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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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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Labor Standards Drive Value Well Beyond the Warehouse

Labor Standards Drive Value Well Beyond the Warehouse

As an industrial engineer and consultant at West Monroe, I have spent a lot of my time creating or updating labor standards in food distribution facilities across the country. On these multi-week engagements, I collect every detail on processes that occur across many different job functions to give the most accurate standard possible.…

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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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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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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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Why Your Supply Chain Technology Doesn’t Work

In today’s market, there are many software packages available to assist companies in their supply chain operations and management. Too often companies view best-of-breed systems and ERP solutions as a “silver bullet” to their supply chain issues, yet fail to see that there are many factors outside of the core technology that dictate the success of their system.…

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Operational Savings Through Sustainability

We often think that sustainability means placing a couple of recycling bins in our break rooms and including anecdotes in our email signatures that urge people to consider the environment before printing messages. While those things help to divert waste from our landfills and increase awareness about the use of resources, true sustainability in the manufacturing and distribution industry...

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