May 17, 2020

Mizuno USA opens new high-tech distribution and manufacturing centre

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Mizuno USA, a global sporting goods company, has fully transitioned all distribution and manufacturing...

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Mizuno USA, a global sporting goods company, has fully transitioned all distribution and manufacturing operations to a new high-tech facility in Barrow County.

Designed to support accelerated growth goals in the next five years, the new 520,000-square-foot facility located in Braselton, Georgia, significantly increases the current supply chain footprint to fulfil and sustain ongoing business growth, supply chain demand and morphing customer base and consumer buying behaviour. The facility also includes all Mizuno golf club manufacturing for the North American market.

Bob Puccini, President of Mizuno USA, and Director of Mizuno Corporation, said: “Mizuno is making moves to fast-track growth and further strengthen the brand as a frontrunner in the US sporting goods market.

“Our investment in cutting-edge infrastructure, like this distribution centre, affords us the opportunity to continue growth while also benefitting from the additional resources, efficiencies and service capabilities provided by the new facility. This is an important milestone that will provide us the business flexibility needed to meet the ever-evolving demands of today’s omnichannel, consumer-driven marketplace.

The new Mizuno USA Distribution and Manufacturing Centre represents cutting-edge processes in logistics and is capable of advanced distribution operations. The facility features the sophisticated resources necessary for efficient supply chain distribution, including over two miles of conveyance, a high-speed merge sorter, zone route technology supported by camera-based scanning technology, three-story high velocity pick module, and two-story flexible dense picking area.

Josh Creasman, Vice President of Supply Chain at Mizuno, said: “Decisions of this magnitude are not made lightly. This multi-million dollar IT and distribution infrastructure investment will play a major role in our continued growth.

“It was a comprehensive process to find our distribution and manufacturing home for the next decade. From a network optimisation study detailing logistics infrastructure of the region connected to our customer base, to the proximity of the Mizuno USA corporate offices and talented team, there were big advantages to selecting Braselton as our distribution hub for the North American region.”

Efficiencies have been created by the new distribution and manufacturing centre, including consolidation of distribution logistics and a technology-enabled pick, pack and ship process. The additional square footage also significantly increases Mizuno USA’s golf manufacturing centre production capacity. The Distribution and Manufacturing Centre employs more than 160 full-time positions and offers seasonal work opportunities. 

Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes baseball, golf, softball, running, track & field, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America. Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Ga.

To learn more about Mizuno, visit: www.mizunousa.com

 

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Jun 9, 2021

Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

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US government lays out plans for supply chain transformation following results of the supply chain review ordered by President Biden in February

The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration. 

The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing. 

“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said. 

In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”. 

In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips. 

Support domestic production of critical medicines

 

  • A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration. 
  • The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”. 
  • The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.


Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries

 

  • The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”. 
  • The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”. 


Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals

 

  • An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”. 
  • The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.


Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages

 

  • The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing. 
  • Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”. 
     

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