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The Impact of the Volatility

January 27, 2016 Certainly, you'd have to be hiding under a rock to not have heard about the wild swings in the global stock markets lately.  Although we've definitely become more comfortable with volatility, it still can cause executives to take a step back and think.  What if China's [...]

The Impact of China’s Slowdown

January 18, 2016 It is somewhat of a coincidence that I've heard a few presentations about China recently (thanks to international attorney and China guru John Tulac as one of these experts) which synced up with the stock market plunge in China - and in the U.S. (and thus [...]

2020-10-02T21:27:20+00:00January 18, 2016|Categories: I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , , , |

What’s Hot in Driving HUGE Results in Manufacturing & Distribution

You can’t take a magic pill to drive HUGE results in your manufacturing or distribution company, but rather look to the tried and true methods that drive business growth and productivity.As the year winds down, it seems like a great time to "take stock" - what is "hot"?  I [...]

Why My Best Clients Focus on Responsiveness

As customers continue to demand shorter lead times, it becomes imperative for manufacturers and distributors to become more responsive and improve order fulfillment cycle time.I've been working on my book The Amazon Effect lately, and it brings to mind the critical importance of responsiveness. There is no doubt that [...]

Supply Chain Trends

Slashing lead times is one of the most pressing supply chain trends. By identifying trends early on you can devise ways to leverage them to your advantage. I spoke to ISM (the Institute for Supply Management) last night about supply chain trends, and it reminded me of the importance [...]

The Good & Bad of Using Temps, Contractors & Consultants

When facing short-term staffing challenges, supplement your needs with temps, contractors or consultants. To be successful, be clear on the purpose and staff accordingly. I find that almost every one of my clients and prospective clients are growing significantly. One complication of growth is to find, upgrade and keep [...]

2020-09-28T16:17:56+00:00September 3, 2015|Categories: Talent|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

An IT Roadmap

Creating an IT roadmap shouldn’t be all about the bells and whistles of the system, but rather on the technology that supports the strategy and business objectives.Ever heard about 1's and 0's as it relates to computers? That level of detail is often what I see with systems. We [...]

Slashing Lead Times to Counter the ‘Amazon Effect’

Must you compromise quality for speed? Reducing lead time will increase customer satisfaction and avoid the Amazon Effect.My recent research report on the Amazon effect says that 67% of manufacturers and distributors feel customer service gaps when compared to Amazon-like offerings. One of those key areas is lead time. [...]

Types of Capacity

Businesses with growth ambitions have to gauge the current capacity of every facet of their facility to plan future productivity.Capacity is a critical element for any business – and especially those interested in growth! A good place to start is to understand your capacity, which can mean different things [...]

Manufacturers See Critical Importance of Collaboration

June 15, 2015 According to a recent KPMG survey on the Global Manufacturing Outlook, executives are thinking about innovation. 81% are altering their business models to to encourage collaboration with customers, suppliers and other partners to "improve the value of their innovation investments". Speed is critical. Thus, a key [...]

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