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8 Steps to Getting Your Inventory Under Control
  By: John B. Vinturella
These are a few actions that should apply to continuous improvement programs at most inventory-based businesses.

How to Screw Up a Lean Transition
  By: Jack Harrison
There are many ways to make the transition to lean. Some work better than others. One thing is for certain: It is considerably more difficult to make the change on a second attempt, i.e. after an initial failure. This article addresses many of the common causes of the implosion.

Motivational Operations
  By: Brent Filson

Clearly, many factors further operational excellence: capital, cycle time, technological advancements, quality, efficiencies, etc. But motivation is the most fundamental, operational determinant at all, for it drives all the others.


Strategic and operational Controlling - Early Recognition of Crisis
  By: Stephan Szugat
Assistance in good and in bad times - some enterprises are in a crisis without knowing it. Often it is only noted that something must happen, when customers move away, loans are cancelled, suppliers threaten the business with stop of delivery and when more and more pressure is put on the business.

The Migration to Retail S&OP
  By: Ron Ireland

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) has been considered a best practice in the manufacturing industry for the past 25 years. Initially started as a process to balance demand and supply, retail S&OP has evolved to a more robust Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process that links Strategic Plans, with product portfolio reviews and new product introductions, unconstrained demand plans, supply plans and capabilities, and financial appraisals of the Integrated Business Plans over a planning horizon of 24 months or more.


The New Edge in Manufacturing
  By: Andrew Morris
There are many challenges facing manufacturing organizations today. Complex and infrequently performed tasks don't allow sufficient practice to maintain skills, and just-in-time access to reference materials and subject matter experts may not be possible all the time. The result is often delayed repair and maintenance cycles, longer equipment downtime, increased costs and lost productivity.

Total Quality Lean: The Critical Connection Between Lean Manufacturing and World Class Quality
  By: Jack Harrison
Fundamental Lean philosophy and basic Lean techniques drive huge, order of magnitude, improvements in overall quality levels.  These affect both internal cost-of-quality as well as quality at the customer site.


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