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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Giving Back with Your Passion

The recent holidays put focus on one of the greatest aspects of humanity: everyone seems to be in the spirit of giving and ready to pitch in for the less fortunate. There are numerous food drives, soup kitchens, and toy drives to donate time and money. Most organizations are looking for monetary donations and volunteers.…

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The Changing Face of Consumer Goods: The Impact of Technology

As an Industrial Engineer with a background in research and an interest in supply chains, I have been keeping abreast of recent retail and distribution news like some people keep up with pop culture. In particular, my interests lie in tracking how technology is changing the face of consumer goods. It goes without saying that over the past decade, the effect of technology on the state of the...

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Business System Complexities and What To Do About It

Business System Complexities and What To Do About It Business systems are complex, only becoming more complex, and as such the management of the associated identities has spiraled out-of-control for many Enterprise organizations.  Additionally, it is increasingly more challenging to protect the type of devices that access Enterprise data.  Over the years, this has culminated in business unit...

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Inventory Management and Realizing the Full Potential of Engineered Labor Standards in Distribution Centers

Inventory management is often talked about as a way to keep track of product to reduce shrink and maximize profits. However, poor inventory management can also affect the proper implementation of discrete labor management systems such as FLEXdls or Red Prairie. These systems rely on accurate item counts, case cube measurements, slotting sizes and case weights to produce accurate engineered...

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Contact Center Transformation: From Strategy to Inception

West Monroe Partner’s High Performance Contact Center team recently conducted a half-day workshop at the ICMI Contact Center Demo and Conference in Chicago.  We demonstrated how you can transform your contact center from the ground up – from organizational design, to reworking operations and strategy, to the technology and processes that support your goals. …

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Receiving Standards Made to Work Part I: It Begins with your Inbound

The Inbound. Is it the bottleneck of your operation? Throughout the duration of the inbound and outbound operations, any single hiccup from the inbound operations can compromise the successful execution of the operating plan and could very well affect customer service in the end.  Two critical ingredients to preventing these hiccups and executing consistently and efficiently are utilizing a...

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SKU Rationalization: The Need for a Holistic Approach in a Customer-Sensitive Marketplace

Retail merchandising decisions are often tough to make. The evolution of an increasingly competitive marketplace has forced retailers to take a hard look at the products they sell to see if it really makes sense to offer them from a business perspective. Additionally, multiple studies have shown that the sales floor is disproportionally occupied by products that collectively only make up a...

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