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Joan Adams

Joan S. Adams has consulted for industrial clients for more than 15 years. She headed DITT, the consultancy arm of the French National Utility, Electricité de France, and was a managing consultant at A.T. Kearney. Later, she started Pierian, a consultancy that brings sustained and measurable success through operational excellence, customer focus, and competitive market strategy. Joan Adams speaks French and Spanish. She has worked on projects in Europe, Central America, Africa, Asia as well as North America. She has engineering degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MIT. She also has an MBA from the Wharton School. She can be reached at adams@pierian.net.

ARTICLES

Blind Spots And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

May 1, 2010
New import tariffs will bring a whole new bunch of surprises to our shores.
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Seven Day Replenishment

January 1, 2010
Imagine that you could get any item you currently stock in seven days or less.
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The State Of U.S. Manufacturing - MAPI Publishes A Report

December 1, 2009
The U.S. continues to be the source for innovation.
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The Goal

November 1, 2009
A constraint determines your overall speed.
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What's Killing U.S. Manufacturers

October 1, 2009
It is time to change focus.
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Domestic Vs. Foreign PVF Manufacturers

September 1, 2009
The number one complaint I hear from distributors is lead time.
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Self-Service: Curse Or Competitive Advantage?

August 1, 2009
Your customers will love you for it.
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Lessons From McDonald's

July 1, 2009
PVF wholesalers can learn how to improve customer loyalty from the fast-food giant.
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Best And Worst Of Times

June 1, 2009
It is time to change some of our thinking.
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Lean For Sales

April 1, 2009
Shorten the order cycle time to improve cash flow.
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AVAILABLE ON DEMAND A new 8,000 lb. gorilla, Amazon Supply, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Supply House Times columnist Dick Friedman, an authority on business planning and the strategic use of inventory, warehouses and technology will present strategies and tactics for you to compete with Amazon Supply.

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In the April issue of Supply House Times, there is much focus on young professionals in the distribution industry. Find out who is being recognized as this year's Young Executives for the American Supply Association and read who will be taking over Aaron & Co. when it's current owners retire. Read about Central Plumbing Specialties' recent expansion, catch up on the latest news from the distribution industry as well as the latest products!
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