“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?
The other day I was at a restaurant and it seemed like the entire staff was just following the motions. I was once a server, so I was a little surprised. I remember hard days, issues in the kitchen, and crabby customers and yet I still put my little spin on the job. I tried my best to be positive (hey while at work, work) and even signed my “bills” with a little cartoon moon saying Goodnight and Thank You. Even in the most structured, menial, or meaningful job you can still be you! Let’s take a look at why this can help you with success.Read More
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.
Years back I was camping with some friends and we heard all sorts of laughing and splashing a little ways down the river. We decided to check it out and found some young kids climbing up a challenging tree, manipulating a rope swing, then kicking really hard to the side and somehow out before dropping down into the river. One of the little boys, you could tell he was the leader of the pack, said, “When you let go of the rope yell “Get ‘er done!” before you drop in the water.” I just stared for a while in amazement. Needless to say, I’m not a kid anymore and I just kept thinking about everything that could go wrong. I think the forerunner saw that on my face and he simply said, “Lady you can do it. You just have to start.” So I did. And I yelled “Get ‘er done!”
The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
(As defined by The Oxford English Dictionary)
We talk a lot about the importance of kindness, no matter the situation, especially when it comes to things like customer service and business practice. But how do we show our appreciation towards those that show us kindness? It’s simple, say thank you and return the favor. Let’s look at how this can impact your business relations inside and out.
Let’s face it; technology is tricky, especially in today’s world. From constantly evolving technologies in the Supply Chain Sector, such as loT, to the ever changing political trends, distributors and manufacturers may feel challenged in keeping up with technology. On top of that, when you rely on outside vendors to help you implement and change your technology, you may feel like you’re losing control. The good news is people still make the difference in your Supply Chain and Technology Initiatives.
For over two decades we have served many operations, warehouse, technology, and plant managers with the development of our WMS and Shipping Solution. We also have a vast amount experience with VARS (Value Added Re-sellers), Consultants, and other industry experts, all of which have provided us with a unique perspective into customer service and satisfaction. Here are some examples of excellent customer service points:
Have you ever wondered how to deal with someone who doesn’t like you? Have you ever thought maybe, just maybe, you could learn from them? Most likely, no. So this may sound like the strangest or possibly most hypocritical read you will ever come across. All my life I have been happier when I know someone likes me and it always seems easier to get through life that way, I am a true people-pleaser. However, it doesn’t always work out. That is why I wish young people entering their careers would hear this one out. Guess what? Sometimes people will just not like you, period, end of story. You could spend time analyzing it and never know the true reason. So what can you do now?
Hi everyone! Yep, that’s me, Kirsten Austin. For those of you who don’t know, I have been involved in the software business with a focus on manufacturing, distribution and fulfillment for over twenty five years.
Our team continues to improve the DCWarehouse Automation Suite with extremely important supply chain, manufacturing, and distribution features. We have two brand new releases completely packed with new functionality to help our valued distribution and manufacturing clients compete within their industry.