The Benefits of Supply Chain Optimization

KCMN November Meeting

Is your supply chain running on all cylinders all the time?  If you have supply chain concerns, or simply would like some ideas for improving yours, join us for our November KCMN meeting.  The MEP Supply Chain Optimization program is a strategic approach to solving the challenges of U.S. manufacturers by promoting a better flow of product from suppliers to customers resulting in reduced costs, improved quality and shortened lead times.

The NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program conducted research to identify the critical needs of supply chains. John Remsey, Senior Manufacturing Specialist, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) will discuss MEP’s two-phased Voice of the Customer survey, which provides 12 competitiveness drivers discovered and the six most critical gaps identified.

Companies should begin by understanding and defining their supply chain strategy and aligning it with their corporate strategy.  Due to ever increasing volatility in the global manufacturing environment, companies can no longer rely on a strategy of lowest price, shortest lead time and acceptable quality.  Today, high performing supply chains are collaborative through their multiple tiers.  They quickly identify and mitigate volatility and have the capability to develop, manufacture and distribute new or improved products more rapidly than ever before.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for manufacturing company guests. Due to an increase in service provider attendance, we are not accepting guest service providers at this time.   Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today BY CLICKING HERE, or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or


John RemseyJohn Remsey, Senior Manufacturing Specialist, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) – John has more than 19 years of business and manufacturing experience with an emphasis in supply chain optimization, information technology, lean manufacturing and production control.  As a member of the MEP SCO team, John has provided leadership to the development and deployment of SCO tools and services throughout the national network of MEP Centers.

He has worked with numerous companies to identify, select, implement, and support manufacturing systems.  John also provides in-depth business services in strategic planning, feasibility analysis, financial analysis, and business expansion. His background includes positions in information technology, production control, activity-based management, logistics, and small business counseling.

John has earned a BS in finance, a BS in business economics, and an MBA, from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and has attended training/education by the Shingo Institute on the Shingo Prize standards for Operational Excellence.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center  and Missouri Enterprise  are our NIST MEP Network-affiliate sponsors. Due to our need to cover the event costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event.