Meet Stuart Rosenberg, Sr. Supply Chain Professional/Professor-Supply Chain/Best Practice Author and all around supply chain Jack of All Trades. Stuart had earned a reputation as a supply chain subject matter expert and published author on several disciplines, most notably Supply Chain Management and Global Risks. He has significant experience in supply chain manufacturing and distribution environments, including procurement, supplier relations, warehousing, inventory, transportation and planning. Vast knowledge of supply chain systems and processes. In addition, he's a certified Lean Six Sigma Green and Yellow Belt.
You should contact him if you have questions about supply chain solutions, process improvements, operational logistics management, warehouse & storrage, supplier relations, or cost reduction. We thought he was a pretty cool guy to profile, so read away and make sure to introduce yourself!
Tell us about yourself. What do you do in supply chain?
As President and Chief Consultant at First Choice, I conceive, implement and manage custom supply chain solutions to meet clients' requirements. First Choice Supply Chain actively manages the clients' supply chain to maximize customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. The company stands for a conscious effort to develop and run supply chains in the most effective & efficient ways possible. Supply chain activities cover everything from product development, sourcing, production, and logistics, as well as the information systems needed to coordinate these activities.
What cool thing are you working on now?
I have written almost 60 articles on supply chain and LEAN. At present I am self-publishing the first of two books with these articles as the centerpiece. The articles are geared to Supply Chain and Global Risks. Many companies do not fully understand the total risks involved with the ever growing supply lines in remote countries or regions. As I progress with the book did not realize the amount of work and stress involved - writing a preface, writing a forward, putting together a bibliography, footnotes, proof reading and editing and selecting the best articles. It is both a little stressful and exhilarating at the same time.
How did you get interested in supply chain as a career?
Originally I have a Bachelor degree in Accounting. But as time went on I realized sitting at a desk analyzing final numbers was not for me. I needed to be involved on a daily basis with the manufacturing, distribution and warehousing aspects of an organization from start of process to the end - product travels to customer. I shifted my career emphasis from Accounting to the Operational side.
What is your best piece of career advice?
Accepting that selling no longer needs to have a negative connotation - insurance and or car salespeople. Instead understand that we are and need to sell and market ourselves everyday and at every opportunity. Acknowledge that networking is really about maintaining relationships with customers or potential customers and cementing relationships with others outside of your particular niche.
What hobbies do you pursue in your leisure time?
I am an outdoor person so some of my activities include hiking and camping. Enjoy reading a good book and some might say I am a frustrated chef.
What topics are you most excited about discussing with other members?
As I related in question 2 - the Global Risks of Supply Chain. There are many risks that should be considered with production in far off regions - natural disasters, man made disasters (terrorism), raw material scarcity, counterfeiting, supplier bankruptcy, etc. When discussing these issues with other supply chain professionals, customers or people in other fields I become animated.
What supply chain trend of evolution are you anticipating will change your business?
I see many opportunities within advanced manufacturing such as 3-D printing and Big Data. Interested and follow Harry Moser's organization and articles on the re-shoring manufacturing and the possibilities thereof.