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People, People, & People

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In real estate, almost everyone knows that location, location, location is the name of the game. The best house in the wrong location will not sell. It is imperative to pay attention to location. The same holds true in business success — it is all about people, people, and people. Who do you have on your team? Lately, in today’s Amazon-impacted business environment, we’ve been working with a few clients to rapidly increase service levels — to maintain happy customers, to grow the business, to gain a competitive advantage and for many more reasons. The degree and speed of success…
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The Elements of Project Success: A Case Study

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After leading hundreds of projects and participating with hundreds more, I’ve looked for what created project success. In this case study of project success, we asked questions: What was in common among the projects? Did the project teams do something in particular? Were they a certain type of project? Did the project sponsor do something unique? Did it matter if they crossed departments, organizations or parts of the world? Certainly, there had to be common traits that seemed to lead to project success – what were they? The most common factors determining success – achieving project results on time, on…
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The Importance of Recognition

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On the 10 year anniversary of my business, I recognized 10 people for 10 years as LMA Advocates — people who have gone over and beyond, resulting in LMA Consulting’s growth and success. I truly appreciate their support, expertise, ideas, feedback, etc. I would not be here today without them — and certainly not leading a growing consulting practice that helps manufacturers & distributors make — and keep — bold customer promises AND profits. I have the best job — helping clients and the people within my clients achieve significant successes. What could be better? At my 10-year bash, I committed to…
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I Can’t Find What I Need in My Warehouse!

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How many times have we heard this? Or, perhaps your inventory resource will keep looking until he/she finds it; however, it took them 3 times as long to pick product to ship or materials to supply the line? Perhaps the line shuts down…..not good! Unfortunately, in my experience with manufacturing and distribution companies over the last 25+ years, it happens every day. Logistics managers are constantly struggling to keep their inventory intact. The problem is that inventory accuracy is dependent on several factors spread across multiple functions: Transaction timing – it is not good enough to eventually (perhaps the end…
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The Importance of Global

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Just returning from meeting with my global advisory board in Sydney, I happened to speak to the International Business Group of ProVisors yesterday on “Global Supply Chain Partners: Associations, Networks & Resources”. Thus, I’ve been thinking about the importance of international considerations — regardless of the business. I cannot think of a client that doesn’t have some sort of international consideration — ranging from owning, partnering or sourcing manufacturing in China or Mexico to sourcing materials and parts from around the world to purchasing machinery from international companies to supporting customers globally to being impacted by global competition…..and the list…
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Solid Inventory Management Practices Remain Timeless

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Inventory management remains a timeless and vital topic for success. Every so often, we get away from talking about it on a consistent basis because it seems somewhat humdrum. But it isn’t! Earlier this year, I was asked to speak to a group of manufacturing leaders about it because of the ongoing importance. Then, I was asked to speak to a group of quality experts on the topic as it not only is timeless but it also crosses boundaries. Next, a peer group of manufacturing leaders asked me to speak on the topic. I didn’t have to be a rocket…
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Interest in Global Rises

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Since we are a more inter-connected world that ever before, the interest in global continues to rise. This does NOT mean that more manufacturers are outsourcing as the opposite is the current trend; however, companies need to be aware of the impacts of global – and so their interest in global is on the rise! There are also more terrorist attacks than ever before, and so of course, people are more interested in what’s going on in the world. To some degree, people are less likely to travel the world yet they are more interested in what’s going on around…
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“I’ve Been Thinking” About How Challenging ERP Can Be!

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I met with an good friend and former colleague last night.  I’ve made many mistakes over the years (who hasn’t?) but one thing I’ve done well is to stay in touch with TOP NOTCH people.  After all, people are the 80/20 of success.  Thus, although we haven’t worked together in 16 years, we have stayed in close touch and compared war stories along the way.  We both focus at least partly on ERP projects.  I’m an expert in ERP selection and design (check out my related proprietary process ACE to learn more), and she is an expert in Oracle and…
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Global Is “In”

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Having a global perspective can be helpful in determining what will impact your business supply chain, operations and sales.
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