When is a Third-Party Logistics Provider the Right Choice?
The rise of third-party logistics companies, known as 3PLs, provides new options to reduce costs in supply chain operations. They can help you handle the physical and IT aspects of logistics and save you time and money. This podcast explores specific ways they can achieve these goals and gives insights about how to find and partner with quality 3PLs.
15 Aug 2016
Lean for Procurement and Procurement for Lean
A company’s lean journey usually starts in the factory. Sooner or later, roadblocks from processes that connect the plant’s value streams with the outside world become visible. Procurement is one of those processes. This podcast discusses how to successfully implement lean in procurement.
27 Sep 2013
Balancing Push and Pull S and OP Systems
Decades ago, when stable forecasts determined production goals months in advance, Manufacturing Resource Planning (MSP) was designed for make-to-stock production. MSP remains at the core of most Enterprise Resource Planning systems, but in the last few years, factory management systems have been entering the market. This podcast looks at production and inventory management to meet today’s changing demands.
22 Jul 2013
Do Better Business with Credit and Debit Cards
You may be losing sales if you don’t accept credit or debit card payments. A First Data study found that only 32 percent of consumers prefer to pay with cash. There are other reasons you should be accepting multiple forms of payment. Discover more benefits to credit and debit cards in this podcast.
17 Jun 2013
Most Popular Podcasts
How Toyota Tackled Economic Hardships
Toyota’s global sourcing strategies faced serious tests in 2011, and it was supply chain managers for both parts and people that helped handle the unexpected. Just as Toyota’s production rose during the economic recovery, it was hit by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Suddenly, critical parts for North American vehicles were unavailable. This podcast examines Toyota’s strategy for facing this obstacle, and what you can learn from it.
26 Apr 2013
The Communication Strategy of NRG Systems
To ensure smooth operations, you want to provide your entire supply chain with visibility and information at every step in the manufacturing process. Especially in a lean manufacturing environment, open communication is imperative. This podcast examines the successful supply-chain communication strategies of wind industry supplier NRG Systems.
26 Apr 2013
Tips for Selling to Technical Specialists
Engineers search for solutions to technical problems, make decisions based on facts and want to know features, performance characteristics and technical specs. That’s where you come in. This podcast offers tips for targeted sales of your product or services to technical specialists in other companies.
26 Apr 2013
How Online Banking Can Save Your Business Time and Money
If you're not using online banking, your business is at the mercy of a bank branch, which can cost you in terms of time, money and your reputation among clients. Online banking empowers your business by allowing you to access your accounts from anywhere. Discover more benefits in this podcast.
11 Mar 2013
Benefits of Online Banking
For 62 percent of consumers, online is the preferred method of banking. Consumers and businesses alike appreciate the convenience and security of online banking, which can speed up payments and receivables, as well as integrate your finances with accounting software. Discover more benefits in this podcast.
11 Jan 2013
6 Ways to Accelerate Growth
Collecting datascattered around your company can be tedious. But unless you know where profits are coming from, you can’t develop a strategy to make them grow. In this podcast, manufacturing management consultant Michael Collins suggests answering the following questions to get started on the path to growth.
7 Jun 2012
Is 'Lean' a 4-Letter Word?
Lean manufacturing is filled with catchphrases and shorthand that help give those involved in the process a way of clearly communicating with one another. However, it can also be exclusionary. In this podcast we'll discuss some resources and ideas for describing lean concepts and practices without the jargon to avoid employee resistance.
10 Apr 2012
Implementing an Online Payroll System
Chances are, your focus is usually on providing products and service to your customers. Yet every so often, you or your employees have to stop what you’re doing and process payroll. Today’s online payroll options can make short work of the task and help you regain your time. In this podcast we'll talk about some of the advantages to using an online system.
18 May 2011
Creating a Disaster Recovery Plan
When you hear the word “disaster,” you probably think of storms, fires or floods. But a flu outbreak or even a power outage can have a serious effect on your business. In this podcast, we’ll suggest some ways to make recovery plans, as well as resources to turn to for help.
25 Apr 2011
What You Need to Secure Funding
After you’ve written your business plan and identified possible funding sources, it’s time to make your pitch. In this podcast, PNC explains what details you should collect before you meet with potential financial backers.
3 Mar 2011
Make Metrics Count
It may be time to take a fresh look at the metrics that matter. We’re in an age of data-driven business decisions, but the manufacturing sector could be lagging. A recent survey found that a large majority (86 percent) of industrial companies do not have an analytics program that includes manufacturing data. Developing sustainable metrics can be daunting, so guidance can help—as can including employees in the process. One expert believes using the wrong metrics can do more harm than good. This podcast gives guidance on where and how to target your metrics, how to develop milestones to track progress and how to improve along the way.
14 Mar 2017