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
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!
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.
– 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:
You see it on the news and social media; suddenly it’s the day of the woman! If you’ve never read my blog on Living in a Man’s World, please do. You’ll learn that my experience over the past two decades when I may have been a minority was generally uneventful. So as we continue to recognize women for their roles in technology, manufacturing, distribution, and business in general I’d like to drop a few pearls. Pardon my sense of humor, but it’s gotten me through half a life time and I hope you can learn from it too.
Wow 2019 flew right on by! We hope our readers had just as an amazing year as we did. Despite all the negativity in the news, we are proud of some very positive things we accomplished and the partners, clients, and associates who took the journey with us this year.Read More
“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?