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Have You Heard Horror Stories about ERP?

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Since we are known in ERP circles, it is a topic that comes up in conversation frequently.  Recently, at an Executive Forums meeting, one member talked about a situation he knew about where the company lost half its sales after a failed ERP implementation, and they ended up reverting back to their old system.  Can you imagine? The unfortunate thing is this is not uncommon although it is a more dramatic example. ERP isn’t bad.  It is essential in achieving scalable, profitable growth although sometimes it can seem bad and have just horrible results. Similarly, no particular ERP system is…
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The Amazon Effect Remains Hot

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Our marketing guru asked whether we should start talking about other topics aside from the Amazon Effect since there are a vast number of key topics occurring in manufacturing and distribution, and she wondered if it was becoming stale (and it’s her job to make us look at timely as possible). The answer came in from all angles – conference leaders continue to request this topic, news reporters continue to ask about it (including the Wall Street Journal in a recent conversation) and everyone is STILL talking about it. For example, when the Ontario Chamber CEO mentioned this topic for…
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The Economy and the Inland Empire are on Fire!

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IE Forecasts Since we attended not one but two economic forecast events last week (one hosted by Claremont McKenna and one hosted by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership), we thought it made sense to share the take-aways:     The economy has never looked better especially in the Inland Empire – All the signs point up.  Even though folks are concerned about when the other shoe will drop, from an economic point-of-view, all appears positive.  Jobs at record levels with the Inland Empire leading California –  We are virtually at zero unemployment. Perhaps we need to be concerned about retaining…
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Who Gets the Talent?

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The Talent War In today’s era of growth, talent is in short supply.  Clients are finding that they do not have the talent required to support profitable growth, and so they are searching.  They are in a tough spot because stealing talent away from current employers has proven quite the challenge. Employers are offering incentives to stay put.  The bottom line – there is a war on talent. Who gets the talent? Qualified Talent While recently assisting a client to find top notch, technical talent through traditional on-line sources, we can definitely say it is an exercise in frustration.  Although they…
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Transportation Capacity Tight & Rates on the Rise

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Transportation capacity is tight and rates are on the rise. And,  it doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon!  The lack of qualified drivers, tighter enforcement of driver work rules and the dramatic changes brought on by e-commerce are creating challenges for shippers not to mention higher rates.  According to the Journal of Commerce and the 2018 TPM Conference, impacts abound with “rollover freight”, dropped tenders and longer transit times. The last one is key – in today’s Amazon-impacted market, customers expect quicker deliveries; not extended ones!  Are you thinking about transportation trends and the impacts on your company?  …
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