You find a coupon in your local newspaper offering something you are very interested in at an attractive price. You go out of your way to go to the store to buy it, only to find to your great disappointment that the store is sold out. They also report that there are none in the distribution warehouse and they can’t tell you when (or even if) they will be able to get more.
Posted in Customer Service, Logistics, Manufacturing, Marketing, Operations Management, Planning, Supply Chain Tagged collaboration, competition, demand, demand management, distribution, forecast, logistics, Manufacturing, marketing, marketing plan, operations management, operations planning, production plan, promotion, promotional activities, S&OP, sales plan, supply, supply chain, warehouse
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers just announced the “Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture,” winners for 2013. The new and emerging technologies on this list are already making a difference in manufacturing today. Manufacturers can adopt the materials and processes to reduce costs and develop innovative products that will keep U.S. manufacturing strong.
Posted in Manufacturing Tagged aerovoltaic wind technology, carbon nanotubes, CNTs, emerging technology, Manufacturing, materials, memory technologies, microelectromechanical systems, Multi-ring Domed Electrode, PC-MEMS, process, Rainbow Polymer, robotic, silicon nanostructures, SME, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Superhydrophobic Coatings, U.S. manufacturing
WHEN: Spring, 2013. WHERE: New Hampshire Contact Us for more information and exact location Event Details
Posted in Events Tagged APICS, customer service, demand, education, implementation, inventory, Lean Manufacturing, logistics, Manufacturing, material, process improvement, production, risk, supply chain, supply chain management, sustainability, training
Publicity and promotion are all about getting attention. It’s distressing that hyperbole can plant seeds of doubt in the minds of operations professionals and turn them away from systems and approaches that could be of great benefit. While ERP products aren’t the perfect answer to every manufacturing challenge, they are powerful and useful tools for many companies.
Posted in Education, ERP/MRP, Inventory, Lean, Manufacturing, Operations Management, Uncategorized Tagged consultation, data conversion, demand-driven flow production, drum-buffer-rope, enterprise resources planning, ERP, implementation, inventory, Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing, operations, return on investment, software, throughput, training
The largest companies are global, and they rely on doing business in multiple geographies to support their operations and growth. Smaller businesses, however, often will limit themselves to their local regions because exporting seems daunting. Certainly there are hurdles to exporting, but a great deal of help also is available.
Material requirements planning (MRP) is the calculation of potential shortages and replenishment activity from the master schedule using the bill of material and inventory availability data. Developed in the early 1950s, the basic approach still is at the center of every enterprise resources planning (ERP) system more than half a century later.
Posted in ERP/MRP, Inventory, Lean, Manufacturing, Operations Management, Planning Tagged capacity, competition, demand, Demand driven MRP, enterprise resources planning, ERP, ERP implementation, flow production management, forecast, global, inventory, inventory availability, kanban, Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing, master schedule bill of material, material management, material requirements planning, MRP, MRP implementation, Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning, position and pull, product cycles, production management system, production planning and control, push-oriented approach, replenishment activity, short lead times, shortage, software developer, theory of constraints, Toyota Production System
The death and rebirth of corporate sustainability practices. Sustainability and its surrounding issues have gotten a lot of attention over the last several years. As people became aware of the relevant issues, there was great discussion and concern over resource
Advice and Assistance for Manufacturers.
Since this will be our last newsletter for 2012, I thought I’d share a few resolutions that you might consider for 2013.
Posted in Education, Inventory, Lean, Manufacturing, Marketing, Operations Management, Planning, Quality Tagged apprenticeship, certification, community colleges, continuous improvement, internship, inventory management, Lean, make/buy, Manufacturing, marketing, offshoring, outreach, outsourcing, quality, records accuracy, S&OP, sales and operations planning, seminars, webinars
All manufacturers have inventory—in the warehouse, in the plant, and in the supply chain. And they want to reduce inventory while avoiding shortages. The key is knowing which inventory is needed and where. The “what” and “where” are as important
Posted in Inventory, Management, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Tagged inventory, inventory decoupling points, inventory deployment, inventory management, lead times, Manufacturing, Productivity, supply chain, warehouse