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Harvey Mudd Student Projects & Innovations Related to Cancer

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Earlier this week I attended some clinic presentations at Harvey Mudd and the value of innovation hit home! The type of education and experiences you provide for your employees and team members will make a difference. Do you find a way to provide an experience?
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Deloitte Survey Says Talent Gap Jeopardizes Success

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According to the 2017 Deloitte Global CPO Survey, 85% of those surveyed felt that talent was the largest factor in driving procurement performance yet 60% think they have a skills gap to deliver on their procurement objectives. My clients are experiencing this same phenomenon, no matter the role within manufacturing and supply chain. What are you doing to find, retain and develop your talent? What Should We Consider and/or What Impacts Could Arise? We are in a volatile business environment – global trade is evolving, risks abound, regulations are changing, supply chains are complex and significant change has become the norm. Instead…
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Inventory Accuracy Pitfalls

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Why do so many companies run into issues with inventory accuracy?  After working on hundreds of projects with companies spanning many industries such as aerospace, building products and food, I’ve found these pitfalls are the most common: Transaction timing issues – although they might perform system transactions, they are not completed on a timely basis. Thus, the system gets all mixed up – with the best case scenario. Transaction quantity issues – who hasn’t had fat fingers and keyed in 10000 instead of 1000? I’d be hard pressed to think of a client who hasn’t experienced that issue. In addition,…
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APICS-IE Recognizes Contributions in Manufacturing

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The Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium focused on emerging supply chain trends and acknowledged those emergent leaders contributing to manufacturers, supply chain professionals and distributors to improve their education, lead times, forecasting, data analysis and supplier relationships. The Inland Empire Chapter of APICS,  the leading association for supply chain and operations professionals, motivated attendees with its expert panel presentation and discussion on investigating and predicting supply chain trends at its Spring Executive Panel & Networking Symposium: Emerging Supply Chain Trends held April 30, in Corona, Calif. In addition to expert presentations, stimulating dialogue, and industry networking; APICS-IE also recognized individuals and companies for their contributions…
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Keys to Delegation Success

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In today’s Amazon-impacted world, customers have higher expectations of rapid turnaround, 24/7 accessibility, and increased levels of service. These events have contributed to an information-overloaded society. Not only do we receive countless emails, texts, social media messages, marketing messages and the like, but we also are expected to be able to make sense of it all and execute projects successfully – on-time, on budget and on results. A tall order to be sure! Survival seems challenging enough, let alone thriving in these sorts of conditions. In taking a step back from the details, it becomes clear that we must employ…
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Why Talent is #1 to Success

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Last week I attended a meeting of the top 1% of consultants globally. With this sort of talent in one room, I listened carefully. One of the speakers focuses on small- to medium-sized businesses in North America ($5 million to $250 million). He said that the top areas he finds “in need of focus” include strategy, the management team and resources (ERP, working capital, etc.).   Since I focus on both small-medium and large, multi-billion dollar, global companies, I wanted to see what the top 1% of consultants thought about the list for the large companies as well. Interestingly, the one item both…
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Appreciate Your Colleagues on New Year’s

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As we head into the New Year, remember your most valuable asset – people!  Start with your employees as customers, suppliers and others will not matter if your employees are not taking care of them. Tell them about their value. Say thank you. Notice what is important to them. Reward them with what is important to them. Celebrate successes. Provide training, mentoring and resources. Listen. It will cost you little to nothing yet achieve BIG results – and, more importantly, create happy employees. Next, expand to your other business partners. Collaborate for success. Share your goals. Ask about their goals.…
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Go-Live: ERP Fundamentals

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Since one of my clients is going live tomorrow on a new ERP system, I’ve been thinking about go-live. Every software supplier has their “go-live” process and typically touts it as “best”; however, what really matters is the fundamentals.   In the last few years, I’ve been supporting many clients select the “right” ERP system to best support their business needs, and I’ve been sticking with them to ensure success with the design and to support the process from an expertise standpoint. A few of the keys include: Checklists: Remember the blocking and tackling steps. Having a checklist of items that…
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