This past winter has been an interesting one. Nationwide there were numerous rainy and wintery mixes causing unexpected closings and outages for businesses and schools. These closings and delays made a big impact on multiple companies as sales went down, more exterior repairs incurred, and overall employee morale and productivity decreased due to the gloomy conditions. As spring arrives, this month is a great opportunity to awaken from the winter slumber and get your business back on a sunny path. Here are some tips on how to enter this season with a new and brighter future:

Genchi Genbutsu, The Ultimate ERP and Metrics Based Reporting System

Toyota Productions Systems, (TPS) leadership and their employees refer to it as genchi genbutsu. It is one of the most important and powerful analytical tools available to the executive today. What is it., and how can  executives use the tool to help them improve their businesses, cultures and lives of the employees and stakeholders they serve? 

Many health clubs see an explosion of members every January 1. In conjunction with  a New Year’s Resolution to be more fit, Americans join fitness centers with the sincere or insincere belief that they will actually show up for a work-out.

As the weeks of a new year tick by, so does the motivation to start or end a work day with a work out. What if a New Year’s Resolution turned your eye inward rather than outward? What if your focus was on the internal you rather than the external you?

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Jim Taylor, Vice President, Information Technology, Transportation Insight

The supply chain is gaining in complexity at an alarming rate, creating a deluge of information overload from data generated within supply chain processes. Companies are using Big Data to better understand these massive amounts of data associated with processes and costs related to procurement, manufacturing, distribution, customer service, inventory deployment, freight payment/audit and more. Third-party logistics (3PL) providers are in an ideal position to help their clients harness the power of Big Data and identify relevant and actionable information.

Greg Glebe

How can you tie Sports and Manufacturing together? Both worlds are extremely competitive and though it may not be as exciting, the manufacturing and business world has some new tips and tricks that are definitely worth looking into. One such trick is called Lean manufacturing. Lean manufacturing has taken the business world by storm and is improving the quality of life all around the globe. 

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