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Achieving Better Supplier Relationships with Better Data

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jan 26, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Stephanie Dula, Communications Manager at PayStream Advisors discusses strategies for better corralling procurement data.  

Today’s procurement professionals are seeking new ways to gain visibility into the massive transaction volume that accompanies digitized business processes. In an ideal world, this data is visible, meaningful, and actionable. But we don’t exactly operate in an ideal world. Much of the data challenges that operations wrestle with are related to their supplier networks. In fact, poor data management ranks as the number one obstacle to smooth supplier relations according to PayStream Advisors.

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Topics: Industry News, Supplier and Member Best Practices

The Top Five Time Management Apps for Business Professionals

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jan 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Jason Dasher of Commercial Truck Financing discusses the apps everyone in the business world needs to save time.

Time is one of the most important resources for a company because it plays a key role in determining productivity and profitability. Unfortunately, time management depends on other factors of production such as workplace policies, collective staff morale, as well as financial incentives.

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Topics: Industry News, Talent and Leadership

Why We Are Failing Faster Than Ever (Part 2)

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jan 17, 2017 3:00:00 PM

The Case for a Revolution in Supply Chain Management

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share their insights on the present and future of manufacturing success. In this post, Chad Smith of Demand Driven Institute discusses the new approaches that must be implemented for supply chain management success in today’s marketplace.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Industry News

Our Emotional Intelligence Holds the Key to Our Success

Posted by Mike McDonald on Jan 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Everyone’s familiar with what intelligence quotient (IQ) is, and probably hopes his or hers is off the charts. But it turns out, a person’s emotional quotient (EQ) is even more predictive of one’s success. Emotional intelligence is the capability to accurately assess your own emotions, as well the emotions of others. And then to manage or adjust your conduct based on this assessment in effort to achieve your goals. Studies have shown that people with higher EQs also have greater job performance, leaderships skills and overall mental health.

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Topics: Industry News

How Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize Manufacturing

Posted by Dan Grant on Dec 23, 2016 1:08:56 PM

“We have this tendency to make things smarter and smarter,” so says, digital visionary, Kevin Kelly, in his recent TED Talk about how artificial intelligence will spawn the next industrial revolution. Artificial intelligence is already doing many tasks way better than a human can do today. It’s analyzing x-rays in hospitals, combing through legal documents, and flying planes, all more effectively than we can do ourselves. It gives us the ability to think differently which in turn leads to new creations and new jobs.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industry News

The Emergence of the New Supply Chain Leader

Posted by Dan Grant on Dec 6, 2016 2:15:00 PM

At the Prime Advantage Fall 2016 Conference, professor Steven A. Melnyk of Michigan State University presented on the new type of leader required for the supply chain of the future. According to Melnyk, today’s supply chain is a result of investments made in the past. However, tomorrow’s supply chain will be a result of investments made today. And to make sound investments, we must be able to improve on our ability to forecast and project.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Industry News

How Employees Can Subdue Rising Healthcare Costs

Posted by Mike McDonald on Nov 30, 2016 9:45:00 AM

Healthcare premiums are increasingly putting more and more of a financial squeeze on employers and their employees. It’s clear that proactive actions need to be taken as the rising healthcare cost train is not going to be slowing down anytime in the foreseeable future. Indeed, there is no magic pill to swallow to expel this money-destroying virus, but there are several measures each of us can take that when tallied up, can get health expenses into a manageable state. Forbes suggests 10 Ways Employees Can Beat Rising Healthcare Costs that could provide some relief. Here are a few of those recommendations:

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Topics: Industry News

How Customization Is Changing Technology

Posted by Guest Contributor on Nov 23, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share their insights on the present and future of manufacturing success. In this post, Alex Clark-McGlenn discusses how customers are demanding more and more personalization in their products.

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Topics: Industry News

Why We Are Failing Faster Than Ever (Part 1)

Posted by Guest Contributor on Nov 8, 2016 3:10:00 PM

The Case for a Revolution in Supply Chain Management

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share their insights on the present and future of manufacturing success. In this post, Chad Smith of Demand Driven Institute discusses the new approaches that must be implemented for supply chain management success in today’s marketplace.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Industry News

Manufacturing’s Temperature Forecast

Posted by Mike McDonald on Sep 22, 2016 8:50:00 AM

Each year, here at Prime Advantage, we survey our Members to see where manufacturing, and specifically procurement within manufacturing, is today and where it’s heading. It’s always encouraging to see when the temperature of this porridge is “hot” or at least, “just right.” Well the results of Prime Advantage’s 8th Annual Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey are in, with some truly fascinating discoveries. On the bright side, 97% of our Member companies are expecting revenue to either jump or sustain in the next 12 months, in comparison to 80% at this time last year.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industry News

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