A Systems Checkup

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Early in the year is the appropriate time for a systems audit. Do you and your have clarity on your current processes. Take the time to see how your processes interface with all areas of your organization.
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Top Management’s Vision & Values – the Key to Successful Operations!

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What is the common denominator in successful companies? Top Management Vision & Values. Read more for an excellent example.
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The Value of Demand Planning

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In supply chain circles there are a lot of exciting concepts to discuss and debate such as: lean, master scheduling, theory of constraints, and many more; however, we have found that our most successful clients start with the customer!
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Do You Have an Eye to the Future?

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Do you have an eye on the future? Take a few minutes to consider this question. We should be keeping an eye on the future and building agility in our strategy setting process.
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Do You See Your People as Assets or Expenses?

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Ponder this question: How do you see your people? Assets or expenses? We all might like to jump to the answer of assets but is it true? A few questions to consider include: if sales are down for the quarter, do you think about investing in people to grow the business or cutting back on people to keep margins steady?
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Best Practices and the Bellagio Fountain

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Kash Gokli (head of Harvey Mudd’s manufacturing and clinic programs) and I led our 12th Harvey Mudd executive roundtable last week on the topic of best practices. One executive spoke about the importance of human capital. Also, think about how you can grow with or without money invested. Regardless of where you are, best practices are well-worth the investment.
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Tariff News & Impacts….Whirlpool Adds People; LG Raises Prices

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Tariff News & Impacts….Whirlpool Adds People; LG Raises Price| President Trump just announced that the U.S. would impose a tariff up to 50% on large residential washing machines.  Almost immediately, the news started to emerge. According to an Industry Week article, Whirlpool plans to add around 200 jobs in their Ohio facility and announced plans to increase investment.
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The Latest Trends

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I recently spoke on the topic of the latest trends and what is in store for 2018. The Amazon Effect is still top of mind as well as near-sourcing, finding a “right fit” team member and technology. You need to be thinking of how these trends are likely to impact your business.
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Big Grocery Chains Ramping Up Pressure on Food Suppliers

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According to the Wall Street Journal the grocery industry is waking up to the importance of on time delivery and customer service as they compete with on-time retailers. Are you paying close attention and finding ways to get ahead?
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