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Are You Ready for a Systems Transformation?

The need for a systems transformation seems to be arising more frequently lately.  How do you know if it is time to consider a systems transformation?  Let's start by defining a systems transformation.  In essence, a systems transformation is an upgrade of the way you perform business inclusive of [...]

Which Business Best Practices Do Top Notch Trusted Advisors See?

Best business practices, this way....In my ProVisors ODAM (Ontario-hosted Distributors and Manufacturers group – don’t you love the play on words?) meeting this month, we discussed business best practices we’ve seen with our manufacturing and distribution clients. It was a fascinating discussion as our group is diverse and consists [...]

What are the Best Referrals You’ve Received?

Provisors members sharing their best referral stories I lead a group of trusted advisors for ProVisors in the Inland Empire, and we celebrated our five year anniversary in September. It was a fun celebration and interesting to see how many long-term members we have, who have gained significant benefit [...]

A Tour of Skechers & Jaw Dropping Savings

August 24, 2017 Recently, I went on a tour of Skechers with my ProVisors group.  We had heard so much about the building and related innovations from the developer, Iddo Benzeevi, previously that we were really excited to see it in action.  There are truly jaw dropping savings - [...]

Even The Best System Will Fail Without Talent

It’s paramount in business to have the “right” people at the table.As an ERP expert, it is quite clear to me that even the best systems will fail miserably if they don't possess talent. Don't even bother to select and implement an ERP system if you don't have the [...]

Why Executives Should Care About ERP Strategy

Incorporate ERP strategy discussions into executive meetings. It matters.Lately, we've been called into several clients with ERP challenges that directly impact business growth and success.  Do you desire profitable growth?  If so, add ERP into your strategic discussions. Would you delegate a decision that could literally "make or break" [...]

Collaboration & Judgment Can Achieve Wonders

August 11, 2017 Earlier this week, I spoke to APICS Ventura County on the topic of SIOP (Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning).  It was a great conversation because it was really interactive with probing questions on not just the theory and concepts but how to "make it work" - [...]

Raising the Bar With Customer Service

Do your internal operations have a significant impact on your customer service levels?  Yes, in every single client, they can have a dramatic effect! For example, we recently worked with a client that wanted to raise the bar when it came to service levels.  Over time, product mix, distribution [...]

Getting Out of the Weeds to See the Forest

August 2, 2017 Lately, I've been working with several clients who are interested in "getting out of the weeds" so that they can see the forest.  In a few cases the last few weeks, we have talked about strategy and reviewed key information about customers, demand, supply and financials. [...]

The Impact of Supply Chain Strategy

Stay on top of your supply chain strategy.Can supply chain strategy have a profound impact on your bottom line? Without a doubt! Recently, we worked with a client that wanted to review their operations strategy and look for ways to optimize and improve. To begin, we evaluated many business [...]

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