If you have not read our blog on Work Ethic, please do. Today I want to talk about something known throughout the ages as the Last Ditch Effort. According to Grammar Monster (www.grammar-monster.com), “A last ditch attempt is a last-minute attempt or an attempt to do something at the final opportunity to do so. This term has its origins in a speech by King William III of England in the late 17th Century. He called upon all Englishmen to “fight and die in the last ditch” to defend England.”
With over twenty five years in the industry, we’ve learned a lot about manufacturing. And sometimes, it’s best to take it back to the basics! Let’s take a look at this simple, yet highly important advice for manufacturers. Read More
Everyone needs to work from home sometimes. We’ve discussed how to best present and prepare in this post and the same goes for working remote. Whatever the case, there are definite do’s and don’ts of working from home in order to stay productive and the golden rule is “don’t do anything at home you wouldn’t in your office”. Let’s take a look!
– Kirsten Austin
The Cambridge Dictionary defines “pass the buck” as leaving a difficult problem for someone else to deal with or to blame someone or make them responsible for a problem that you should deal with.
As we start off 2020, I try to stay positive but one thing that frustrates me most as a business person is people who consistently pass the buck. This is not only frustrating for me, the person being passed from one department to another, but slows down necessary progress and projects for my business and clients. Let’s face it; we all have certain skill sets and hold a certain level of authority which means, indeed, at times we must reach out to others to get an answer, solve a problem, make a decision or accomplish a task. However, it does not mean that people get a free pass. So what’s wrong with using common sense and some personal accountability if you actually care about your job? This seems to be a growing phenomenon so let’s discuss how to avoid passing the buck:
“Black Friday” sounds a little sinister, but its name comes from the famous Friday after Thanksgiving when folks take a day off work solely dedicated to Christmas shopping; a noble cause but the sheer volume of people can cause all sorts of mayhem. People in the United States have been conditioned to spend their hard earned consumer dollars on these events laden with special discounts and super deals. Every year this is a major shopping event that retailers and distributors must prepare for and has even expanded to “Cyber Monday” as digital transformation and e-Commerce continue to dominate the markets. Hectic stores plus quick-selling online deals – Whew this could go really wrong. What can you do to get it right?
Mergers and Acquisitions – How Do You Navigate this With Your WMS and Shipping Software?
Just within the past five years of my career spanning over two decades, I cannot believe the number of customers who have been acquired, purchased another company, or merged. With so many things that need to be considered, there could easily be dictionaries written about the do’s and don’ts of Mergers and Acquisitions including employees, assets, debts, license agreements, processes, locations, accounts, finance, etc. Now, I’d like to discuss my favorite topic; how should your inventory control and shipping systems be addressed? Here are our recommendations.
Dreaded Excellent Go Live!
We’ve all heard the horror stories of failed software implementations, so let’s discuss successful deployments and how to avoid problems.
We’ll start with the basics. First, a Go Live Date is the actual date you’re going to use the technology in your existing Live or Production Environment. This means employees will now be using newer technology to perform their daily jobs. Next, our company has a very structured approach to implementations that we’ve perfected over the years. Initial sales, implementation, training, testing, and planning are all components which precede a successful Go Live when performed correctly. You can actually read about this in our blog, 6 Vital Keys to ERP & WMS Implementation Success.
Here are some other tips to ensure you have a successful Go Live:
A huge thank you to our Vendors, Team Members, Partners and Sponsors for our first ever Customer Summit in Estes Park, Colorado! Everyone seemed to enjoy the YMCA of the Rockies! Not only did we see deer and other wildlife blended into an ideal location, the staff really knows how to accommodate group events and the relaxed atmosphere was a welcome change to stuffy over-priced hotels elsewhere. We were delighted that many of our clients and vendors brought their significant others to take advantage of this gorgeous location and make a mini-vacation of it. Of course there was excitement as several of us witnessed an amazing Elk Rut from a relatively safe distance. Trust us, we did not stick around to figure out the winner but certainly know that both of those guys meant business.