Sustainability Touches Work and Recreation

The Energy & Utilities team of West Monroe Partners recently had the opportunity to visit a methane digester, solar array, and brewery during its bi-annual collaboration retreat in Eau Claire, WI. You may notice an outlier in that group of tours. How do Leinenkugel and other breweries relate to sustainability? One of the first things you notice on a tour of any brewery is that it takes a...

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Negotiation is as Simple as Signing a Contract, Right?

A software selection process can be intimidating, time consuming, and frustrating.  Where do you start?  What are the rules of engagement?  What if the software vendor isn’t responding in a timely manner?  What if there isn’t internal alignment between IT and the business?  These are just some of the questions that are likely to arise during a software selection process.…

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A Perspective on Implementing Lean in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Business Functions

Introduction Lean implementations are proven to eliminate waste and promote better flow within the value stream. They can be applied to a variety of industries from manufacturing to healthcare, and production to service functions. In this blog, I’ll focus on Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) business functions. Unlike traditional processes, MRO functions can have an extremely...

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Will the Grass be Greener for the Jolly Green Giant?

The End of an Era Recently, General Mills made another big splash in the food and beverage market with the leaked announcement of a potential divestiture of the Jolly Green Giant (JGG) label. Representing a large portion of General Mills’ frozen food portfolio, Jolly Green Giant accounts for approximately $700 million of the frozen division’s $1.5 billion in total sales and has become a...

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Receiving Standards Made to Work Part II: Job Setup

In my last blog, I spoke about inbound processes that will set you up for success on the receiving end. Now let’s talk about the actual receiver’s job setup and how that can further your success. The operating plan and tools provided to receivers will ultimately determine the success they are able to achieve during the work day.…

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The Advancement of 3D Printing and Its Impact on the Shipping Industry

The delivery industry depends upon shippers’ need to transport products and components from one geographical location to another.  3D-Printing technologies promise to eliminate much of that need.  At highest risk are high-yield, cross-border shipments originating in Asia and other cheap labor markets. The advance of 3D-Printing technologies presents a threat within the next 20 years to the...

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WAR: What is it Good For?

As it turns out – a lot, actually… For the entirety of its existence, baseball has been a ‘numbers game’. Compared to the other major professional sports, it operates within the most straightforward and easily relatable statistical universe. Our society takes comfort in the familiarity of baseball’s individual metrics: 3,000 hits; 500 home runs; a .300 batting average.…

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The Dollar Signs Behind Ergonomics

Ergonomics is a term that people tend to throw around loosely. They assume that ergonomics is a “silly” concept that only includes guidelines on pre-workout stretching and how high your desk should be. But, ergonomics has a much greater ripple effect on the work place. Ergonomics touches everyone from the order selector to the office worker.…

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What’s Your Personal Brand? Manage Your Brand for Career Success

 “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss This inspirational quote from Dr. Seuss reminds us of the importance of being ourselves. This lesson from childhood applies to personal branding in the workplace today. In this blog post, part 1 of a 2 part series, I share my personal branding experience and explore the need for managing...

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