If you're like most manufacturers, your on-time delivery rate could use some improvement. This is most critical in a just-in-time environment. But it can be an issue for every manufacturer in terms of building customer satisfaction and maintaining a competitive edge.
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Thursday, February 11, 2021
It's a rare business owner who doesn't want to improve profits and boost cash flow by reducing the carrying cost of inventory. Here are two cutting-edge ways to help you manage inventory more efficiently.
Thursday, January 28, 2021
By law, all manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers must notify the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) if they obtain information that reasonably supports the conclusion that a product:
Thursday, January 14, 2021
In the ever-expanding global economy, nothing about suppliers or distributors can be taken for granted. As illustrated by the numerous high-profile recalls that have occurred, manufacturers outsourcing to foreign countries must maintain quality control in their supply chains.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
In many manufacturing plants, a parts room occupies considerable space, uses non-value-added staff and takes employees away from their jobs to get the supplies they need. Is there a more-efficient setup? Some plants are switching to satellite stocking programs to be more nimble and cost effective.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
There's no doubt about it: Business has gone international. New electronic and logistical technologies have narrowed distance and time, and trade agreements have opened markets. And manufacturers are in a good position to venture into the business of exporting.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Peak production season can be a nightmare. It's the time you need all employees to show up consistently and pull their weight. But reality is often far removed from the ideal.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
As manufacturers look for opportunities to cut costs, equipment downtime is an important area to address. A breakdown, even for just an hour, reverberates through the manufacturing process. It can slow or halt production, leave employees idle, and play havoc with just-in-time delivery schedules.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
You spend a great deal of time and money developing unique ideas, products and services. But the more people who know about your plans, the more you risk losing your secrets. To help protect vital intellectual property assets, it's important to require confidentiality agreements.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Safety First" should be your corporate mantra. Focusing on the safety of your products as you make them can help avoid complaints and litigation, give you a marketing edge and raise the bar for other manufacturers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.