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Integrate AI in Manufacturing to Raise the Bar

According to Polaris Market Research, the market size of artificial intelligence (AI) in manufacturing is predicted to grow more than 41% during the next decade. Although the latest Sikich Industry Pulse found that less than 20% manufacturers have started to implement AI [...]

How to Evaluate ERP Systems & Related Technologies

Only companies that automate, digitize, and utilize modern ERP systems and advanced technologies will survive, let alone thrive during the next decade. There is no doubt that volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) have increased in importance since the pandemic, and even though progress has occurred, there is no end in sight.

Prepared Manufacturers Will Thrive as Supply Chain Risks Abound

Executives are tired after surviving the pandemic, navigating supply chain disruptions, handling soaring inflation, and dealing with one challenge after another. However, it is not time to rest as supply chain risks abound.

Predictable Revenue & Resilient Operations for Manufacturing Success

Manufacturing is in a state of flux. After seven straight months of contraction in manufacturing, it is not surprising manufacturers are thinking about cutting back. On the other hand, in many industries, manufacturers continue to have a robust backlog and are growing faster than their capacity.

How Smart Manufacturers Are Navigating Interest Rate Hikes

Interest rates have increased by a historic amount within the last year. Increases of almost 5 points on such an aggressive timeline is already having a significant impact on manufacturers and distributor’s ability to fund and support their business growth.

Manufacturing Opportunities in e-Commerce

Originally published in Brushware, March-April, 2023 According to Insider Intelligence, the US B2B e-commerce sales will be over $2 trillion by 2024. Digital Commerce 360 said that manufacturers’ B2B e-commerce sales have been growing at an annual rate of 16% since 2016 which is almost 1.5 times faster than [...]

Supply Chain Disruption Has Become an Excuse: Only the Proactive Will Thrive in 2024

Supply chain has become an excuse. Although there has certainly been a slew of supply chain challenges that carry on with baby formula shortages, rail backlogs, computer chip issues, hurricane induced delays, fertilizer scarcity, and China’s zero-COVID policy delays, supply chain should no longer be the excuse. Only the [...]

Case Study: Strategies to Successfully Navigate Inflation

As originally published in Brushware Magazine on Sept/ Oct 2022. Inflation continues to plague the world with escalating prices across a spectrum of products and services. The price of oil and gas has continued to rise and supply chain challenges persist, creating inflationary pressures across the board. Even though [...]

Using ERP & Related Technologies to Automate, Digitize & Thrive

Manufacturers utilize less than 20% of the full functionality of their ERP systems. But the key question is, why does it matter? In today’s inflationary and supply chain disrupted business environment, manufacturers need to automate and digitize to ‘do more with less’ and thrive during these volatile times. One important way to achieve this goal is to further leverage your ERP system where it will make a difference.

Brushware Magazine: Inflation Busters: Protecting Profits as Costs Rise

"Proactively managing cash flow is critical right now," says Lisa Anderson, president of LMA Consulting Group, Claremont, Calif. This can be done by running periodic forecasts.
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