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.”
After a few decades in the manufacturing and distribution industry, I have seen many shipping trends come and go. Let’s face it, I was here when the Internet was referred to as the World Wide Web. Right now, we are facing challenging times that affect how goods are supplied. However, it is my prediction these shipping methods and changes will stay.
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
Upgrading: Is it a Hassle or an Important Technology Plan for Your Operations?
In my years of Supply Chain and Technology Experience, one subject that always gets brought up with prospects and clients is the importance of upgrading. While I do understand some reasons why people hold off, there are even more reasons to incorporate your software and technology updates into your annual plan or at minimum every other year.
“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:
In order to grow, it is important to continuously evaluate technology that does everything from reducing manual tasks, automating operational processes, communicating in real-time, and sharing data to make important decisions. However, there are risks involved in these projects which need to be analyzed and prevented. Let’s take a look.
According the the Oxford English Dictionary, a blockchain is a “system in which a record of transactions made in bitcoin or another crypto-currency are maintained across several computers that are linked in a peer-to-peer network”. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data (generally represented as a Merkle tree).
It seems like Blockchain is all the rage. In my humble opinion it may be right for some companies but not all. Let’s talk about something that’s been around for a long time and is still extremely necessary for suppliers, distribution and manufacturing companies; Data Integration. There are many reasons for integrations. Let’s take brief look into this.