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Robots Taking on Pharmaceuticals & Food?

June 22, 2018 According to the Wall Street Journal, robots are taking on pharmaceuticals and food preparation. In pharmaceuticals, companies like Eli Lilly and GlaxoSmithKline are investing heavily in automation to radically change the process of drug discovery. If robots can handle thousands of samples around the clock, although [...]

Technology – Should We Take It or Leave It?

Technology is a hot topic. It seems we can’t stop talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI), 3D printers, and Autonomous Vehicles. But many technologies can be fads. Pay attention to what value can be gained before buying in.Technology is a hot topic.  Artificial intelligence.  Autonomous vehicles. 3D printers and additive [...]

The Right Combination of Technical & Communication Skills ROCKS!

February 18, 2017 I am the Chair of the APICS West Coast student case competition, and we just wrapped up our 2017 event.  We had 104 students from around the world fly into San Diego to compete.  It was a really impressive group of students!     The competition [...]

Case Study in the Power of Design

Taking a big picture view while simultaneously eyeing execution when implementing an ERP system will help companies not only achieve desired results, but do it quickly.Situation:  Our client had implemented an ERP system several years ago. As is typical when a system is implemented, they implemented the basics and [...]

Why Looking at Return on Investment (ROI) is So Much Better than Cost

How many times have you heard about managing cost (or saving money) in the past week? I bet quite a few as almost all companies focus significant efforts on cost. In all functions and certainly if you are in or responsible for Operations, a large portion of your responsibility [...]

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