Tag Archive: continuous improvement

Ensuring Success with Your ERP Initiative: Tools and Techniques for Driving Change

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When you’re implementing a new ERP system, you want people to use new tools, screens and reports, and to work in new collaborative ways. In other words, you want people to change, and that makes an ERP implementation a change management project. Most of the time initiatives that require people to change the way they behave fall into two camps. We either assume people will naturally change from the old way to the new way, or we say how important change management is, and then assume someone else is doing that because we don’t have a clue how to get…
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The Problems with Inventory Turns

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Though inventory turns is the standard measure of inventory performance, inventory turns is limited as a metric. I’d go further to say, a good measure is one that causes the people involved to take action and therefore inventory turns is not a good measure. The first problem with turns as a measure is the question people always ask about it, what is the right number of turns? It is impossible to define the perfect number of turns. Some people say 52 turns, meaning I should turn my inventory once a week, is a great goal for turns. My experience is…
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Collaborate and Thrive

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 I’m seeing that only those clients who collaborate thrive.  More and more, customers are demanding dramatically improved service and shorter lead times.  Mega distributors like Amazon are elevating expectations.  A few of the key areas to focus on for collaboration include: 1. Pick up the phone – some of the largest successes I’ve seen result from simple yet critical conversations. It can be as simple as calling a customer to discuss current business and to stay in touch. 2. Win-win – remember to look for win-win opportunities in your conversations / meetings with your customers. Two heads are typically better than one…
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