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The Need for Cyber Security In Manufacturing

By Carolyn Owen on Nov 29, 2022 4:33:03 PM

No matter what niche your company serves, we’re willing to bet that your data is your most valuable asset. When every key performance indicator can be measured, all customer and employee data are stored internally, and each sales metric is tucked carefully away somewhere within your network– it’s necessary to keep this information safe.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing
4 min read

The American Dream, On-Demand

By Carolyn Owen on Nov 22, 2022 5:01:53 PM

“The American Dream” had to come from somewhere, right? If you’re keen on American history, you’re aware of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the creation of America’s “more to life” mindset. America’s founding fathers sought freedom from the status quo of the British regime. They wanted to live how they saw fit, even if their loyalist relatives and neighbors disagreed. So, they got to work creating a world around them that catered to their way of life, and eventually declared independence from the British crown altogether. In doing so, they created the nation that ultimately became the place where dreams turn into realities.

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How Your Business Can Pick The Best Bid

By Carolyn Owen on Nov 16, 2022 2:56:32 PM

We all want a good deal. We always want to know how much can we get for the least amount of money. The truth is that there are benefits to spending a little more to get what you need. By the same merit, taking a chance on quality for a smaller investment might lead to stellar results.

3 min read

How To Place Bids That Get Picked

By Carolyn Owen on Nov 15, 2022 10:10:14 AM

Are you a new operator using Veryable, wondering just how to make the perfect bid that will actually get picked?

3 min read

When On-Demand Labor Is A Good Fit

By Carolyn Owen on Nov 11, 2022 2:38:45 PM

Is your business facing peak sales seasons, a revolving door of full time employees, or projects that seem to pop up out of nowhere?

4 min read

How To Successfully Sell Out During The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

By Carolyn Owen on Nov 9, 2022 10:11:16 AM

Ahh, Black Friday. For many companies, this is the time of year that sees the most business and can make or break your success in hitting annual targets. Earlier this season, we wrote about the benefits manufacturers could anticipate from utilizing on-demand labor to get through a peak creation season. Only a month later, the time for distributors and fulfillment centers to gear up for the busy season has arrived.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Workforce Innovation
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Tradition vs. Tech: How Much “The Norm” Is Costing You

By Carolyn Owen on Nov 4, 2022 1:13:34 PM

Making sure your team has enough hands on deck can present challenges of all kinds. Namely, the expense involved with traditional ways of hiring. Traditionally, a recruiter could spend a couple of weeks hiring for just one position. All things considered (things being salary, onboarding costs, and the plan ahead), hiring often comes with a hefty fee attached.

3 min read

Four Ways American Manufacturing Helps The Environment

By Carolyn Owen on Oct 27, 2022 4:37:47 PM

This land is your land, this land is my land.

Topics: Culture
7 min read

Economies of Scale Are Nice, But Rigidities of Scale?

By Gauthier Duval on Oct 20, 2022 3:32:49 PM

The effect of economies of scale is well-established and important for businesses. It is the principle behind the “learning curve effect” and the strategic value of gaining market share.

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How On-Demand Labor Can Strengthen Your Online Presence

By Carolyn Owen on Oct 14, 2022 11:35:37 AM

This just in: your order volume is increasing. What was once a small business you fully owned and operated alone is now a full-blown e-commerce store, and you’ve got a whole team to manage. Sound familiar? Would you like it to? You’re in the right place.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
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Gearing Up For Black Friday: Get Ahead of Manufacturing Problems With On-Demand Labor

By Carolyn Owen on Oct 11, 2022 1:59:30 PM

Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season for consumers worldwide. While they’re scrolling through must-have lists and shopping guides a couple of weeks out, manufacturers have already produced the season’s hottest items. Forecasting demand and getting boxes ready to fly off the shelves is no simple task and requires manpower from all angles where manufacturing is concerned.

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The Modern Tradesman

By Carolyn Owen on Oct 6, 2022 2:04:42 PM

The idea of the American manufacturing industry has always carried an implied meaning. When visualizing it, the setting that comes to mind might be in black and white, featuring workers covered in dirt and hard-earned sweat. While the days of Henry Ford’s assembly lines certainly influenced the industry that quickly became the backbone of America, the methods of manufacturing have kept up with current times.

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How To Perform Root Cause Analysis With the “Five Times Why” Method

By Gauthier Duval on Sep 23, 2022 6:50:32 PM

In an earlier blog post, we said that defect prevention depended on understanding the root cause(s). Because this is such an important part of the problem-solving process, let’s explore it further.

