WERC 2019 Takeaways: Upskilling Managers is Imperative to Drive Workforce Productivity

WERC 2019 Takeaways: Upskilling Managers is Imperative to Drive Workforce Productivity

I recently returned from the annual WERC (Warehousing Education and Research Council) conference in Columbus, Ohio. During the sessions I attended, the various networking events, as well as the session I presented with Ethan DeWall from Martin Bros. Distributing Co., a reoccurring theme appeared: the struggle to attract and retain talent is a continuing challenge that organizations face across...

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Uncommon Sense: False Hope

Uncommon Sense: False Hope

This is the third blog in a series I’m writing, targeted to those with a stake in creating value in companies. Most of the concepts apply to all industries and types of companies. I hope you enjoy reading it and find some insight in doing so. Please reply, share on social media, or email me at jgraves@wmp.com to keep the conversation going.…

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Manufacturing Today: Continuing to Grow When Talent is Scarce

Manufacturing Today: Continuing to Grow When Talent is Scarce

In the March 2019 edition of Twin Cities Business, reporter Ingrid Case investigated how attracting and retaining talent is limiting the growth potential of Minnesota’s largest private sector industry, manufacturing. Despite an average wage ranking second highest, manufacturing companies are losing the war on talent to other local industries like healthcare and high tech – leaving them...

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Key Considerations for Veeva Vault Implementation

Key Considerations for Veeva Vault Implementation

One of our clients, a major biopharmaceutical company, struggled to distribute content across more than fifty countries and thousands of people around the globe. They were using 18 disparate content management systems – each with its own processes. As they looked to digitize the back office to create efficiency and standardization globally, they selected a new, consolidated platform in Veeva...

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How Customer Demands Impact Warehouse Employee Engagement

How Customer Demands Impact Warehouse Employee Engagement

The distribution industry is going through a monumental shift. Industry disruptors, like Amazon, are constantly finding new ways to change the game. To keep pace with competition and mitigate the risk of lost business, many distributors are fulfilling each unique client request – regardless of how it impacts operations. In many cases, this means putting undue stress on warehouse staff to meet...

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Flexport: Creating a Competitive Advantage By Being Less Competitive

Flexport: Creating a Competitive Advantage By Being Less Competitive

Last month, Silicon Valley powerhouse investor SoftBank announced a $1 billion investment into industry-disrupting freight forwarder Flexport. Softbank’s investment is an affirmation that successful PE firms investing in the freight industry are looking beyond the short-term capacity issues in the market, and instead looking at companies that are shaping the future of the industry.…

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Amplifying Youth Voice: Talking with Samantha Sencer-Mura of Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI)

Amplifying Youth Voice: Talking with Samantha Sencer-Mura of Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI)

One of the best things about our profession is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with so many talented and interesting people at our clients and in the community. This blog series introduces some of the executives with whom we work and spotlights the ways they are leading and making their mark, both personally and professionally.…

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Lean Methodology in Banking M&A

Lean Methodology in Banking M&A

Utilizing Lean methodologies as part of your M&A strategy may  help your bank realize more value. To be expected, acquisitions can cause significant disruption to the day-to-day operations of a bank. Because of the potential change in business processes as well as reallocation of the workforce, this disruption creates a significant opportunity to implement a Lean Culture into the...

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Change is at the Heart of Digital, And the First Mile of Your Journey

Change is at the Heart of Digital, And the First Mile of Your Journey

This week West Monroe Partners released our signature research on an important topic, Digital Leadership. Surveying and curating insights from 407 business leaders on sixteen different elements of digital maturity, this report highlights key characteristics of digitally mature organizations seeking to increase revenue, growth, and profits in today’s dynamic markets.…

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Attracting Talent for Distribution: Start Small

Attracting Talent for Distribution: Start Small

The distribution industry is approaching a crossroads. With a workforce that is aging by the day, companies are having a hard time attracting and retaining employees across all levels of their organizations. According to Gallup Daily tracking, only 32% of employees in the U.S. are engaged. Employees are looking for work-life balance, flexibility in time, role, and location, and the opportunity...

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EX is the New CX

EX is the New CX

Unemployment rates are at the lowest levels in 18 years. That’s good news for the economy, and even better news for workers – but bad news for companies trying to recruit and retain talent. Instead of preparing for the next downturn, companies are scrambling to find the people they need to grow their businesses right now.…

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