Dangers of IBWA (Inventory by Walking Around)

By Glenn Saunders I.B.W.A. is an acronym for Inventory by Walking Around.  This is to describe the process where an inventory manager or warehouse employee walks around the warehouse to determine quantity and location of inventory items. Another term used to describe this inventory management methodology is “Visual Inventory”.  As far as I know, the[…]

What is your digital disruption plan for 2016?

By Glenn Saunders     Digital transformation is becoming a more prolific topic among the top consultancies in the world.  When the darling blue chip GE starts an active advertising campaign (See the Commercial Here) touting itself as “The digital company.  That’s also an industrial company.” it may be time to evaluate what impact a digital[…]

Planning For The Future

Successful businesses set strategic goals for specific business operations.  Goals should be more specific than “be successful” or “improve sales”.  Once you have specific facts and figures down on paper, you want to associate budgets and labor resources to those goals and monitor your progress.  You can’t trust the future of your company to spreadsheets[…]

Build On A Solid Foundation

Although business growth can occur naturally, more often it takes careful planning.  You and your key managers consider strategic goals, evaluate new markets, and develop marketing campaigns to reach different customer groups.  Get the control and visibility you need to grow by using a robust business management solution as your foundation.       Organic growth is a[…]

Don’t Get Dizzy By Fast Moving Inventory

Tracking inventory, especially with multiple locations and a global supply chain, can be dizzying.  With volumes of inventory coming and going, your team can easily misplace, miscount, or simply lose track of important items.  Complicated warehouse operations require robust technology to keep inventory in order.  If you need real-time, accurate inventory control, then take a[…]

Traceability Is Not Optional

Medical-related manufacturers and distributors are under obligation to comply with strict regulatory standards governed by the FDA, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act, and other global agencies.  In order to ensure compliance you need electronic records that are as easy to find as they are to enter.  Traceability and auditable data is not optional, which is why many[…]

Don’t Let Expiration Dates Hold Manufacturing Processes Back

There is nothing worse than starting to cook dinner and finding out that one of your important ingredients has expired.  It’s not always easy or convenient to stop everything and run up to the grocery store.  Imagine this on a larger scale, such as with a major food or beverage manufacturer.  You have an order[…]

Complicated Manufacturing Operations Require Simple Solutions

Manufacturing businesses often have multiple production strategies – products are assembled or made-to-order and some items may be made-to-stock.  During peak times when production takes place around the clock, products promised to customers could be mixed up with products that are getting stocked.  Smooth out a complicated process by using the right technology. Your manufacturing[…]

How Much Does That Item Cost?

How do you value your inventory?  Are you calculating your actual inventory or running a periodic calculation?  Can you with any degree of certainty pick an item in your warehouse and know what it cost to produce? For many small to mid-size enterprises, it is very difficult and time consuming to track the real cost[…]

You Can’t Be Everywhere At Once…But Your ERP Can!

Running a regional or global business can be a challenge, to put it lightly.  You simply can’t be everywhere at once or travel to each location often enough to see, first-hand, how each location is functioning.  The next best thing to cloning yourself is to implement a single, integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that[…]