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6 Pitfalls to Program Management Success for Manufacturing Leaders

Stay in the manufacturing game- avoid common program management pitfalls. In today’s business environment, manufacturing leaders must do more with less – and deliver superior customer service at the same time. In my 25 years of experience as an operations executive and global business consultant, I’m seeing an unprecedented [...]

Manufacturing Management Success: Managing in 2014’s Complex World

Complexity abounds in manufacturing management; can you rise to the challenge?Complexity abounds!  Supply chains are extended. Risks must be mitigated. Rules and regulations are increasing. Talent is in short supply.  95% of business is outside the U.S. yet expanding internationally brings challenges and complexity. Customers are demanding more for [...]

Warehousing Thoughts

Warehousing is often overlooked for its simplicity, but it’s one of the strongest links in your supply chain.Warehousing is an often overlooked area of the business. We store and ship. How hard can it be? Well, there are plenty of ways to dramatically improve your warehousing service and efficiency. [...]

Virtual Teams a “Must” in New Normal

Advances in telecommunications have created a new normal business environment that allows collaboration across functions, sites, organizations, and oceans—and continually raises customer expectations. Are you ready for 2014?Managing traditional supply chain teams will no longer be enough! Instead, in order to thrive in the new normal business environment, learning [...]

Is On-the-job Training Enough?

On-the-job training is rarely enough! In a survey conducted by my firm, LMA Consulting Group Inc. in conjunction with the APICS-Inland Empire chapter, it was found that on-the-job training is the most frequent methodology used to train workers yet 87% of manufacturers and distributors surveyed are experiencing a skills gap.  What [...]

The Skills Gap

Many manufacturers and distributors are faced with bridging the skills gap in current employees and new hires. I recently partnered with the APICS (the leading association for supply chain and operations management) Inland Empire chapter to complete a survey on skill gaps as it is becoming a critical topic [...]

Hot Supply Chain Trends

Noticing hot supply chain trends first is a great way to leverage emerging trends and stay ahead of the competition.An often overlooked secret to success is to be a front-runner in identifying and leveraging emerging trends. Since I work with manufacturers and distributors from small to large and local [...]

Strategic Priorities

Having the right business priorities will keep your organization ahead of the rest. I thought it might be interesting to brainstorm top strategic priorities commonplace today for manufacturers and distributors. Speed - More and more, I'm seeing speed enter the contest as a key strategic priority. How do you [...]

Lessons Learned: ERP Failure

How effective is your ERP selection and implementation process?Published in "The ACA Group" website, November, 2011 Click here for original article. ERP system implementations fell off the grid during the recession; however, I've seen resurgence in the last year. Companies are thinking about investing again. However, although businesses are [...]

Quality Tips

Manufacturers can no longer count on customer loyalty but they can expect customers’ continued demands for quality products and service.Quality has seemingly fallen out of favor in terms of the number of articles and attention in industry circles; however, it remains a bedrock principle for customer service and profitability [...]

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