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Build a Solid Foundation with Data Integrity

Actionable data is only as valuable as the care and attention that goes into data entry.I recently was talking with a key client about the importance of building a foundation for new processes, and it sparked the idea for this article.  If there is one common problem my clients [...]

Do You Have Enough Female Leaders?

I attended the compelling Renaissance Executive Forums All Member meeting last week in the Inland Empire, and it got me thinking about female leaders. One of the keynote speakers discussed this topic. Who would think it would take me attending an event to think about an obviously appropriate topic? [...]

Supply Chain Trends

Keeping up on the latest supply chain trends can be invaluable for your career and your company success. I’ve never believed in “jumping on the latest bandwagon”, just to be in the cool crowd and to have the opportunity to work with the trendy topics. However, [...]

Master Scheduling Strategies to Add Value

A master schedule is an integral part of your production plan and communications to your team to centralize focus.I have yet to work with a client who couldn’t use improvement in their master planning process. Whether a company is squarely on the lean journey, traditional MRP or a combination [...]

The Project Managers Skill Gap

With manufacturers and distributors finding it increasingly difficult to find top talent, bridging the skills gap has become a leading managerial task for success and even survival.According to a recent survey, 87% of manufacturers and distributors cannot find the skills required to successfully run their businesses. These results didn’t surprise me [...]

100 Best Practices, Tips to Elevate Business Performance for Manufacturing

To celebrate my 100th Profit Through People(TM) newsletter, I wanted to share 100 of my favorite tips, best practices and strategies with you. I've covered many of these over the 10 years I have had my consulting business and it is my hope that they will give you and [...]

Outsourcing, In-sourcing, Near-sourcing?

American businesses may have miscalculated costs and benefits when they joined the outsourcing bandwagon. With the tide rolling back, what direction should you take?For many years, companies outsourced as a natural course of activity. Unfortunately, often times, they didn't even perform an analysis of the total benefit; instead, everyone [...]

Put the Spark Back in Manufacturing

The APICS-IE executive panel and networking symposium is an opportunity to join with your colleagues (and competitors) to learn and collaborate.Only those manufacturers and distributors who want to thrive in 2014 will join in, collaborate and be a bigger part of the community! In todays’ increasingly complex world, seemingly [...]

The Amazon Effect: Create a Customer Service Edge

Want to stand out from the crowd and provide loyalty-endearing service with rapid turnaround times? Create a customer service edge.There has never been a better time to create a customer service edge! Gone are the days of picking up the phone with easy orders on the other end! Although [...]

Don’t Prioritize!

Believe it or not, there is a time to throw out priorities! As much as I talk about priorities, I'm sure you're wondering if I've lost my mind by saying "don't prioritize". Possibly; however, there is a time to throw out priorities! What do you need to accomplish to [...]

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