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The Skills Gap is Alive and Well in California

Job openings are still on the rise in California but for supply chain so is the skills gap, which is a hiring headache that then shifts the attention on employee retention. California was responsible for 1/3 of all new jobs added in August in the nation!  I see this [...]

2023-09-19T07:53:41-07:00September 25, 2014|Categories: Talent & Leadership, Talent / Skills Gap|Tags: , , , |

Home Depot Data Breach: Are You Prepared?

Published September 19, 2014 Home Depot has been in the news lately about the recent data breach. It turns out that it is FAR bigger than Target's data breach. 56 million cards might be affected. This is the latest in a series of big retailers woes with data security. [...]

2023-09-19T07:36:16-07:00September 19, 2014|Categories: Business & the Economy, I've Been Thinking|Tags: , , , |

The Manufacturing Connector – The Strongest Link in Your Supply Chain

When I talk about The Manufacturing Connector(SM), I am referring to the comprehensive process to connect the rapid assessment and identification of key priorities with the execution of results through the right combination of end-to-end supply chain expertise and improvements in people, processes and systems. When going into more [...]

2023-09-07T05:55:59-07:00September 10, 2014|Categories: Supply Chain|Tags: |

The Manufacturing Connector – Eagle Eye

It’s easy to lose track of priorities with so many competing distractions in the supply chain business, but a vigilant and observant team will spot the essential priorities and get down to the business of achieving results. When I talk about The Manufacturing Connector(SM), I am referring to the [...]

The Manufacturing Connector – Profit through People

More than ever manufacturing and distribution operations are linked and fueled by people worldwide. When you make them the cornerstone of your success profit will follow. When I talk about The Manufacturing Connector(SM), I am referring to the comprehensive process to connect the rapid assessment and identification of key [...]

Become the Strongest Link in Your Supply Chain

With so many variables in manufacturing, distribution, and customer service, bolstering the strength of every link in your supply chain depends on calculated efforts put into strategic improvements. As The Manufacturing Connector(SM), I work with clients on a comprehensive process to connect the rapid assessment and identification of key [...]

Amazon & US Postal Service Collaborate for Success

Published September 5, 2014 According to today's Wall Street Journal, Amazon and the US Postal Service are testing a new delivery service for groceries including meat, produce etc. They already partner on Sunday deliveries and are expanding their collaboration efforts to see if this new model can be successful. [...]

What can we learn from Amazon with service?

Amazon has led the way with customer service innovations. Companies have to meet and exceed these new standards to impress customers and retain their business. Amazon has certainly made a splash in recent years with out-of-the-box thinking in terms of customer service!  Who thought Sunday deliveries would be possible?  [...]

Demand Planning Best Practices

A reenergized demand plan is fortified with meaningful data trends that point the way to improved service levels and increased profit margins. Sales and operations planning, also known as S&OP or SIOP (to include inventory) processes are key to improving service levels, accelerating cash flow and increasing margins.  Thus, [...]

Overcoming Project Bottlenecks

Every manager juggles several projects at once, some more troublesome than others. Clearing your path of obstacles is a constant burden but with preparation, calm, creativity, and decisiveness, you can dodge roadblocks that obstruct project success. Published in “Project Times” website, May 20, 2014 Click here for original article. [...]

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