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that which should not be done at all'.

—Peter F. Drucker.

2015 — What's in Store? Strategy?

by Martin Nazareth, OpEx Solutions


Has the economy peaked? Which way is it heading? Have we strategized to excel, succeed or survive in 2015?

•  The DOW Jones index recently hit 18,000, 25% over the last peak; however, low oil prices are causing market disruption.

•  Oil has dropped below $60 p/barrel — the lowest trading price since 2009 which is hurting oil companies and causing some instability in the stock market.

•  Holiday sales are focusing heavily on technology items.

•  The Federal Reserve may raise the interest rate in mid-2015.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that South America is a mess, with Argentina and Venezuela leading the losers’ parade and Brazil not far behind. Japan’s economy is not very strong and Russia and Western Europe are weak, too. On the bright side, the three economies of North America are looking pretty solid.

IMF’s reduced forecast for 2015 global growth to 3.2 percent. It projects 3.1 percent growth for the U.S. next year, just 1.3 percent in the Euro area, 0.8 percent for Japan and 7.1 percent for China (lowest in 15 years).
According to the
U.S. Industrial Outlook by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), manufacturing production is forecast to grow steadily for the next two years — 3.4% in 2014, 4.0% in 2015, and 3.6% in 2016. This growth will outpace the rest of the economy, which will show greatest strength in the areas of energy infrastructure (providing the cost of oil does not go down any farther), housing supply chain, and medical care.

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Omron Oilfield & Marine Hosts
CenTex OpEx Consortium Benchmarking 

Material Flow and Warehouse Excellence was the topic of the September 25th, 2014 CenTex OpEx Consortium Benchmarking Event at Omron Oilfield & Marine in Houston, Texas. After the presentation by Omron, in which they chronicled their operational excellence journey in their warehouse area and how that impacted their operations, participants had the opportunity to tour the warehouse and part of the production facility to see the results and future plans. This was followed by a Q&A and a participative session on positives seen and opportunities.              

This is one of several benchmarking sessions hosted by members of the CenTex OpEx Consortium.




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