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The Digital Transformation

I’ll be talking more and more about the digital transformation as it will impact every client in a substantial way. Recently I met with a significant, regional CPA firm’s manufacturing and technology experts. We saved time to discuss thought leadership ideas which of course crossed over into the digital [...]

Let’s Manage Inventory for Our Customers

Amazon is propelling this age-old topic into a new realm. Since the CEO of the Ontario Airport Authority used the phrase “last mile” has become “last minute” on a panel I facilitated last year, I have shamelessly reapplied his brillant quote. If customers don’t even know what they want, [...]

Can You Fit 10 Hours into 8?

Customers have come to expect instantaneous delivery. Here are 8 questions to consider when weighing time vs. money.In today's Amazon-impacted world, we want everything yesterday.  We are in a perpetual time-crunch.  In that light, none of the executives we work with have enough time to complete his/her priority list [...]

SIOP Success is a Straight Line to People

The technical aspects of SIOP still have to filter through people. Success happens when everyone in an organization is operating from a single integrated plan. As with everything in business success, SIOP (sales, inventory and operations planning) success is a straight line back to people. Thus, it is the [...]

Why Planning is at the Crux of Success

May 25, 2016 I just had a brainstorming session with one of my key clients about the integrated planning process - in essence, how demand and supply match up to ensure customer service (which is #1 for every client in today's environment), growth, and improved margins and cash flow. [...]

Why We Should Pay Attention to Inventory

May 12, 2016 I presented on "Inventory Accuracy Remains Core to Success" at ASQ (American Society of Quality) Palomar tonight, and we had great questions and discussions on why inventory is important for success. In essence, it boils down to 3 C's - cost, cash and customer service. What [...]

Should Supply Chain be a Strategic Function?

Because your supply chain has a long and important reach from suppliers to customers, it is one of your key areas to strategize to ensure profitability.Only if you want to ensure results! My view of supply chain is from your suppliers’ supplier through your manufacturing processes (internal and external) [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:30+00:00March 18, 2016|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: , , , , , |

The SIOP Conveyor Belt Analogy

The ongoing planning and adjustments integral to the SIOP is like a conveyor belt carrying along current data and processes until they become history.SIOP (Sales, inventory, & operations planning) is a methodology of sorts that aligns demand with supply – and, more importantly, the various functions of the organization, [...]

Is Your Inventory System Working?

In my experience in working with clients across multiple industries, geographies and sizes, I have no doubt that effective inventory management is far from a no-brainer, yet implementing a few secrets to success can yield dramatic bottom line results. In today's new normal business environment, characterized by sluggish growth, [...]

2020-10-07T23:53:28+00:00April 25, 2013|Categories: ERP, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Technology|Tags: , |

Got Cash?

You wouldn’t think so from the way companies are hoarding cash; however, in general, they have a stockpile of cash and remain leery to spend it. Last year, there was a 2% decrease in days working capital (DWC), according to CFO Magazine. Not significant by any means. Interestingly, all [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:37+00:00September 12, 2011|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: , , , |
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