Forecast Challenge

Whenever you kick off a demand planning cycle, you may get the feeling that it’s an exercise in futility. Honestly, it is difficult to reliably predict future business, and…

Right materials on-hand?

Inventory ManagementWithin 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

Labor trends in US manufacturingAs we mentioned in the Megatrends post, US manufacturers are facing a number of headwinds when it comes to sourcing their labor.  These manufacturers differentiate…

Lean vs. Six Sigma

Many people today tout Lean Six Sigma as a common tool to drive process improvement across industries and functions.  You may think that the two are one in the same…

Perspective from a Former Plant Manager

The Labor Dilemma As a plant manager, unit manager and departmental supervisor throughout my career, my day went something like this. Get to work early and assess the plans one…

Forecasting versus Flexibility

Forecasts, by definition, will always be wrong. The degree to which they are wrong varies widely – the magnitude of the gap is often a factor of demand planning techniques and…

Closing the Skills Gap

The Skills Gap ProblemThe manufacturing industry is booming, and soon there will be more jobs than workers.   Where have all the workers gone?  They are retiring at an alarming…

Building a Better Workforce

https://youtu.be/p5X8vdcF-e0WHAT DO BUSINESSES REALLY WANT FROM THEIR WORKERS?In order to succeed in the manufacturing, distribution, and warehousing sectors, businesses must be focused on one…

Higher Demands on Manufacturing

The New Manufacturing Environment At Veryable, we refer to it as “The Amazon Effect.”  If you own or operate a manufacturing business today, you may not be familiar with this…