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(In-person events are temporarily on hold until the pandemic passes.)

USMCA: The Near-shoring and Re-shoring Solution

Paid for by Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions

Thursday, December 10. 1:30-2:30PM CST

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On July 1, 2020, the United States, Mexico, and Canada updated NAFTA to create the new USMCA. This new free trade agreement contains enhancements and modernized approaches to rules of origin, agricultural market access, intellectual property, digital trade, financial services, labor, and numerous other sectors. Furthermore, USMCA is the essential near shoring/re-shoring trade mechanism to secure your supply chain and cut your resupply time.

Do you know how USMCA affects your business? Gain a broader understanding of the new provisions in this webinar featuring these prominent experts:

Ernesto Pinal, Global Business Expansion Consultant

Mr. Pinal has been responsible for the design and successful implementation of several international market expansion and export strategies. He worked most recently with NextScan, which is currently exporting 38% of its deployments (going from 5% originally), to customers in 45 countries situated in five continents.

Alejandro Rojas, Trade & Business Development Manager – MSquare Consultores & IADB Consultant

Mr. Rojas has served as Chief Economist for public and private agencies in Mexico and Canada, including the NAFTA Office (Mexico ́s Secretariat of Economy in Ottawa) and the CME (Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters), as well as serving with Mexico ́s negotiations group for the FTA ́s with North America, the Latin American region and Israel.

Dina Santos, Consul and General Trade Commissioner

Dina Santos joined the Consulate General of Canada in Dallas, Texas in August 2017 to lead its commercial trade section efforts in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Dina leads a team of 10 business development officers supporting Canadian companies’ business development in region as well as foreign direct investment into Canada.

Rudy Ortiz, Manager of Client Services, Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Mr. Ortiz helps companies with their International Business/Exporting, Cyber Security and Technology Commercialization/Acquisition needs and training. He teaches the ArDEC’s various export-related classes as well as the AEDC’s MEP ExporTech training program. He is a Certified Global Business Professional as well as a U.S. Department of Commerce Certified Export and Trade Counselor and is fluent in Spanish.

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AVAILABLE ON DEMAND: Session 2 – Assessing & Reducing Your Supply Chain Risk

Driving supply chain flexibility with a shock-proof assessment framework

Paid for by Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions

Presenter: Robert Martichenko


CEO, LeanCor Supply Chain Group

As we return to economic normalcy and stability after the COVID-19 crisis, how will we improve corporate supply chains — and be ready for the next disruption? What is our supply chain risk relative to sensing, receiving and fulfilling a customer order in the event of planned and/or unplanned changes in demand or other supply chain dynamics? What strategic improvements do we need to make in our supply chains relative to purpose, principles, people, processes, and partners?

Join Robert Martichenko as he discusses a best-in-class framework to assess and reduce supply chain risk that organizations will need to perform in order to build flexibility and improve performance through visibility, capability, and resilience:

  • Visibility: Our ability to sense changes in supply chain dynamics and share relevant information as we respond.
  • Capability: Our ability to plan and execute an operational plan to meet the new supply chain requirements with great speed, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Resilience: Our ability to successfully manage and quickly adapt to day-to-day activities during unplanned events.

Attendees will also receive a free copy of the e-Book, “De-Risk Your Supply Chain: Robust Resilience in an Age of Turbulence” produced by Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions.

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AVAILABLE ON DEMAND: Session 1 – Saving Your Company through Strategic Supply Chain Management Webinar

Many companies have not given thought to their supply chain and only know they are buying “from XYZ Products Company in California”, not  realizing that  company is getting their products from China or some distant and possibly at-risk location.  

Buying from only one source and/or from only one location to get “the best deal” can put your company and its hard-earned reputation at risk In addition, a resilient and diversified supply chain provides both strategic and tactical advantages over your competition.  

In this webinar, Dr. Joe Felan and Dr. Naeem Bajwa, Professors at UA Little Rock  provide a road map to help your company’s management understand what things need to be considered to mitigate its supply chain risk to your company.    

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