6 min read

How to Build Quality into Your Process

By Gauthier Duval on Sep 7, 2022 4:51:15 PM

Quality is a valid concern whether you’re using on-demand labor or not

Having on-demand labor at your fingertips is a great competitive advantage, but many businesses have questions about how bringing in new operators might affect quality. 

Topics: Lean Poka Yoke Error-Proofing
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Don't Call Yourself Lean If You Don't Use On-Demand Labor

By Gauthier Duval on Aug 10, 2022 1:25:27 PM

The current lean paradigm is about to drastically change, leading to an expansion of just-in-time. While leveling is a part of any lean production system, we need to see it for what it is: a countermeasure to rigidities that ends up being anti-lean. The gist of this article is that we now have a better solution.

Topics: Lean Methodology Lean Heijunka just-in-time
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Survey Results: Veryable Customers Make and Source in America

By Steven Calhoun on Jul 20, 2022 1:32:34 PM

We performed a survey of our current customer base and found that our customers are overwhelmingly producing and sourcing within the United States. This is a result of our focus on our core mission of revitalizing US manufacturing. We’re resonating with a significant portion of the supply chain that wants to localize production and is ready to innovate to make it happen.

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Do People Really Hate Their Job? (And Can You Change That?)

By Gauthier Duval on Jul 19, 2022 10:08:48 AM

There is a lot of talk about how difficult it is for businesses to find and keep workers. Whether you call it “The Great Resignation” or another term, something is clearly happening. The sixty-four-thousand-dollar question is, “What’s driving this?”.

Topics: Workforce Innovation
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What is Supply Chain Visibility?

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 29, 2022 1:04:17 PM

You’ve seen the comments about supply chain visibility, and maybe you’ve encountered some technology providers who want you to know all about how their solution is the best for it. But first, you’ll need to know what it is and whether it’s useful for your business.

Topics: Operational Excellence
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How to Reduce Transactional Complexity with Lean

By Gauthier Duval on Jun 22, 2022 9:50:52 AM

Have you ever wondered where all the overhead in your business is coming from? Transaction costs might be to blame, but luckily there are things you can do to minimize these. Lean methodology holds the keys to reducing the most readily addressable issues affecting transaction costs in your business.

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A Recession Business Strategy for Manufacturing Companies

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 15, 2022 4:24:46 PM

You’ve likely heard the forecasts  of an impending recession. Some people might even have warned you of the possibility of a depression. We’re in no place to make a judgment on whether or not these predictions will come true, but we do know what you can do to prepare, just in case.

3 min read

How to Fix Manufacturing Skills Training

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 10, 2022 1:50:07 PM

The skilled labor shortage has been a persistent problem in manufacturing for some time now. What’s causing this, and how do we fix it?

Topics: Workforce Innovation
4 min read

Additional Capacity vs Additional Inventory: Which is a Better Solution?

By Gauthier Duval on Jun 6, 2022 9:52:58 AM

You’ll sometimes hear inventory referred to as “crystallized capacity,” the idea being that when you have limited capacity, building inventory is a solution that helps you meet customer demand. The typical example is a seasonal business, like a manufacturer of skiing equipment. 

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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On-Demand Labor for Automotive Manufacturers

By Derek Ochodnicky on Jun 3, 2022 2:03:16 PM

Automotive manufacturing is not immune to the challenges facing the rest of the supply chain. Volatility is common in manufacturing and certain variables, such as geopolitical uncertainty, are often out of the circle of control. However, two of the most common struggles which can be affected are labor and the supply chain. If you sample a group of manufacturers, those two topics will come up over and over.

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Come and Make It - Episode 1

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 3, 2022 11:43:56 AM

 

In this episode of "Come and Make It," Steven Calhoun and Emily Tompkins discuss:
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Flexibility vs Agility in Supply Chain Operations

By Pat Dippel on May 20, 2022 2:00:00 PM

Flexibility and agility are two words that are often used interchangeably, but there are important distinctions between them. Knowing the difference can guide how and when you focus your time and energy to strengthen your business.

Topics: Operational Excellence
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Benefits of US Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on May 11, 2022 10:59:59 AM

Reshoring is a hot topic due to the shocks to the supply chain over the past few years. Maybe you’re considering reshoring, but aren’t sure if it will be worth the trouble. What are the benefits of reshoring which so many people are saying you should be doing?

