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Plan Ahead: 4 Early Bird Tips for Busy Seasons

Posted by Guest Contributor on Sep 7, 2017 10:45:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Tim Neroni, President and Managing Partner at KMH Systems, Inc., discusses how to prepare for peak workload times.

Now is the perfect time to prepare and train for the largest two retail days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. During the next couple of months, you can prepare your team in multiple areas, find weak points in your workflow, and take these weeks to make sure they are well prepared. Once the rush arrives no one will be taken by surprise, and they will be more at ease with the upsurge in activity.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industry News

3 Often-Missed Health Checks in the Workplace

Posted by Guest Contributor on Sep 5, 2017 4:15:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Emily Roberts discusses how businesses can overcome the challenges of employee safety.

Health and safety on the jobsiteis absolutely essential. Ensuring that proper health and safety procedures are in place is about much more than just meeting legal requirements, it is about ensuring that employees have access to safe working conditions and showing that you as an employer take their health and wellbeing seriously. It is also not enough to simply hand out hard hats and other articles of safety, there are a number of other important checks that should be carried out in order to guarantee the safety of your employees.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industry News

7 Ways to Improve Team Communication

Posted by Guest Contributor on Aug 31, 2017 11:43:58 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Karin Hurt, Founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and author of Winning Well and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss, discusses ways to strengthen teamwork and collaboration among colleagues.  

Nothing will enhance your team’s productivity faster than better communication. Having a deliberate process and cadence of communication will save hours of lost time, productivity and drama.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Looming Freight Capacity Concerns and Rising Rates

Posted by Guest Contributor on Aug 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM
Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Neal Willis of ReTrans Freight, discusses upcoming freight limitations and price increases .

Summer’s window of vacations and time off are coming to an end and before we know it the holiday season will be upon us all the while freight shipments will continue to ramp up. Freight rates are poised to rise and the capacity situation will undoubtedly drive freight rates higher for shippers. Experts and analysts are warning shippers about the rising costs of freight rates and advising shippers to align 2018 for the pending crunch. Some brokerage heavy, large 3PLs have already fell victim to higher purchased transportation costs and their profits have taken a hit as a result.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industry News

Investing in Cybersecurity for Your Business on a Budget

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jul 18, 2017 12:50:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Maricel Tabalba of Credit.com, discusses how companies can beef up their cybersecurity without breaking the bank.

In today's increasingly wired world, digital systems are critical in facilitating customer engagement, managing finances, and running many aspects of day-to-day business operation. But for all that Internet-enabled technologies can do for a company, without the proper precaution, they can expose your organization to serious - and expensive - risks as well.

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Topics: Analytics and Technology

5 Tips For Retaining Your Best Employees

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jul 6, 2017 2:50:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, freelance writer and marketing consultant, Lisa Michaels, discusses what companies have to do to keep their best talent.

As a business owner or manager, you may be well aware of how vital your employees are to the success of your business. Your best employees are responsible for increased product sales, customer satisfaction and other critical elements of success within your organization. If you want to promote the long-term health of your company, you need to focus your attention on improving employee retention.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

5 Benefits of Cloud Computing for Your Business

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jun 29, 2017 2:30:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, freelance writer and marketing consultant, Lisa Michaels, discusses how companies are profiting by incorporating cloud computing.

Businesses used to be limited in their computing power because of hard-drive constraints. One computer had to be managed by the business with constant upgrades to keep up with an expanding customer base. With cloud-based computing, an entire world opened up to businesses of all sizes.

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Topics: Analytics and Technology

5 Ways to Improve Order Picking Productivity

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jun 23, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Tim Neroni, President and Managing Partner at KMH Systems, Inc., discusses methods to create a more efficient order selection process.

Everyone from your temp workers, full time operators, managers, directors, all the way up to VPs, need the ability to communicate where they see ways to improve your bottom line. Beyond running diagnostics or shifting your warehouse design around, sometimes it can be helpful to have an open and honest discussion with everyone on your staff. Your employees will not only tell you about problems that you may not know exist, but may solve them just as quick and often in the same meeting.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

4 Best Practices to Generate Company Buy-In

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jun 13, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and businesssuccess. In this post, Steven Nghe of Kloeckner Metals discusses the steps to getting your company on board with your goals and ideas.

In business, there’s long been the concept of A, B, and C players. The A players are the powerhouse members of the team. They’re attracted to challenges, they complete projects above expectation, and they innovate. Meanwhile, B players are accurate, reliable, and consistent; and C players coast. The term was popularized by Jack Welch, CEO of Generic Electric, who had a policy of forced ranking employees and “letting go” of the bottom 10% each business unit.

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Topics: Supplier and Member Best Practices, Talent and Leadership

Technology Trends Driving The Future of Manufacturing

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jun 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, tech enthusiast and freelance writer, Heather Redding, discusses the technologies changing the face of manufacturing.

Like all industries, the world of manufacturing is in the midst of a technological revolution. Traditional industries are being reshaped by technical innovation and things are getting more competitive and faster moving than ever. It's important for businesses to understand the latest technology trends and use this knowledge to bring new products to market and improve processes. In addition to products being improved and costs lowered, the customer experience is being enhanced through customization and speed. Here are some technology trends that are driving the future of manufacturing.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industry News

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