Breaking Down a Truly Collaborative Supply Chain

In 1984, Toyota and General Motors (GM) created New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI)¹, a joint venture automobile manufacturing facility. NUMMI gave GM the opportunity to learn about lean manufacturing and was Toyota’s first manufacturing plant in North America. In order to be successful, NUMMI implemented the Toyota Production System and made continuous improvements to its...

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Siri for ERP? This and 10 Other Reasons You Should Consider Upgrading Your ERP System

Remember when Siri was introduced for the iPhones? Suddenly users had the ability to command their phones to set reminders, execute searches, and check the weather all without the use of their hands. IFS (a leading Enterprise Resource Planning system designer) has recently developed and is in-process of testing innovative voice-control for their ERP applications1.…

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Reality TV as a Cautionary Tale for Sustaining Change

A recent episode of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue featured the Underground Wonderbar, a late night Chicago bar that has been operating for 25+ years. During the episode, the bar received a new name and the owner begrudgingly signed a contract to keep the new name for one year. A few days after the Bar Rescue team left, the old Underground Wonderbar sign was back up and the Underground Wonderbar...

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The (Phased vs.) Big Bang Theory

Lessons learned from Uber’s latest power play When Uber rolled out UberEATS, its newest offering, my project manager and I had to try it out, to be “early adopters” of this cool, new thing. The premise is straightforward: you can now have an Uber driver deliver lunch to your office for a $3 fee via the simple, cashless platform of the Uber app.…

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Put a Brick in It: Tricks for Reducing Household Water Usage

In response to California’s four year drought, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed an executive order¹ to reduce statewide water consumption by 25% before February 2016. Given that the average American is estimated to use 80-100 gallons of water per day,² this 20-25 gallon reduction in daily water usage could be difficult drink for Californians to swallow.…

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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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Insurance: Trends in Differentiation and Potential Impacts

With insurance carriers, TPA’s and benefits advisory firms racing to differentiate themselves from the fierce competition for business and talent, there are many trends that shaping up in the industry. Being digital by default: Many firms are offering their employees, customers, clients web and mobile applications to provide both transactional and analytical information to assess risk...

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