3 min read

The Future of Manufacturing: Real-Time Agile Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on May 6, 2022 10:42:34 AM

The next evolution of manufacturing will be true “lot size one” and will respond in real time to customer demands. Real-time agile manufacturing will require new approaches to production, including how labor capacity is managed, how production occurs (i.e. additive manufacturing, asset-light manufacturing), and how the supply chain is arranged (i.e. decentralized manufacturing).

Topics: Operational Excellence Megatrends
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Is Piecework a Lean Tool?

By Gauthier Duval on May 5, 2022 3:30:00 PM

While piecework is not as common as it used to be, perhaps you’re wondering if it would work in your business. For Lean practitioners especially, it’s important to consider how this would impact the culture of your workplace. Will workers still function as teams? Will productivity change?

4 min read

The Future of Manufacturing: Asset-Light Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 28, 2022 1:40:13 PM

The future of manufacturing is localized, agile, asset-light, and focused on customization to meet each customer’s preference.

3 min read

Labor Capacity Fluctuations and How to Respond

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 22, 2022 11:00:00 AM

There are many reasons you might be lacking labor capacity to meet the day’s demand. Workforce burnout, sick employees, religious accommodations, PTO, and a tight labor market are all common causes of labor capacity fluctuations.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Workforce Innovation
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Value Stream Mapping: Trap or Treasure?

By Gauthier Duval on Apr 21, 2022 4:08:29 PM

Value stream mapping seems like a cryptic artificial constraint to the outsider, but it can actually be a powerful tool for your business. If you get past seeing this as a documentation exercise and explore the possibilities it exposes for operational improvements, you’ll see how a value stream map is worth your time.

Topics: Lean Methodology
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The Future of Manufacturing: Local, Decentralized Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 13, 2022 1:17:59 PM

The future of manufacturing is localized, agile, asset-light, and focused on customization to meet each customer’s preference.

Topics: Megatrends
4 min read

The Dutch Disease and the Local Workforce

By Josh Mote on Apr 8, 2022 9:45:00 AM

Local workforces are a microcosm of the overall state of the labor market. In a tight labor market, the local workforces often feel it most strongly. When a large employer moves into town, this often causes a shift in the workforce that can be quite disruptive. A concept known as the Dutch Disease can reveal some insights into how to deal with this issue.

Topics: Workforce Innovation
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Veryable Wins MHI Innovation Award at MODEX 2022

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 6, 2022 9:45:00 AM

Veryable won the MHI Innovation Award for Best IT Innovation, awarded March 30, 2022 at MHI Industry Night at MODEX. Veryable’s on-demand labor marketplace competed with many other participants and won based on the concept, value, and impact as judged by professionals from the material handling and supply chain industry.

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The Six Ideals of the Toyota Production System

By Gauthier Duval on Apr 1, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Many people know about the two pillars of the Toyota Production System (TPS): just-in-time and jidoka, and they probably know the two principles of TPS – continuous improvement and respect for people.

Topics: Lean Methodology
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The Future of Manufacturing: Additive Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Mar 25, 2022 9:00:00 AM

The future of manufacturing is localized, agile, asset-light, and focused on customization to meet each customer’s preference.

Topics: Megatrends
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Reinstated Employment Classification Standard a Win for Workers

By Kyle Klansek, Vice President - Legal and Risk on Mar 16, 2022 4:15:36 PM

On March 14, 2022, the Eastern District Court of Texas reinstated a Trump-era rule which clarifies the worker classification test used to determine whether individuals are independent contractors or employees under federal law.

Topics: Workforce Innovation
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Why simple, high-impact metrics are the first step to data maturity

By Matthew Babich on Mar 14, 2022 4:02:27 PM

Data maturity is a skill which, just like any other skill, requires an initial foundation of knowledge and practice with incremental advancement until excellence is achieved.

Topics: Operational Excellence
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Why Standard Work is the “Secret Weapon” of the Best Lean Companies

By Gauthier Duval on Mar 4, 2022 9:51:26 AM

In this blog, we’ll provide a solution to a common problem across all industries: insufficient standardization, leading to quality issues and inconsistent throughput rates.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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How to Calculate Employee Turnover Rate

By Steven Calhoun on Feb 28, 2022 12:00:00 PM

Everyone faces turnover at some point. Knowing your turnover rate enables you to properly manage your labor capacity by taking action to address your labor needs.

7 min read

Blockchain in the Supply Chain: Procure or Pass?

By Steven Calhoun on Feb 21, 2022 4:11:37 PM

Blockchain has been a hot topic since 2017, although most probably know about the technology because of the craze around cryptocurrencies. However, companies have started to pursue other uses for the technology in supply chains, such as material tracing. You might have heard of big players such as Walmart using the blockchain to trace food, but what does this mean for small businesses in the supply chain?

