Speed matters even more in a pandemic.

However the coronavirus has affected your current operations, business as usual is not likely to resume anytime soon. As the world moves beyond crisis mode into a post-pandemic state of operations, you will need to navigate through yet another set of changing circumstances over the coming weeks and months. Every critical pillar of your business, including how, where, and with whom you work, will continue to evolve.

But the foundations of business success—speed, responsiveness, and flexibility—won’t go away. They will continue to be essential to performance, perhaps now more than ever before.

To help you accelerate critical decision making for the current situation as well as for the recovery phase on the horizon, we are sharing our perspectives along with helpful action items and to-do lists. All of our recommendations and guidance are based on the belief that speed, ultimately, will prevail.

We invite you to explore the new content, take advantage of the checklists, and share the resources with your team. By positioning yourself to respond quickly to changing circumstances on all fronts, you will come through these trying times, perhaps with stronger skill sets and new capabilities that will serve your organization well into the future.


Planning and Managing the COVID-19 Response


Digital Manufacturing: How to Make Smart Automation Investment Decisions

Digital Manufacturing: How to Make Smart Automation Investment Decisions

Learn three critical steps to determine if automation is the solution your business needs to address labor shortages and other operational challenges.

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4 Ways to Balancing Supply Chain Efficiency and Resilience

4 Keys to Balancing Supply Chain Efficiency and Resilience

Manufacturers often spend 5-15% more than necessary on supply chain resilience. By leveraging efficiencies, you can offset these costs and create a sustainable, cost-effective supply chain strategy long-term.

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Unlock, Amplify, and Accelerate Private Equity Value Creation

4 Ways to Unlock & Accelerate PE Value Creation

If you are planning to exit on time with the maximum possible value capture, get ready to accelerate your value creation opportunities. Prioritize the right projects and accelerate execution to achieve the value you want in the time frame you need.

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Your 4-Step COVID-Era Manufacturing Maintenance Strategy

Your 4-Step COVID-Era Manufacturing Maintenance Strategy

No time or resources for a full-fledged maintenance effort during the pandemic? Adopt an interim strategy to get you through the crisis period, keep critical machines running, and prevent the serious consequences of putting off essential upkeep.

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PE: Rethinking Your Value Creation Playbook

Private Equity: Rethinking Your Value Creation Playbook

Private equity-owned businesses have seen demand, supply, and internal capacity shift significantly as a result of COVID-19. PE firms can keep deals intact by altering the paths they follow to achieve their targets instead of adjusting the targets themselves.

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Digital Manufacturing Technologies

Digital Manufacturing Technologies Every Plant Needs Now in the Post-COVID World

The disruptions of 2020 made it impossible to ignore issues of visibility, variability, and velocity that make the difference between success and failure when an organization needs to adapt rapidly.

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How to Make Controlling Risk Part of Your Post-COVID Strategy

RECONCILING YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN: How to Make Controlling Risk Part of Your Post-COVID Strategy

In the wake of the global pandemic, flexibility and resiliency are going to be just as important as controlling costs when it comes to optimizing your network.

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Operational speed and flexibility

RESTARTING OPERATIONS AFTER COVID: What Leaders in Each Department Need to Do First

If your operations are restarting after weeks of total shutdown, you know there is going to be much more to the process than simply flipping a switch.

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Managing Remotely: The Time for a Digital Management System is Now

Managing Remotely: The Time for a Digital Management System is Now

Technology can help you work safer and smarter. How to embrace digital technologies to facilitate remote visibility, remote analytics and data sharing, and virtual problem solving.

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Crisis and Prepare for Recovery with Frequent S&OP

Get Ahead of the COVID-19 Crisis and Prepare for Recovery with Frequent S&OP

Realistic demand planning is at the heart of any good S&OP program. Amidst all of this volatility, S&OP conversations have to happen at least weekly and potentially as often as every day.

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COVID-19 - Human Capital: Critical actions for manufacturers to take now

The Monster Hidden Inside Human Capital

The capabilities, availability, and mindset of the team are critical factors in weathering the COVID-19 crisis and in recovery. Human capital issues are surely beneath the surface. Critical actions for manufacturers to take now.

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Preparing for the Post-Pandemic World: 4 Critical Considerations

Preparing for the Post-Pandemic World: 4 Critical Considerations

You’re still firmly entrenched in crisis mode, but planning for the COVID-19 recovery phase can’t wait. Companies that accelerate their adjustment process will fare best on the other side.

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Pragmatic Actions at the Point of Impact

How PE-Backed Companies Can Catch Up Fast

Losing Value Creation Ground Due to COVID? Here’s How PE-Backed Companies Can Catch Up Fast

The fallout from COVID has changed your business dramatically. Still, your private equity owners plan to exit on time. The time is now for portfolio companies to push down the pedal on value creation and make up lost ground fast.

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Post-COVID Value Creation

Post-COVID Value Creation: How You Can Still Hit the Targets Your Operating Partners Expect

If your PE partner’s value creation expectations and holding period haven’t budged, then it’s essential to quickly adapt your value creation plan.

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Manage Your Global Supply Chain

How Do You Manage Your Global Supply Chain When Travel Is Impossible?

PPE sourcing challenges are the tip of the iceberg for managing global supply chains in this pandemic. Tips for vetting unknown suppliers to make sure that they have the necessary production capabilities you need.

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Restarting Your Plants Safely and Productively

Restarting Your Plants Safely and Productively

When they return to work, health will be everyone’s concern. Here are some of the preparations that HR, EH&S, maintenance and production need to make when planning to reopen.

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Crisis Management

Crisis Management and Practicing Resilience

Our confidence and resilience will be the shining light that guides us through this difficult time.

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Free up cash flow

Manufacturing PortCos: Free Up Cash and Make the CARES Act Look Like Chump Change

Converting production, adjusting replenishment, accelerating S&OP, leveraging inventory assets and speeding up your order-to-cash cycles can yield immediate cashflow gains.

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Operational speed and flexibility

COVID Recovery: It's Time to Stock Up on Speed and Flexibility

Effectively responding to product shortages and the market turmoil caused by the pandemic will require a combination of new government policies and lean manufacturing practices.

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COVID-19 Crisis response for Manufacturers - Three Pragmatic Actions to Take Now

Navigating COVID – Three Pragmatic Actions to Take Now

Develop strategies and prepare for major cash flow, operational and supply chain disruptions through June and beyond. Three pragmatic actions mid-market manufacturers can take now to address challenges surfaced by the COVID crisis.

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