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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 [...]

Managers and Leaders: What’s the Difference?

Take a moment to consider a wonderful leader that you have met in your life. That person could be a famous personality, perhaps a Martin Luther King, a Mahatma Gandhi, a Ronald Reagan, or a John F. Kennedy. Perhaps the [...]

Why it’s Time to Consider the Cloud

Have you started using the cloud in your business? If not, you should absolutely consider it. Businesses seem to be reporting success with the cloud left and right, and for good reason! Supply Chain Management Review said, "Quite simply, cloud [...]

Collaboration Between Sales and Demand Planning

Creating channels for efficient communication and collaboration between your sales department and demand planning can have great results. The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning said, “This allows the organization to capture what we know in current sales levels and [...]

The Future of Inventory Management: Five Predictions

For many companies, inventory management is where all the elements of the supply chain converge. Inventory may be seen as the bloodstream of any competitive business. Its unobstructed flow is critical to the well being of any organization that trades [...]

46% of Companies are Making this Mistake When it Comes to S&OP

Consumers are fickle. It’s a fact. According to a recent research by Accenture, people report switching brands more than they did a few years ago, despite the fact that brands are investing $90+ billion in loyalty programs. As channels expand, [...]

Automation in Supply Chain

What is workflow automation? How is it implemented? Manufacturing.net said, "Starting small with workflow automation allows organizations to streamline simple manual process like contract signatures and work all the way up to more complex tasks, such as supplier performance management." [...]

Current Trends in Supply Chain and Transportation

Technology is changing just about every industry today, supply chain and transportation included. Economic and industry fundamentals are changing, demand is rising, and customer expectations are shifting. Forbes reported on the “Amazon Effect” saying, “In particular, customer demands for ever [...]

The Forecast and the Plan: What’s the Difference?

Imagine a new professional, walking into her first Sales and Operations Planning Meeting at the multinational corporation who hired her only a few weeks earlier. This is a big moment for the new employee. The meeting might be awash with [...]

Logistics and Supply Chain Differences

Did you know that logistics and supply chain actually have different meanings? Tech Target said, “Although the terms logistics and supply chain management are often used interchangeably, when it comes to software, logistics generally focuses on a more narrow area [...]

Demand Management: Linking the Market to Operations Management

All businesses, whether they be commercial, profit-seeking companies or not-for-profit altruistic enterprises, manage demand. It is so common, that we might not even be aware that we are doing it. We do it in our everyday lives, as we manage [...]

Data—Our New Natural Resource

As I walked the floor at this year’s APICS conference and sat through a variety of educational sessions, I was reminded of a phrase I heard recently: “Data is becoming a new natural resource.” The statistics are quite mind-boggling. According [...]

Understanding the Basics of Blockchain and Supply Chain

Blockchain has become a major buzzword, but many people still don't quite know what it is or how it could apply to their business. The simple explanation is that it's a software to help conceptualize and plan easier - and it [...]

Do You Know These Financial Metrics?

When it comes down to the bottom line, your decisions have financial impacts. The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning said, “The profit and loss statement often gets the most attention, since it shows the revenue, the cost of goods [...]
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