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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

How to Make Your Company Culture More Data-Driven

Posted by Guest Contributor on May 9, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Jonathan Toler, of Kloeckner Metals discusses how companies can make more strategic decisions through better use of their data.

Data Isn’t All or Nothing

Digital transformation is the buzzword of businesses everywhere who are rapidly trying to digitize their organizations to stay competitive. Digital transformation starts with data and building a culture in your organization that’s data driven. But, for all the hype, taking those first steps towards becoming more data driven doesn’t have to be a painstaking, all-in organizational restart. It can start with incremental moves that make data more accessible, bridge siloed departments, and, finally, tie data with departmental and organizational outcomes.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership, Analytics and Technology

How to Ensure Your Employees Stay Safe in the Workplace

Posted by Guest Contributor on Apr 25, 2017 2:05:00 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.

Employees are a valuable asset to every business, thus caring about their welfare and ensuring the workplace is safe for them is essential. If an accident occurs, not only will you be losing an important asset, but you could also get into legal trouble.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Managing Your Boss: How to Get the Support You Need in 10 Minutes a Week

Posted by Guest Contributor on Apr 13, 2017 2:05:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and author of Winning Well, discusses how to get the most out of your limited time with your manager.

When's the last time you had a really great one-on-one with your boss? If your answer is anything but "in the last 2 weeks," you're not alone. A great cadence of good one-on-one meetings is unusual. Why? Well first, everybody’s busy. It's easier to cancel a meeting with a direct report than with your boss. Or perhaps, your one-on-ones drag on, lack preparation, or generally feel like a waste of time.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

The Power of Personal Touches

Posted by Guest Contributor on Mar 2, 2017 1:45:00 PM

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 easy methods for staying top-of-mind with your customers.

In today’s fast paced online world, the personal touch can turn a one-off sale into a lifelong relationship. With the speed at which the manufacturing and shipping world are going today, nothing beats taking the time to build relationships with each and every customer your company has a chance to interact and do business with. What may not turn into a sale today could become one of your best clients down the road.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Five Signs Drama is Destroying Your Culture

Posted by Guest Contributor on Feb 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and author of Winning Well, discusses how to solve workplace issues instead of just covering them up.

Diaper Genies are a FABULOUS invention-- for parents and nurseries. They hide the stink of a diaper and exponentially increase the interval necessary to empty the trash. The stink stays conveniently wrapped tightly in plastic so no one can smell it. The stink is unavoidable and the Diaper Genie provides a welcome reprieve.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Playing the Long Game with Your Productivity

Posted by Guest Contributor on Feb 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Andy McNulty of Communication Performance Management Associates, discusses how you can be more productive by keeping score of your goals.

No, life is not a game. But it can be a lot of fun and maybe we’d be better at it if we kept score. For example, everybody I know who plays golf wants to play more. But as marriage and work and kids tend to creep into our (tee-)time, it gets more and more difficult to find the time and the money, and even the accomplices, with whom to sneak away with and squeeze in even nine holes. If we were more efficient with those things which appear to be the obstacles to our golf game, we’d have more resources to allocate to playing. Ironically, “playing golf every day,” can help us to play more golf…or at least be more productive and do something we really want to do if playing golf isn’t it. (Some people would rather fish.) 

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

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

10 Quotes That Will Inspire You and Your Business

Posted by Joe Ptak on Dec 9, 2016 4:15:00 PM

Everyone loves a good quote. We inhale them, forward them to friends, and post them on social media accompanied by comments like, “This.” They sum up exactly what was just on the tip of our tongues. They can explain why we did something, but most often, what we’ve been meaning to do. And more than anything, they challenge us. Not just to pass along, not just to digest, or enjoy, but on how to aspire to live. Which, takes a whole lot of effort. So therein lies the challenge -- to extend the kernels of wisdom past the moment of when we’re just reading them. To be inspired to act the next day, and the next day, and then next day after that. To keep the thoughts sitting at the forefront of our minds and not just in the notes on our phones.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

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