Topics: Digital Manufacturing Megatrends
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What is Kaizen?

By Steven Calhoun on Feb 11, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Kaizen is a term you’ll hear thrown out casually in conversation with many manufacturing leaders. If you’ve been using context clues to get by this far, you’ve likely figured out that it has something to do with always improving. So what exactly is kaizen, and why are people talking about it?

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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Why Most Businesses Can’t Sustain 5S

By Gauthier Duval on Feb 2, 2022 3:24:10 PM

Want a real challenge? I challenge you to find a factory with more than 20 people that doesn’t at least try to apply 5S.

Topics: Lean Methodology
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Andon Systems: Definition, Types, and Benefits

By Steven Calhoun on Jan 28, 2022 11:21:08 AM

You’ve probably encountered a scenario in which you needed to stop production to solve an issue causing defects. And you probably lost more productivity than you would have liked, especially if you didn't find out about it until a few hours later when someone casually mentioned the problem at the water cooler like it was common knowledge.

Topics: Lean Methodology
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Why Lean Culture is Key to Revitalizing US Manufacturing

By Gauthier Duval on Jan 21, 2022 9:50:17 AM

Lean companies talk about “respect for people'' as a key piece of the Lean mindset, but what does it mean? It means that those who are closest to the process and add value are the true experts when it comes to rapid and sustained kaizen and that the role of managers is to develop and empower them. 

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The Benefits of Data Collection for Manufacturing Companies

By Matthew Babich on Jan 14, 2022 1:45:37 PM

Imagine yourself sitting at a table, attempting to complete a puzzle blindfolded. Without the use of your eyes, you find your hands scrambling around the table, hopelessly feeling edges and shoving pieces together at random. With the use of your eyes, the information needed to complete the task efficiently is clear, like where the colors match and where they don’t.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing Operational Excellence
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Pull Production Systems: Push vs Pull, Types, and Tools

By Steven Calhoun on Jan 12, 2022 3:34:10 PM

Stacking inventory as a buffer is a common practice, but it often goes too far. In the worst cases, businesses produce everything ahead of time and then hope to sell it all, only to find that engineering made an urgent modification to the product or that the forecasts were way off.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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Augmented Reality in Manufacturing: What is It and What Does it Do?

By Pete Conrad on Jan 5, 2022 9:39:00 AM

From metaverse to augmented reality, these terms are spinning a bunch of buzz around them, but what do they really mean? There continues to be a lot of discussion around augmented reality in manufacturing. However, we have not seen a breakthrough use case to date that has uncovered a trove of value creation.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing Megatrends
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Visual Management in Manufacturing and Logistics

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 30, 2021 10:45:00 AM

There are likely many times you’ve encountered problems that arose from something being unclear. Communication is key, as the saying goes. That’s where visual management comes in.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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The Five S Methodology: A Powerful Lean Tool

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 28, 2021 12:32:45 PM

One of the first steps toward adopting the Lean methodology is implementing the five S’s. You might have heard of these before, but we’re going to make it clear what these terms are, what they mean, and how you can use the 5S methodology to set a strong foundation for future operational improvements.

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Why Veryable is Only for Manufacturing and Logistics Companies

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 10, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Companies often ask us why we only focus on providing our on-demand labor marketplace for the manufacturing and logistics industries in the United States.

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On-Time, In-Full (OTIF): A Key Supply Chain Metric

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 8, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Delivering on time and including everything the customer ordered are key to succeeding in the supply chain. So how should you measure your performance in this area?

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The Labor Shortage: What’s Changed and Why It’s Here to Stay

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 3, 2021 9:31:55 AM

You’ve seen the headlines and heard the talking points on what’s happening in the labor market in the US. But what does this mean for you as someone in manufacturing and logistics, and more importantly, how can you adapt to this reality and come out stronger on the other side?

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The Pitfalls of Relying Only on Full-Time Employees

By Rich Tompkins on Dec 1, 2021 10:01:00 AM

If you say “we only want to hire full-time employees,” then you’ve probably been burned by temp staffing or aren’t aware of all the options for finding workers to get work done in your facility. Keeping your labor capacity at the right level is a big problem to solve, and if you expect better results, you’re going to need to change your methods.

Topics: Workforce Innovation
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Best IIoT Platforms for Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 24, 2021 12:00:00 PM

It can be daunting to select an IIoT platform when you’re on your digital transformation journey. The good news is, your transformation won’t happen overnight, so there’s plenty of time to pick the right solution.

