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Batter Up!

Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
April 2014.
Baseball season is in full swing, albeit in the early weeks of a fairly long season. Remember, though, the early games really do matter.

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Trade-offs key factor in operations management

Decisions made by operations managers and executives are almost always a search for “optimum,” defined as the most favorable or desirable solution.

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For Emergency Use Only

Carrying the right amount of safety stock . . .
While safety stock is necessary for avoiding disruptions and delivering an acceptable level of customer service, it also is an easy thing to abuse.

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Broken Processes

Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
March 2014.
We tend to get so caught up in day-to-day business challenges that we can easily lose perspective and not realize that some of the things we do (or, more accurately, the way we do them) just don’t make sense anymore.

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Five Year Plan

Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
February 2014.
It is part of the job of a senior executive – board chairman, board member, president – to develop and maintain a long-range plan as part of their vision for the company, where it is going, and how to get there.

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The Other Side of the Equation

We supply chain and operations management professionals tend to think of demand as a given. It is what it is, and the job is to use resources to meet demand in the most efficient and effective way possible.

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Modern supply chain links are strong

Manufacturers used to focus on production and material costs in their attempts to control expenses and improve margins. Those gains are becoming harder to achieve now that most of the “fat” has been cut, so companies are looking to logistics costs — warehousing and transportation — for savings.

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To improve or not-to improve?

Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
January 2014.
Part of the planning and justification for any improvement project – equipment upgrades, process changes, ERP upgrade or replacement, lean initiative, new product launch, etc. – must also consider timing.

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Shipping is a critical part of business

Amazon recently announced a new agreement that will have the U.S. Postal Service delivering packages to its customers on Sundays. Does better transportation create new distribution channels and expectations, or does the demand for faster delivery spur the creation of the infrastructure?

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Seasonality

Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
December 2013
In many industries, demand varies throughout the year in so-called ‘seasonal’ patterns –demand is higher certain times of the year and lower at other times in a repeating and predictable pattern. Seasonality presents a challenge for resource managers.

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