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Closing the Loop Between Sales Forecasts and Operations Planning

  • On 03/01/2021
Demand forecasting can be a practical, useful, and effective strategic planning tool when applied in the right way   A common motivation for developing sales forecasts is to drive strategic business planning decisions in the areas of staffing, capital investment, and supply chain management.  Some of the challenges that many manufacturers face when attempting to […]
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Production Scheduling for Make-to-Stock Operations

  • On 02/26/2021
The right inventory planning approach is critical for effective and efficient production   Some make-to-stock manufacturers suffer from low factory efficiency and poor on-time order fulfillment despite having significant levels of finished goods inventory. These challenges are often accompanied by constantly changing shop floor priorities, increasing lead times, backorders, and overtime labor. The situation can […]
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Clean Up Your ERP Data to Achieve Next-Level Efficiency and Productivity

  • On 07/07/2020
Remediating item masters, bills of materials, or other critical data can enable important operating improvements The quality of our ERP systems' master data can often either enable or disable us from taking full advantage of our investments in enterprise automation.  For manufacturers and distributors, ERP data such as items and bills of materials, as well […]
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COVID-19 Quick-Response FDA Compliance for Medical Device Manufacturers

  • On 03/31/2020
Here's what manufacturers redirecting their efforts towards COVID-19 countermeasures need to know. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken measures to provide medical device manufacturers developing countermeasures against COVID-19 with a fast-track option for obtaining FDA authorization and liability immunity. (This article is intended only for educational purposes, not to provide legal or business […]
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Don’t Let COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Ruin Your Continuous Improvement Initiatives

  • On 03/31/2020
There are a number of continuous improvement areas that can be effectively addressed remotely without the need for travel   Whether mandated or voluntary, reduced travel during the COVID-19 pandemic doesn't mean you can't develop and implement continuous improvements using remote teams.  On the bright side, the current standdown for some businesses means that more […]
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