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Customer Communications

Customer communication is always a good idea; however, leveraging customer communications during the new normal business environment is vital to success. Pick up the phone - some of the largest successes I've seen result from simple yet critical conversations. It can be as simple as calling a customer to [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:36+00:00April 25, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|

Gain an Edge with S&OP

Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) can give your business an edge over the competition - minimal investment in resources to yield substantial results! Although S&OP which balances demand with supply has been around for a long time, I've seen interest in this concept increase as businesses are looking for [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:36+00:00April 25, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, SIOP / S&OP, Supply Chain|Tags: , |

Top 3 Causes of Poor Inventory Management

No matter why a client first calls, one of the challenges or areas of opportunity for significant gain stems back to inventory management. On the other hand, it isn't too surprising as with manufacturers and distributors, a key to operational success is effective inventory management. Beyond that, it can [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:36+00:00April 25, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: |

Bedrock Topic: Inventory Accuracy

Inventory accuracy is often overlooked, but it is vital to to bottom line business results.Although a bedrock topic, inventory accuracy is often overlooked in operations strategy discussions as it becomes an assumption or something that just should occur. However, I am constantly reminded of its vital importance and impact [...]

Capacity Planning

The need for improved capacity and staffing analysis and decision-making arises frequently as a critical success factor with my clients, and so I thought a few tips would be beneficial: Start simple - Complex models don't drive results. Simple, easy-to-understand data will give you what you need to succeed. [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:36+00:00April 24, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|

8 Don’ts in Leveraging Social Networks Successfully

I've yet to meet a manufacturer or distributor that didn't want to improve customer service and operational performance - and preferably yesterday. In today's new normal business environment, it is a tough competitive environment - you must be ahead of your competition in understanding your customers' desires and provide [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:36+00:00April 24, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: |

Emerging Supply Chain Trends

Stay on top of trends to stand out from the crowd.Those executives who stay on top of the latest trends and search for patterns and trends in their business are far more successful than their counterparts. In my 20+ years of experience across multiple industries and globally, I've seen [...]

Improving Operational Efficiency

As I continually find, fundamentals are often overlooked yet critical to success; thus, it seems this is a great topic to take a look at.... What matters in your operation? - Forget about Lean, Six Sigma, TQM and the rest for now. In my experience, it is a distraction [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:36+00:00April 24, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: , |

Supply Chain Strategy – Formula for Success

Succeeding in today's new normal business environment requires thinking about supply chain strategy differently than we did ten years ago. Supply chains have become more complex - and global. Managing risk is multifaceted. Yet supply chains are the bread and butter of business success as customer satisfaction is not [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:37+00:00April 24, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: |
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