Merry Everything!!

Hello from beautiful New Hampshire where it’s almost December 25th and we’ve only had a dusting of snow! We know you’re busy with end-of-year activities, holiday preparations and the general craziness we all impose on ourselves. Nevertheless, we hope you’ll get to take some time out for yourself and reflect on everything that’s good in your life. We both wish you a joyful holiday season and an outstanding and fruitful 2017! — Dave and Debby

December Schedules

December is often a rather strange month in the life of the manufacturing plant. There may be some seasonal demand effects to deal with (lower actual demand and lower production objectives in many cases) and there are often schedule reductions to be accommodated due to holiday shut-downs and the policy in many companies of encouraging employees to use vacation time before the end of the year.

Pokémon Go and the Future of Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

The key characteristic that makes Pokemon Go different from all predecessors is its use of augmented reality (AR) which is on the verge of becoming an important advancement for industry – particularly in manufacturing and service.

Demand management through S&OP

The sales and operations planning (S&OP) team works on developing a “best” plan that makes effective use of the resources available to meet an optimum amount of the demand.

How to be a successful manufacturer

I often joke that the consultant’s answer to almost any question is “it depends”. There is more than a grain of truth to that phrase, however. Success in manufacturing, as in many other pursuits, depends on a number of factors. Can your company be successful over the long term?

5-Day APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) public workshop

The Granite State Chapter of APICS will be offering a 5-day APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) class in Portsmouth, NH on February 13, 20, 27 and March 12, 19.

Logistics, supply-chain mastery play key roles in achieving success

Two of the largest and most successful companies in the world achieved and maintain their success by mastering the supply chain. Wal-Mart took logistics to new heights, bringing big city, low prices and convenience to rural areas. Apple dominates its chosen markets through innovation but also benefits greatly from a single-minded focus on operational excellence.

About the Fresh Connection

The Fresh Connection simulation tool provides the foundation for a new level of supply chain training. Participants gain hands-on experience and insight into interactions between inventory policies, production schedules, supplier relationships, customer service commitments, logistical challenges and more!

Taking control of supply and demand

Anyone on the marketing and sales side of things is likely to be oriented toward satisfying whatever demand they can find . . . but that may not be the best way to run a business.

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