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Some ways you can manage the talent shortage

There is a current shortage in manufacturing labor, so businesses are getting creative! One way you can retain talent is by convincing retirement-aged workers to stay with incentives. You could also increase talent by partnering with a school to create [...]

Ways you can beat the labor shortage this year

Everyone is talking about the labor shortage - and for good reason! Attracting and retaining employees seems to be harder than ever. One way you can tackle this is be trying to retain retirement-age employees with incentives and benefits. You [...]

Which kinds of leaders should encourage a growth mindset?

Bill Joiner claims there are five types of leaders; experts, achievers, and catalyst leaders. Experts have passion for what they do and problem solving skills but tend to not seek feedback from their employees enough. Achievers are typically more collaborative [...]

Reasons to be optimistic about manufacturing right now

Spirits are high in the manufacturing world. In fact, 87.9% of small manufacturers reported that they were feeling optimistic! Growth rates and employee wages are expected to increase and businesses are trying to expand. While the labor gap is still [...]

Keep an eye on these trends in 2019

Supply Chain Academy said the main trends to watch for supply chain in 2019 are AI, wearable devices, sustainability, visibility, and risk management. AI is important because it could truly affect every part of the supply chain, increasing efficiency along [...]

Who should be planning for 2020 already?

2019 just started, how could it already be time to plan for 2020? Ocean cargo shippers should be planning that far ahead. The International Maritime Organization’s global emissions regulations should go into effect at the beginning of next year and [...]

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 trends – Risk vs. Reward

Industry 4.0 may seem like a risk, but it’s actually becoming more risky to hold off. So, what is the risk vs. reward? A significant percentage of manufacturing companies are moving forward with industry 4.0 projects and you don’t want [...]

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 [...]
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