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What is Poka-Yoke? (Definition, Examples, and Benefits)

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 17, 2021 11:15:00 AM

Have you ever gone through the steps of a process and thought, “Wow, that was easy”? If you have, there’s a chance that poka-yoke was involved. There’s a common refrain that good design goes unnoticed. Maybe that’s why you haven’t heard of poka-yoke until just now.

Topics: Lean Methodology
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Best CMMS for Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 12, 2021 9:55:21 AM

We’ve narrowed down the leaders in the maintenance management software realm and compared them to help you decide which one works best for your business.

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On-Demand Labor for Building Product Suppliers

By Jonathan Feise on Nov 10, 2021 12:00:00 PM

When your orders come in for the next day and you see that it’s your pickiest customer with a bigger request than usual, you need a plan fast. And when your orders slim back down, you don’t want to pay people to stand around waiting for work.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Industry Guides
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Don’t Ditch the Lean Supply Chain

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 5, 2021 10:37:09 AM

In recent months, some supply chain thinkers have all but blamed lean inventory levels for the challenges and delays the world has faced in 2020 and 2021.

Topics: US Manufacturing Megatrends
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Best Warehouse Management Systems 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 3, 2021 1:00:00 PM

When your warehouse is buzzing and nobody has much time to stop and analyze the situation, you need a way to quickly see where everything is and then direct the work to get it done. That’s where warehouse management systems come in.

Topics: Operational Excellence
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Process Lead Time and Little’s Law

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 29, 2021 10:07:03 AM

Perhaps you’ve heard of process lead time, a common metric in manufacturing that gives you an idea of how long you’ll have to wait on a widget if you start working on it right now. But you might not know that it’s closely related to a queue theory concept called Little’s Law.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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Kanban for Manufacturing: Cards, Boards, and Supermarkets Explained

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 27, 2021 11:00:00 AM

When you need to know what to produce, how much of it to produce, and what order to produce it in, you have a couple ways to approach the problem. You can push through orders and create piles of inventory, or you can pull orders continuously to keep your production flowing smoothly.

Topics: Lean Methodology
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The 80/20 Rule for Operational Improvements in Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 22, 2021 9:40:00 AM

It’s important to know which actions will drive results, especially when there’s so much noise. Being able to narrow down your to-do list to what matters is a crucial skill for doing work that matters in today’s world.

Topics: Operational Excellence
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Reshoring: Time to Step Up and Accelerate the Trend

By Mike Kinder on Oct 20, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Back in early 2020, I published a couple articles aimed at encouraging US Manufacturers to stay the course and go on the offensive while global supply chains hemorrhaged amidst geopolitical turmoil. Now is the Time to Take it Back and Manufacturing Companies, Keep the Faith and Soldier On were calls to action during a time of great confusion and chaos – periods which have consistently proven to be the right time to rise above the noise and come out on the winning side.

Topics: US Manufacturing Megatrends
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Robotics Asset vs Labor Pool Asset

By Pete Conrad on Oct 15, 2021 10:16:14 AM

Automation, whether robots or co-bots, are drawing a lot of attention these days with the 43.7% growth of e-commerce and the increasing fulfillment needs across a number of industries and consumer categories.  We’ve all heard the familiar refrain that automation is taking over in manufacturing and logistics, but that has not been the case due to offshoring versus automation.  

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Production Leveling vs Agile Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 13, 2021 10:00:00 AM

You need to meet customer demands, but you also have to plan your production properly to make sure you’re working profitably. This is a tall task, and luckily, people in your shoes have already tried many approaches to solving this problem.

Topics: Operational Excellence
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Make the Most of Your Data with Veryable

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 8, 2021 1:20:12 PM

Are you making the most of the data available to you in your Veryable portal? When used properly, you can see how many workers you’ll need, what your efficiency targets should be, and how much value you’re creating for your company.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
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Improving Lead Times with On-Demand Labor

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 6, 2021 9:16:00 AM

As an operations leader in today’s hypercompetitive landscape, you’re always on the lookout for ways to reduce lead times to better satisfy internal stakeholders and, ultimately, delight the customer. In a volatile time with so many supply chain disruptions, the companies able to put products on shelves and in carts are the ones that get orders.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence
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Three Human Barriers to Labor Digitization and How to Promote Buy-in

