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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Why a Configure, Price, Quote Solution Can Create Harmony for Sales and Finance Executives

Why a Configure, Price, Quote Solution Can Create Harmony for Sales and Finance Executives

A Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) implementation discussion held in a sales silo can have a detrimental impact both upstream and downstream, but when discussed in unison can provide high value to both sales and finance. For any sales executive, the universal, albeit simplified, goal is to sell products or services that make the company money, ultimately driving commission for said executive.…

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Technology is the great multitasking enabler. Is that a good thing?

Technology is the great multitasking enabler. Is that a good thing?

These days it seems rare that we can give a single task our undivided attention. Whether we’re firing off last-minute emails during a meeting or sending IMs while on a call, multitasking has become a workplace norm. While many of us take pride in our ability to juggle many activities at once, research shows that multitasking is virtually impossible and leads to a decrease in productivity.…

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Do you fully understand the causes of idle time in your operation?

For any operations management team trying to “do more with less”, it is very important to understand not just the productive time, but also the unproductive or idle time that is present in their operations. Idle time takes many forms, but in too many operations it is “tracked” or grouped together in one generic bucket that does little for those who are trying to manage it proactively.…

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