Strategic Sourcing – Foundation for Supply Chain Success

Reduce costs and increase bottom-line impact by repositioning your Purchasing Dept. All organizations source something, whether it be materials to use in manufacturing, outside services, labor, consumables or other items that are purchased. With most organizations, the spending for what is purchased is a major (or even the primary) portion of total expenses. Most companies…

Project Management: How to keep control of actual project costs and avoid scope creep

When you’re the Project Manager of a large effort, it can either be an adrenalin rush or a little unnerving when everyone is looking to you for the perfect result. You must balance risk, effort and cost control to deliver a successful project. Be diligent with your efforts to gather status updates from all parties…

How to increase Web Purchases to Build Revenue: Beef up the effectiveness of e-commerce strategy using LEAN

Looking to ensure a more successful shopping experience for customers to build more loyalty, trust and revenue? Then take a closer look at LEAN methodologies to reduce or eliminate waste in your company’s e-commerce processes, just as they have improved production processes for years. Research has shown e-commerce shoppers will tend to return to web…

Cut Your Company’s Transportation Costs: Learn how to calculate freight cost per mile for lowering carrier contracts

Freight cost per mile (FCPM) is a powerful cost analysis tool to help your business significantly reduce freight costs. How significant? One of our clients realized a 45% reduction. Read on! If you know the actual FCPM you paid for a specific time period per carrier/transportation provider, you can start making relevant comparisons to identify…

Project Management Checklist: 4 Ways to Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan

How to avoid big surprises to stay on time and budget It’s easy to simply say, “Do all things well and you’ll be a success.” However, there are at least four aspects of Project Management that carry more weight than others: 1. Initiate your plan Break your plan down into workable, prioritized phases and assign…

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Project Manager to Stay On Track, On Budget

A project is a temporary assignment with a targeted date range and expected results. So how do you make your projects highly successful versus spinning out of control? Selecting and assigning a well-qualified project manager is your best course of action for achieving success. To name a few examples, a project manager can help your…

3 Keys for Rethinking LEAN in Mid-Sized Businesses

How to uncover and eliminate wastes to reduce costs and meet customer expectations You may have read a lot about LEAN — including our last post about how a manufacturer applied it to its finance department to achieve an improved month-end close cycle. You also may have heard what it can do for manufacturing and…

LEAN Transformations for Any Business Process: Achieving process improvement in both office and manufacturing environments

The concept of LEAN has been around since the inception of the Toyota Production System decades ago. Its fundamental tenet is the elimination of waste, which results in improved quality, lower cost, faster delivery times, and ultimately greater customer satisfaction. LEAN is frequently associated with manufacturing processes. However, the same concepts and approaches can be…

Improve Order-to-Cash Performance: How to streamline development cycles to gain faster revenue and earnings growth

People, process and technology improvements drive Order-to-Cash performance but a key to continuous revenue and earnings growth is introducing a pipeline of new products in a fast, effective manner. Agile Development and Business Process Technology Alignment (BPTA) are two techniques that can help create impressive future revenues streams through strong teamwork across your company. A…

“We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto”: 9 ERP Software Lessons to Avoid Witches and Glitches During Selection and Implementation

The Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz once asked, “What have you learned, Dorothy?”  Her answer reflected an incredible journey that not only involved witches and flying monkeys, but also three travel companions. We’ve traveled the yellow-brick road of ERP Software Selection and Implementation with many clients and different industries. Based on these journeys,…