By Seth Canner on Oct 1, 2021 2:00:00 PM

As a company decision-maker, you know that continuous improvement is critical to competing, and digitization is all but required to win in today’s market. However, stakeholders don’t always agree on the best way forward. Often the introduction of any new technology to your long-standing operations is a battle, and buy-in at all levels is necessary to maximize value creation.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing Operational Excellence
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Lean Six Sigma for Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 1, 2021 10:43:19 AM

There’s a good reason you hear about Lean, Six Sigma, and probably Lean Six Sigma all the time as a manufacturing leader. It’s a powerful way to manage your production, and so contagious that proud practitioners of this method often include their certification next to their names like doctors or lawyers.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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The Rube Goldberg Problem in Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Sep 23, 2021 4:51:12 PM

US manufacturing has a problem. It’s not attracting enough workers, and its output lags behind where it needs to be if we are going to bring productive power back onto our shores en masse. What would otherwise be a simple equation has become muddled with variables and complexities that leave us worse off, as the global supply chain has shown us in the past year. US manufacturing is stuck in a giant Rube Goldberg machine, propped up by tinier complexities at the individual facility level.

Topics: Operational Excellence
4 min read

Addressing Productivity Issues Using On-Demand Labor

By Steven Calhoun on Sep 17, 2021 10:03:55 AM

You’ve been here before: operations seem to be doing just fine, until you check the numbers and see that output is not keeping pace. You should be taking on more orders, but you’re having trouble keeping up with the ones you have. So what do you do?

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence
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Best Manufacturing Execution Systems 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Sep 15, 2021 1:19:04 PM

The following list of manufacturing execution software (MES) will help you choose the right tool for getting a clear picture of what’s going on inside your operation, so you can wrangle it under your control to achieve greater business results.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing
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The Problem with Heijunka Production Leveling

By Steven Calhoun on Sep 3, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Implementing heijunka to level your production is a longstanding approach to manufacturing. However, it can bog down your business when it is used as a self-imposed, artificial constraint on production.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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Three Steps to Improving Quality in Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Aug 30, 2021 7:30:00 AM

Quality is a qualifier for keeping business. The balancing act between cost, speed, and quality isn’t easy. Luckily, you still have control of your situation and can take action to save your operation from quality issues.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence
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The Metaverse and Manufacturing: Hype vs Reality

By Steven Calhoun on Aug 27, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Manufacturing has long had the concept of a “digital twin” of physical facilities and their machines. The consumer-oriented version of this concept has been branded the “metaverse” and is catching on among Silicon Valley figureheads and social media companies.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing Megatrends
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On-Demand Labor for Food Manufacturing Companies

By Daniel Goldstein on Aug 20, 2021 9:13:29 AM

If you’re a food manufacturer, you deal with products that become worthless if they aren’t delivered on time. On top of that, there are angry people at the other end of the supply chain who will face hangry customers if they can’t stock their shelves. Who wants to lose money and get an earful about it?

Topics: On-Demand Labor Industry Guides
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Drum-Buffer-Rope vs Kanban

By Steven Calhoun on Aug 18, 2021 1:54:58 PM

Ideally, your production process would achieve single piece flow and there would be no need for managing the process with a system for tracking what is where, and how much is needed. But because we don’t live in a perfect world, you will have to choose a system for managing your production process.

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
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Best Digital Work Instruction Tools for Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Aug 13, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Transitioning from paper manuals to digital work instructions might not seem like a big deal, but this is an important step into the future of manufacturing.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing
6 min read

Inventory Optimization Practices for Fueling Growth

By Pat Dippel on Aug 12, 2021 10:00:00 AM

So you want to grow your business, but you aren’t sure you can because of cash flow constraints. This problem plagues many companies, so you aren’t alone. This is an issue that US manufacturing as a whole needs to solve to maintain competitiveness.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence
5 min read

Critical Chain Project Management: Buffer Reduction with On-Demand Labor

By Steven Calhoun on Aug 6, 2021 3:45:00 PM

Maybe you’ve heard of critical path project management, but what about critical chain project management? You might be wondering what the advantages could be of this project management approach.

