Splitting Up the Shift

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Your business may be just one crew away from success I was recently doing a private seminar for client and the topic of cycle counting came up. I was doing my standard talk about when to count and how many items we needed to count to stay on track. I happened to glance over at the operations manager, and I could tell that he was having a tough time grasping the timing and labor allocation required to perform a solid cycle count. This is not uncommon and tends to be a difficult sticking point with many companies. The company has grown substantially over the years, and the bodies in the warehouse are a direct reflection of that growth. Before I totally lost him, I threw out a suggestion, “Have you ever considered a second shift or at least staggered the one you have?” His head   [Read More...]

Multiple perspectives produce a better understanding of any situation

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Business decision-making is a tough go. In many cases, it’s a lonely process. Owners often have no one to talk to. Executives don’t want to bother their owners, don’t want the owner to know about their uncertainty or don’t want the owner meddling in their kingdom. This conundrum cascades through all levels of the company. So let’s talk about improving decision-making. Use a consultant: As consultants, we fully endorse this self-serving course of action. Some thoughts on consultants: Consultants can often provide objective recommendations that leverage their experience with other companies, in similar situations. Ideally their experience would be with companies in the same industry as the client’s. While there are some similarities between all businesses, we think in  [Read More...]