Ellen Kane, CPIM

Ellen Kane has over 20 years of experience in designing and implementing manufacturing and distribution systems (both computer and manual) to solve “real world” problems. She has held data processing and line management positions in several manufacturing companies.Ellen is the founder of Ellen Kane & Associates, a consulting firm which specializes in assisting companies in:

  • Design and implementation of cost-effective bar code systems
  • Evaluating and implementing ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems to ensure full benefits are received
  • Solving manufacturing or distribution problems in a practical, understandable way

Ellen Kane & Associates offers the following services:

  • Project management for manufacturing and distribution companies including areas such as engineering, inventory control, planning, sales, marketing, and finance
  • Complete systems integration for bar code systems (design, hardware selection, implementation and training)
  • Business systems analysis on manufacturing, distribution or bar code applications
  • Guidance/leadership on requirements definition studies (to clearly define needs and benefits before systems are created)

Prior to forming Ellen Kane & Associates, Ellen was directly responsible for software development, enhancements, and total company implementations in both manufacturing and software development companies. She held positions including Vice President of Planning, Director of Data Processing, and Project Manager.

Her major accomplishments included:

Bar Code:

  • Designed, implemented, documented and trained on Bar Code receiving/shipping system that reduced manual paperwork by 75%, reduced clerical staff by 50%.
  • Led corporate team that developed bar code standards used by 6 divisions.
  • Purchased equipment and software, and trained users to operate label printers.


  • Managed implementation of ERP system with $5M inventory reduction in 1 year.
  • Developed “World Class” measurements, and automated reporting.
  • Designed spreadsheets and templates to plan capacity and do flexible scheduling of assembly lines.
  • Automated multiple part substitutions, saving hours of manual data entry.


  • Managed the relocation and start-up of new corporate distribution center.
  • Established and ran Customer Service parts department including pricing policies.

Management Information Systems:

  • Developed a 5-year Information Technology plan for information requirements.
  • Designed and implemented a corrective action plan to maximize computer resources.

Ellen is certified as a Practitioner in Inventory Management (CPIM) by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) and is past president of the San Fernando Valley chapter of APICS. She has been a guest speaker at local chapter meetings and is an instructor at CSUN. She received her BA degree in mathematics from UCLA.

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