Topics: Operational Excellence
3 min read

On-Demand Labor for Reverse Logistics

By Lee Washington on Aug 6, 2021 2:39:02 PM

Every company that sells something online knows the pain of watching returns roll in. It’s just part of the business. But companies that are new to selling online or that have experienced a recent increase in volume from online orders might not have a strong system in place yet for handling all its reverse logistics.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Industry Guides
4 min read

Improve Service Levels by Using On-Demand Labor

By Pat Dippel on Jul 28, 2021 2:40:56 PM

Most operations leaders know that service is the number one differentiator between suppliers. If you can consistently deliver on time and in full, you will win customers. On the other hand, if you can’t do those things, don’t hold your breath waiting for new customers and don’t expect to keep the ones you have for very long.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence
3 min read

On-Demand Labor Guide for Printing Companies

By Taylor McAlpine on Jul 23, 2021 4:15:00 PM

One day you might get a rush order and need to work around the clock until the next morning to fulfill the request. And if the print job is for an event, the customer is not going to be happy about delays, meaning you’ll get an earful about how they don’t need the signs anymore because they can’t go back in time.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Industry Guides
3 min read

What is a Just-in-Time Workforce?

By Steven Calhoun on Jul 21, 2021 4:00:00 PM

Maybe you’re familiar with just-in-time as a concept, but what’s this about a just-in-time workforce?

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence Workforce Innovation
2 min read

On-Demand Labor Guide for Micro-Fulfillment Strategies

By Steven Calhoun on Jul 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM

You’re no stranger to logistics if you’ve implemented a micro-fulfillment strategy. It’s not easy to pull off ship from store operations and the like. There are often wildly different order volumes from day to day, and as eCommerce grows, things are only going to get more hectic.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Industry Guides
4 min read

What is the Bullwhip Effect? (Supply Chain)

By Steven Calhoun on Jul 14, 2021 11:15:00 AM

You’ve likely been here before: you get an order that’s unusually large from your customer. And then another customer, and another customer. So you take that as a sign that demand has increased for your product, and you order enough supplies to sustain this level of demand based on your forecasts. Then a couple weeks later, your demand has settled back to its average level. What happened?

Topics: US Manufacturing Megatrends
3 min read

Top Three Supply Chain Myths: Busted

By Hunter Belcher on Jul 9, 2021 2:36:50 PM

Far too often operations leaders view ‘the supply chain’ as an endless cost center rather than an opportunity to gain an edge on their competitors. Because of this, misconceptions over supply chain decisions handcuff organizations from improving operations & ultimately improving business outcomes.

Topics: Operational Excellence Megatrends
3 min read

Manufacturing and Warehouse Work: Roles, Duties, and Pay

By Kelsey Kimble Byrne on Jul 8, 2021 1:00:00 PM

There are tons of opportunities right now in manufacturing and warehousing. Maybe you’ve thought about expanding your resume into these areas of work, but you didn’t know how to get started, or whether it would be worth your time.

3 min read

How to Create Down Cycle Agility with On-Demand Labor

By Rich Tompkins on Jul 7, 2021 4:30:00 PM

You’ve been there before: volume has suddenly dropped off a cliff, after months of hiring staff to meet a big surge. You’re left with more employees than you have the work for, and it’s eating a hole in your margins. The situation might be bad enough that you have to let people go.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence
4 min read

What is Ship from Store? (Definition, Examples, and When to Use It)

By Adam Rubatt on Jul 2, 2021 9:04:16 AM

If you’ve shopped online lately and ordered from a major retail store, you’ve probably received an order that was shipped from the store.

4 min read

Temp-to-Perm Hiring: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives

By Steven Calhoun on Jul 1, 2021 11:30:00 AM

So you need workers now, but you aren’t sure if you’re ready to hire anyone yet. Maybe the need for workers won’t last, or maybe you would rather test the waters with any newcomers before extending an offer of full-time employment.

2 min read

Capacity Constraints: Definition, Effects, and Solutions

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 30, 2021 11:30:00 AM

You’ve found that some parts of your operation move more slowly than others. And you’ve done what you can to work around it. It might seem like common sense adjustments to you, but the topic goes deeper than it seems on the surface.

Topics: Operational Excellence
3 min read

On-Demand Labor Guide for the Retail Supply Chain

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 25, 2021 10:58:53 AM

You’re likely all too familiar with the annual busy season your operation faces. The long hours. The overtime. The circus of staffing up in preparation for it.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Industry Guides
5 min read

Equipment Maintenance Best Practices

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 23, 2021 5:00:00 PM

Maintenance isn’t what most people think of when they think of getting work done. It’s right up there with washing dishes, at the top of the list of things people let slide until they can’t ignore it anymore. However, savvy operations leaders know how important it is to stay on top of equipment maintenance proactively.

Topics: Operational Excellence
4 min read

Micro-Fulfillment: Definition, Benefits, and Businesses Using It

By Pete Conrad on Jun 17, 2021 8:45:00 AM

Micro-fulfillment is gaining traction in the supply chain as a viable strategy. You’ve probably seen it in headlines, and whether you know it or not, you’ve almost certainly shopped somewhere that’s operating a micro-fulfillment center. So what’s this all about?

