You Want it When?

E-commerce is growing rapidly forcing traditional retailers to close stores, increase the E-commerce side of the business, adjust the way they deliver products and make many other changes.

The Effect of Automation on Today’s Labor

Automation continues to be a very significant factor in the loss of manufacturing jobs but there is still ample opportunity for workers to acclimate and thrive, as long as people are willing and able to change. Otherwise, it is likely that their earning potentials will unfortunately fall down the ravine of the U-shaped labor market.

Digital Manufacturing in the Experience Economy

We are entering the Experience Economy where customers are most interested in building memories, rather than in owning products or receiving a service. Economists and pundits alike are noting this major change in the business world to be as significant as the changes from an agricultural economy to the industrial age and from the industrial age to the service economy, which the developed world has traveled over the last two centuries.

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.

Is U.S. Manufacturing Still Strong?

U.S. manufacturing’s success is driven through the entire value chain – increased productivity, efficient supply chains, innovation, speed-to-market, and flexibility. To be competitive manufacturers must look for the most efficient and effective ways to produce products and satisfy demand.

Enjoy the seasons… all of them

Don’t worry when sales are down and panic when sales are up (can we fill those orders?) especially when the pattern is seasonal and predictable. Plan production and inventory to make the most of available resources and use any leftover capacity profitably.

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.

“Pulling” MRP

In the long-running debate about “push” versus “pull” in manufacturing planning and management, the two sides are typically exemplified by MRP on the push side and lean representing pull.

Do you need a new ERP system?

Admit it – you sometimes (often?) question whether the ERP system you have in place is really the best one for your company and its needs. Is your discomfort justified? Can the incumbent system be “saved” or should it be replaced?

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