shifts Ahead? (Video)

In the third of a four-video series, economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl and Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner discuss pandemic-driven marketplace changes, the potential for a mid-summer return to services buying and a possible downturn for consumer products (and more).

How Politics Affects Manufacturing and Distribution (Video)

In the second of a four-video series, Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner and economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl discuss how the shift in the political landscape, the Biden Administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress will impact business, supply chains, trade relations, tariffs, regulation and taxes.

How Manufacturers Can Mitigate Supply Chain Disruption (Video)

In the first of a four-video series, Ultra Senior Consultant Dave Lechleitner and economist Dr. Christopher Kuehl discuss the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on global supply chains, and how manufacturers can mitigate disruption and enable recovery.

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