Is your warehouse productivity flatlining?

Manufacturers and distributors face increasing pressures to maximize efficiency in their warehouses. But how they do so varies greatly. Finding the right balance of processes, technology, labor productivity, equipment and training is an art form. Warehouse managers must integrate these components into a comprehensive strategy, something that is easier said than done.…

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Supply Chain Revolving Around the Globe

Supply chain technologies are constantly evolving to keep up with the increasing globalization and complexity faced by organizations trying to manage their supply chains, keep costs down and maintain continuity in service and delivery. Many companies rely on a complex mix of spreadsheets fed by manual data entry and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems; few of them use best-of-breed...

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SharePoint 2013 Functional Preview

“The New SharePoint,” SharePoint 2013, promises to raise your expectations as a collaborative workplace tool. The WMP Enterprise Content Management Team will create weekly blog installments profiling the latest end user tools making SharePoint 2013 the best SharePoint experience to date!  Over the next quarter you’ll read about SharePoint 2013 and the...

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Manufacturing & Distribution: Don’t Overlook the Operational Due Diligence

When it comes to due diligence for acquisitions in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, private equity firms often underemphasize the value of a thorough operational review. Manufacturing and distribution companies face a variety of operational challenges and issues that create high risk for an acquirer. Conversely, it is possible to turn these same challenges and issues into tremendous...

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To change or not to change?

I work with a variety of clients but one thing that seems consistent across all of them is the ongoing question of where to find the time and money to change their processes and/or systems in the hopes of achieving long-term gains. Margins are tight, time is precious and priorities are ever-changing.…

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What is Master Data?

There is a lot of buzz about Master Data Management (MDM). What exactly is master data? Master data is not definable it varies from one organization to the next. You may have heard it defined as non-transactional data, all the business nouns, data that is shared across the enterprise, reference data etc.…

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Reenergizing Manufacturing

For decades now, manufacturing in Quebec and Ontario have been on a steady decline given increasing pressures to drive costs down to compete with foreign markets where labor costs are significantly cheaper. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in Toronto has proactively started several initiatives and conferences to inform manufacturers of the tools and practices available to improve...

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LEAN versus Technology: Adversaries or Allies?

Manufacturers are constantly trying to find ways to promote efficiencies implementing LEAN techniques without sacrificing quality, balancing new technology advances with cost to implement and train staff, not to mention perceived savings. How do you find the right balance of process, technology and LEAN programs? Have you reached optimal levels of inventory?…

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