There’s an unusual story about a device called Moocall which saves the farmer from having to stay near the cow during the birthing process. The technology is advancing rapidly while becoming more affordable and more available.
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.
The digitization of manufacturing is proceeding rapidly as companies take advantage of new, inexpensive, connected devices to provide unprecedented visibility on the plant floor. How digital is your plant? Do you have plans to expand that digital footprint?
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?