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JIT Might Not Be What it is Cracked Up to Be?!

Just-in-time might not be what it is cracked up to be! Certainly, the coronavirus impacts should give us reason to question this rule at face value. Are you running so tight that you only have one bin, pallet or small supermarket to keep your facility running? If so, the [...]

The Value of Demand Planning

In supply chain circles, there are lots of exciting concepts to discuss and debate such as lean, master scheduling, theory of constraints and many more; however, we have found that our most successful clients start with the customer!   If you concur that we are in an Amazon-impacted marketplace where [...]

Why Blame Doesn’t Work

September 16, 2016 I've been spending the majority of my time this week with two clients:  one is preparing to go live on a new ERP system and the other is working to improve service levels by implementing improved planning and order flow processes.  Although these specific objectives are [...]

Which Planning Method is Best?

Use a combination approach to inventory management planning to promote growth, increase profits, free up cash flow and improve operational efficiency.I've incorporated three planning method options into a presentation on inventory management best practices. I've been receiving more and more requests for this topic as executives experience the impact [...]

2020-10-07T23:51:30+00:00March 23, 2016|Categories: Manufacturing, Supply Chain|Tags: , , , , , |

Lessons Learned from a Genius Businessman

Harry used uncommon common sense to spot opportunities to turn around companies. His wisdom, integrity and generosity will be missed. My best friend's dad was as close to a business genius as I've stood. He made his employers rich beyond their wildest dreams yet he was happy with this [...]

2020-09-28T15:37:42+00:00February 12, 2016|Categories: Talent|Tags: , , , , , , |

10 Ways to Stay Focused on the Critical Path

Maintaining focus on projects in the midst of business volatility is challenging, but preparing a road map with team strategies to concentrate on the critical path will ensure success. Published in "Project Times" website, October 23, 2015 Click here for original article. Remaining focused on any one strategy, project [...]

Observe to Rule the Roost

Sometimes the productive road to performance improvement is to just observe and ask questions. From observation, ideas emerge, issues pop out and you can take directed action to make positive change. It is interesting how effective the powers of observation can be! Take a step back and observe what [...]

2020-09-25T23:28:10+00:00December 17, 2015|Categories: Strategy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Should We Always Aim to Reduce Inventory Levels?

Though reducing inventory is generally advisable special situations arise when stocking inventory makes good business sense.Certainly reducing inventory on hand is typically preferred as you can accelerate your cash flow. It is one of the key focus areas of my consulting practice. I have found that reducing inventory by [...]

What Sort of People Culture Do You Need for Lean?

Team attitude, knowledge, skills, and resources will make or break the successful implementation of lean. The best managers prepare the company culture for a bumpy but rewarding ride. It just so happens I've been working closely with a few lean gurus in the last 6 months, and I've been [...]

How To Elevate Business Performance with Lean I.T.

Technological innovations are abundant, even overwhelming. Rather than trying to modernize at every turn seek to leverage your I.T. department to provide maximum efficiency without non-value added work.We hear a lot about lean, Toyota Production System and the like; however, I rarely hear about Lean I.T.  A friend and [...]

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