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Supply Chain

A Few Secrets to Plant Manager Success

Today's international business climate is becoming more and more competitive and tough to stand out in the crowd. Additionally, more and more plant operations are moving to Mexico, China and other countries where there are lower wage rates, less intensive laws (workers compensation), etc. To succeed in today's environment, [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:35+00:00April 25, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|

Finance… bean-counters or value added resources?

The global business community is becoming more and more competitive. In order to survive, you no longer have to be one of the best "on your block" or one of the best in the USA; instead, you must be one of the best in the world. It is becoming [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:35+00:00April 25, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|

Strategy – it doesn’t fail in formulation; it fails in execution

It is interesting to sit back and watch as companies spend millions of dollars on strategy formulation, just to achieve minimal results due to poor execution. Yet, the process repeats constantly - more money is dumped into strategy formulation, 3 ring binders, fancy Power Point slides, etc. On the [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:35+00:00April 25, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Strategy, Supply Chain|

Quality Tips

Manufacturers can no longer count on customer loyalty but they can expect customers’ continued demands for quality products and service.Quality has seemingly fallen out of favor in terms of the number of articles and attention in industry circles; however, it remains a bedrock principle for customer service and profitability [...]

Customer Service

Exceptional customer service and customer relations can make or break your business: Focus on providing value - know what your customers' value (service, price, features, lead time, etc). How can you be better than everyone else in providing your customer's priorities? Don't over-promise - it is far more important [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:35+00:00April 25, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|

Commodity Businesses, Throw Out Continuous Improvement!

I was asked to give a speech in January of 2008 on trends and opportunities of 2008. While researching for the speech, I reviewed the last several months of Wall Street Journal alerts and other trends, and the overall story was downright scary - oil continues to push to [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:35+00:00April 25, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|

Sarbanes Oxley

Meant to protect investors and increase transparency in corporate accounting, implementing the Sarbanes Oxley Act takes some organizational introspection.The 2002 Sarbanes Oxley legislation (new, enhanced standards for all U.S. public companies) was established in response to high-profile financial scandals (Enron etc) in order to protect shareholders and the general [...]

Customer Collaboration

Customer collaboration is always a good idea; however, leveraging customer collaboration during challenging economic times can be one of the keys 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 [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:35+00:00April 25, 2013|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: , |
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