People are open to new things

Inventor Charles Kettering (1876 – 1958) said: “People are very open-minded about new things, as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.” I have to agree with that.

Vertical Integration (and the Extended Supply Chain)

When a manufacturer owns or controls its suppliers—often with the aim of managing availability, quality, and cost—that’s called vertical integration. While common practice a century ago, vertical integration has fallen out of favor …

Keeping inventory fully stocked

Reaching back to the the village blacksmith shop a couple hundred years ago. This manual approach to material management is simple and effective — as long as conditions remain stable.

Made in the USA

The push to increase manufacturing in the US is continuing to garner headlines, with Wal-Mart taking positive steps to increase the number of US-made products in its stores and new government programs to bolster manufacturing and train people to fill the jobs being created.

the Language of Lean – part 2

At my first meeting with a client company project manager, some years ago, one of the first things he said to me was “Don’t use the term ‘Lean’ around here. We tried Lean a couple years ago and it was a disaster. You won’t get any cooperation if you tell them we’re trying to do Lean again.”

Rebuilding U.S. Manufacturing

China has become the world’s factory because of the availability of lots of labor at very low rates, but many of these outsourcing decisions were made a decade ago and conditions have been changing . . .

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