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Posted Monday, December 1, 2014

Work and worker satisfaction

If you are blessed to work for a well-managed company with strong leadership, clear goals, and effective communication, well done. Hang on to that job. You are in the minority and unlikely to be suffering from high stress levels, absenteeism for multiple hard to explain medical ailments, or other conditions that makes you hate waking […]

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Editorial Comment I was recently requested to review a competitor’s software product to find where one I am familiar with provided a competitive advantage. I soon learned that this competitive product was in fact no competition at all. The main selling point was the sizzle offered by the competitor, but absent was the steak. I […]

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Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Configuring An Effective Demand Planning Solution

A Demand Planning solution incorporates inventory forecasting, replenishment, and distribution planning. One of many strengths of this application is the database must be configured to suit and support every company, and where applicable each division within the company. An effective solution supports retail, wholesale, distribution, and manufacturing enterprises. This document focuses on manufacturing client needs. […]

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Posted Monday, September 1, 2014

Motivation and other issues

I worked with a prospect for 6 months as they learned what our solution and competitive products could offer to address their urgent business needs. Ultimately we were the vendor of choice and the recommendation was run up the organizational hierarchy for approval. As you would appreciate, the user community were instrumental in selecting the […]

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Posted Friday, August 1, 2014

Omnichannel Planning Support. Potential Fail.

How and why did omnichannel come about? An historical perspective may be helpful. My late father-in-law was a retailer, merchandiser, and bought for his business. If a man walked into his store requesting trousers, my father-in-law would guide him to the rack, enquire to the purpose of the pants, casual or business, and his color […]

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Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cost Justifying Demand Planning Software

We answer the questions of why and how to Cost Justify an effective Forecasting, Replenishment, and Distribution Planning software solution. Why is it essential to perform a cost-justification for a best-of-breed, value-added software solution that enhances enterprise systems Forecasting and Replenishment? If a client company’s management team cannot intellectually agree on the business benefit of […]

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Posted Sunday, June 1, 2014

Retail: Out of Stock

My wife has a problem. A very average problem. She is neither tall nor short, neither fat nor thin. In fact she is decidedly average. When she shops at her favorite national chain it is as if the racks were stacked for all sizes except for the average size person. Her dress size could be […]

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Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014

Vacations and Customer Service

While staying at an island resort, we were recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to our plane’s departure. This struck us as unusual because this was not an international flight, and we understood that we would need to transfer to another airline at our next stop. As our timing worked out we […]

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Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bill of Materials

I was disappointed to read in the Wall Street Journal, regarding the General Motors recall that “GM said the original faulty ignition switch, first found in 2004, was quietly redesigned sometime in 2006. However, the resulting switch used the same part number as the original, raising the likelihood defective switches could have been used in […]

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Posted Saturday, March 1, 2014

The people side of systems

John Doe (an obvious nom de plume) graduated from university as a mechanical engineer. JD elected to build a career in manufacturing, but the principles in this blog apply to any endeavor. JD’s career blossomed until he was a plant manager for a public company with a dozen production facilities. JD was so well respected […]

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