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6 Tips for Better Supply Chain Planning: Planning Resolutions for the New Year

Every January, millions of people start the New Year with a list of resolutions.  From weight loss to career to finances, the list of things to change and improve are diverse and aimed at pushing someone to the next level. [...]

The Human Factor in Manufacturing

Reports that say robots are taking over jobs in manufacturing aren’t accounting for “the human factor.” In fact, Industry Week reported that humans perform 72% of tasks in manufacturing. They said, “Humans are and will remain integral to the manufacturing [...]

Places to Improve in your S&OP Process

Process and technology may be improving S&OP, but there are always places to improve. As much as possible, try to get your executive team informed and in the loop. Kumar Singh said, “Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex and as [...]

If You Want More Manufacturing Innovation – Don’t do these things!

Are you fostering or preventing innovation in your organization? Industry Week came up with a list of five ways you might be preventing top-notch innovation, so make sure to avoid these! They say many companies aren’t providing innovation training or [...]

Five Trends for Manufacturing Revenue Leaders

Industry Week identified five trends for manufacturing revenue leaders; re-alignment of sales forces around highest priority customers, digital investment, struggle for talent, pay-for-performance in compensation, and professionalizing sales operations. Investing in digital access channels is a huge priority for many [...]

New Ways Technology is Impacting Supply Chain

Improvements in technology are always affecting supply chain. Here are some that will be making an impact in the next two years! Cloud-based commerce networks will increase efficiency by speeding up communication while micrologistics will impact distribution strategies. Flexible postponement [...]

Is your Sales and Operations Planning just Mediocre?

Even in the places you think you’re doing a good job, there is often room to improve. Ventana Research reported that many companies are not doing as well as they might think saying, “The Dynamic Insight analysis suggests that many [...]

Creating Apprentice Opportunities in Manufacturing Automation

Automation is coming fast, and there are so many career opportunities coming with it! Unfortunately, not enough people have the skills needed to fill those positions. Industry Week said, “I think it is fair to say that American companies rushed [...]

S&OP: The Gift That Keeps Giving

S&OP is a business process and a set of best practices, and at its core, S&OP is a philosophy that allows companies to collaborate and make trade-offs and reality-based compromises among departments to balance sales and marketing requirements with operations [...]

DemandCaster Recognized as a Top Demand Forecasting Software Solution Provider

Today’s customers are more connected than ever before. If they don’t find what they are looking for from one source, they’ll find it from another. Out-of-stock can quickly mean out-of-business, so accurately predicting customer trends and reacting to them is [...]

Smart Manufacturing Concept Defined

What exactly is the smart manufacturing concept? Dave Turbide says it comes down to visibility and connectivity. He also said, “Extensive use of industrial internet of things (IIoT) sensors and devices provide much of the enabling technology, while increasingly sophisticated [...]

Industry 4.0 – Risk vs. Reward

Industry 4.0 may seem like a risk, but it’s actually becoming more risky to hold off. A significant percentage of manufacturing companies are moving forward with industry 4.0 projects and you don’t want to be left in the dust. However, [...]

MRP – A Key Enabler of Agile Manufacturing

Over its roughly fifty-year lifespan, Material Requirements Planning (MRP) has been established as one of the most powerful and influential innovations in manufacturing technology. Introduced and popularized by Joseph Orlicky through his book Material Requirements Planning (MRP): The New Way [...]

A Focus on the Eighth Lean Waste in Manufacturing

There were originally seven wastes of lean manufacturing, but an eighth was added in the 1990s that should not be ignored! Dave Turbide said, “Variously called unused human creativity, under-utilized talent, incorrect use of abilities, unused human intellect, or simply [...]

IoT is changing the industry – how are you managing those changes?

Have your employees bought into the changes you’re making or are they still skeptical? Have you thought about changing to a culture-first organization? Automation World asked the question - since the industry is so groomed to follow process, how does [...]

How to Get Ahead in Digital Manufacturing

What does it take to get ahead in digital manufacturing? Deloitte determined that businesses succeeding are doing four things; adopting a long-term, dynamic approach to digital strategy, using the power of the ecosystem, confidence in leadership and workforce talent, and [...]

Staying Ahead of Technology Trends in Supply Chain

Important trends to follow in manufacturing revolve around technology this year. It’s important for businesses to not only keep up with trends, but stay ahead of the curve and predict what’s to come. Mospaze says the six trends to watch [...]

Federal Government Unveils Manufacturing Leadership Strategy

The federal government is chiming in on manufacturing strategies, because they want the U.S. to be a leader in the industry. Alliance for American Manufacturing reported, “The 40-page strategy document focuses on three key goals: the development and transition of [...]

Improving warehouse inventory management

Warehouse inventory management is one thing that can have a big impact on productivity. All Things Supply Chain put together a list of 9 ways you can better manage your inventory. First things first, plan your space. As they said, [...]

Technology Helps Brands Grow Beyond

In the 2018 National Manufacturing Outlook and Insights report, manufacturers expressed remarkable optimism for their industry and businesses in 2018. More than half of those that responded to the survey that generated the report indicated that they expected growth within [...]

How much do you know about MRP?

How much do you know about MRP? Material requirements planning (MRP) is very commonly used in supply chain. Did you know that an IBM engineer created it after studying Toyota's lean manufacturing techniques? They are not the same, though. Tech [...]
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