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Lost in the Crowd? Six Ways to Avoid the Commodity Death Spiral
By Dan Adams, President, Advanced Industrial Marketing, Inc., Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Take a good hard look at your new product development strategies. What words come to mind? Do you think fresh, daring, and original? Or do you think, Hmmm, now where have I seen this before? If your widgets look suspiciously like your competitor's widgets, or theirs look like yours, or you have innovative ...
Using Self-Directed Work Teams
By Steve Dicke, VP Sales, Connecticut Spring & Stamping, Farmington, CT
Since 1994, Connecticut Spring & Stamping (CSS) had been using a variety of lean manufacturing techniques to reduce internal waste and costs. The company really expanded its lean manufacturing initiative in 2010, when it opted to use the concept of self-directed work teams (SDWTs) to ...
How to Develop a Path to Voluntary Procurement Compliance
By James Thomas, Strategic Marketing Manager, Zycus
Recently, I was discussing how important compulsory and/or voluntary stakeholder compliance is to achieving successful procurement technology adoption. After all, compliance bridges the rather large gap between the cost savings that get encoded into strategic supply contracts and spending processes ...
Management Styles in Bahrain
By Dr. Suhaila E. AlHashemi (PhD), Department of Management and Marketing, University of Bahrain (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Dr. Tamer A. Awad (email@example.com)
Providing the kind of managerial leadership needed for success in the business world is not substantially different in Bahrain than elsewhere in today's global economy. But there are certain areas that call for an extra measure of understanding — zeroing in on the types of leadership skills that ...
Driving Successful Procurement Technology Initiatives
By James Thomas, Manager-Strategic Marketing, Zycus
It is easy for an ambitious procurement leader to decide that enterprise spend and procurement management is a good thing for a corporation. It is also relatively easy to persuade corporate executives to buy into the idea. After all, what corporate leader would not jump at the chance to save millions ...
Organic Business Growth: Blueprint for Change
Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Making a lasting change is usually easier said than done. Think about it. Most of us spend more time talking about that next diet or exercise program we plan to start than we do actually going through with it. Businesses have just as much difficulty going through with change as individuals ...
Mobile Video Collaboration: Bringing Experts to the Problems Instantly
By Marieke Wijtkamp, Vice President, Librestream Technologies Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Time is money. For companies with operations spread across the globe, delays in resolving quality problems or production line issues can kill the bottom line. If the most skilled engineer is located in New York or Detroit and the production line is in China, costs mount quickly when ...
Delivering Cost Savings, Quality and Service
By William Gindlesperger, Chief Executive Officer, e-LYNXX Corporation, Chambersburg, PA
Traditional procurement methods have failed to solve the quality, timeliness, cost ("good, fast, and cheap") dilemma of being able to provide a product or service for a low cost while delivering top quality work on time. One of these three qualities has always been sacrificed — until now.
Acacia: Fixing What's Wrong with US Patents
By Adam Handelsman, Managing Director, Lippert/Heilshorn and Associates, Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org
The world of intellectual property (IP) and the patent licensing sector have changed rapidly and there are few organizations nimble enough to expand and grow accordingly. Acacia Research arrived on the scene in 2002 and immediately made its impact felt as it did battle for and successfully licensed dozens ...
Improving Project Estimates
By Curt Finch, CEO, Journyx, Austin, TX
Project estimation is extremely difficult without the right data, yet doing it effectively is one of the only ways to ensure the success of the project (and, by extension, the business). Unfortunately, many project managers find themselves unable to answer critical questions like:
New Ways to Access Working Capital
By Patrick Hoss, Capital Partners, Carlsbad, CA
In today's tough lending climate, many small and medium-sized electronic manufacturers or hi-tech businesses are facing financial challenges, and as a result the business owners or senior executives who are running day-to-day operations are looking for new ways to access creative working capital; ...
Translating Productivity into Prosperity
By Ed Romaine, Sapient Automation, Doylestown, PA
It's becoming more apparent that the U.S economy is in a slow but gradually accelerating recovery. According to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) semi-annual forecast, the U.S. manufacturing sector will grow in 2011, with manufacturing revenue increasing by 5.6 percent. ISM also predicts that ...
Fighting the Environmental Compliance Battle
By Nikki Johnson, Environmental Compliance Engineer, Total Parts Plus, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Complying with the developing environmental legislation within the electronics industry has become increasingly difficult, especially within the last few years. As environmental legislation changes, having up-to-date information is like trying to successfully shoot a moving target. As more restrictions ...
Industrial Recovery: Pushing the Envelope
By Dr. Chris Kuehl, Economic Analyst, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, Rockford, IL
The industrial sector remains the star of the U.S. economy, although it is obvious that it cannot pull the economy along on its own for much longer. It has always been assumed that manufacturers were starting the process of exiting the recession, but at some point the consumer was going to have to ...
A New Safety Standard for High Tech Products
By Tom Burke, Principal Engineer, High-Tech Division, Underwriters Laboratories
In the final years of the 20th Century, an explosion of multimedia technology began to erase the distinctions between different types of products. Suddenly computers, A/V equipment and other new information and communications technology became interconnected and virtually interchangeable. Products originally ...
Automating Communications with Smaller Suppliers
By Bill Metallo, Vice President, Seeburger, Inc., Atlanta, GA
If you're still exchanging purchase orders, material releases and other transaction documents with your smaller suppliers by fax or e-mail, you're losing out on significant savings, efficiency and supply chain visibility opportunities. This is especially true for Asian suppliers, who typically are more ...
Startups: Being There at the Beginning
By Andy Marken, Marken Communications, Santa Clara, CA
Get in on the ground floor, put in a rough year or two and retire a millionaire. It's the American Dream, and has happened quite often — especially during Silicon Valley's heyday and the dot com boom. But today? There are many come-ons, and many of them are bona fide. You've heard them all before ...
eKanban Comes of Age
By Bill Metallo, Vice President, Seeburger, Inc., Atlanta, GA and James Hatcher, Managing Director, Seeburger Asia Pacific, Tokyo
For years, eKanban has been touted as a lean manufacturing strategy capable of automating parts consumption tracking and replenishment, but most of the talk has been as empty as a consumed kanban bin. Tracking material flow in real time by electronic signal (electronic kanban) rather than by hand ...
Six Levels of Customer Engagement
By Dan Adams, President, Advanced Industrial Marketing, Inc., Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Is your company a great innovator? It's a tricky question. If you interrogate your sales team a couple of times a year, then bombard the marketplace with new "solutions" to customer problems, you might assume the answer is yes. After all, you are giving your company's product developers a real workout ...
Austin's Clean Energy Venture Fosters Debate About Utilities
By Wendy Prabhu, President, Mercom Capital Group, Austin, TX
For two days, deal-makers, utilities and emerging clean energy technology companies from across the U.S. converged at Austin's third-annual Clean Energy Venture Summit (CEVS) to share ideas about advancing the smart grid, compete for funding and vie for a chance to participate in the Pecan Street Project ...
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