A New Approach to Millennials
In a recent conversation with an Operations Director, he was describing how his breakroom has grown quiet over the past few years. The change in...
Clean your shop floor with 5s
If your production facility or shop floor is struggling to maintain consistent results or reach productivity targets, then it’s time to step back and consider...
Breaking Martec's Law
We live in a world where technology is all around us. Chances are, most of us are using advanced technology in our daily lives (i.e. smartphones, wearables, smart TVs, IoT, etc...
Taking on Workforce Turnover
The US manufacturing sector is facing a significant challenge to fill 500,000 jobs and handle the constant workforce turnover that local competition for labor generates...
The Government Shutdown and the Gig Economy
The government is on its 33rd day (and counting) of being shut down. This is the longest shutdown in America’s history, surpassing the 21-day shutdown of 1995...
Forecast Challenge
Whenever you kick off a demand planning cycle, you may get the feeling that it's an exercise in futility....
Right materials on-hand?
Within the walls of a manufacturing or distribution facility, lots of things can change that will drive productivity down.  It's a constant battle to maintain throughput standards...
Coping with a Skilled Labor Shortage
As we mentioned in the Megatrends post, US manufacturers are facing a number of headwinds when it c...
Lean vs. Six Sigma
Many people today tout Lean Six Sigma as a common tool to drive p...
Perspective from a Former Plant Manager
As a plant manager, unit manager and departmental supervisor throughout my career, my day went some...