Topics: Megatrends
6 min read

Craigslist Gigs vs Veryable: Work Available, Pay, & User Friendliness

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 16, 2021 11:15:00 AM

You’ve probably seen Craigslist show up in search results for … well, anything you could want to buy. The Craigslist website was one of the early power players on the Internet, and still has staying power today. So does that mean the Gigs section of Craigslist is the right way for you to find work?

2 min read

What is Staff Augmentation?

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 11, 2021 8:15:00 AM

You’d like to add capacity and capabilities to your organization, but it’s not clear the best way to do this. Staff augmentation sounds like it might be a solution, but the term doesn’t make it immediately clear what this is or how it works.

3 min read

Staff Augmentation vs Veryable: What’s the Difference?

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 10, 2021 1:23:10 PM

Staff augmentation is a broad category, but does it include Veryable?

3 min read

How to Excel at Your First Op (Checklist and Tips)

By Rachel Cruze on Jun 9, 2021 2:14:56 PM

You’ve bid on your first Op, and when your phone lit up with the notification that your bid was accepted, you felt a little excited and a little nervous. You want to do your best on your first Op to make a great impression, but you aren’t sure how this whole thing works just yet.

3 min read

On-Demand Labor Guide for Beverage Companies

By James Hartman on Jun 4, 2021 3:00:00 PM

Managing distribution at a beverage company can be a wild ride at times. You have high demand, a fragile product, and quick turnarounds to manage, all while trying to keep employees happy.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Industry Guides
5 min read

Best Employee Scheduling Software for Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 3, 2021 10:36:47 AM

Keeping track of all the company’s employees is hard work. At times it seems like you won’t be able to get everyone where you need them to be. And it feels like all the work isn’t going to get done.

4 min read

What is Pick and Pack? (Definition and Role Description)

By Steven Calhoun on Jun 2, 2021 9:22:00 AM

You’ve seen the words “pick and pack” floating around on job boards or in work descriptions, but what exactly does that mean?

3 min read

Reaching Sidelined Workers with Flexible Work Options

By Steven Calhoun on May 28, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Companies in the US have faced challenges finding workers for the past few years. This is partially due to the pandemic, but inflation, commodity prices, and shifting expectations about work are trends that will continue to make the labor market challenging.

Topics: US Manufacturing Workforce Innovation Megatrends
3 min read

No Call, No Shows from On-Demand Workers and What You Can Do

By Marisa Carmona on May 26, 2021 11:00:28 AM

It’s unfortunate, but sometimes a worker is going to leave you out to dry. When you found them through an on-demand labor platform like Veryable’s, there are a few things you can do in this case.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
2 min read

What to Expect After Posting Your Op

By Claudia Cox on May 21, 2021 9:26:37 AM

You’ve heard how easy it is to post an Op on Veryable, but it’s obvious that your involvement with the platform doesn’t end there. So what comes next when you’re using an on-demand labor platform?

Topics: On-Demand Labor
3 min read

Time to Fill: Full-time Employees vs On-Demand Labor

By Steven Calhoun on May 20, 2021 9:42:00 AM

When you need workers, you don’t want to spend so long finding them that it slows your business down. At the same time, you want to take time to vet candidates so that you get good workers instead of bad apples. So how do you balance these two priorities?

5 min read

Understaffing Problems and How to Avoid Them

By Steven Calhoun on May 19, 2021 8:55:57 AM

So you find yourself understaffed. It happens to everyone, especially when it’s hard to find workers and the labor market is competitive.

5 min read

How to Handle Attendance Issues

By Jacob Haley on May 14, 2021 4:37:27 PM

Imagine this: you drive in to work expecting everyone to show up for their shift and planning how you’re going to finally get ahead for a day and start tackling your backlog. Then when you get to the morning huddle, two of your 20 employees aren’t there. This ruins the productive day you had envisioned.

4 min read

How is Veryable's Operator Reliability Rating Calculated?

By Adam Rubatt on May 14, 2021 8:26:37 AM

Whether you are a business or an Operator on the Veryable platform, one of the first things you’ll notice is the Operator reliability rating. That sounds like something you’d want to score highly on, but what does it mean?

Topics: On-Demand Labor
3 min read

Veryable vs On-Demand Staffing Companies

By Steven Calhoun on May 12, 2021 10:26:47 AM

You’ve heard of Veryable and you’ve heard of on-demand staffing solutions. What you might not have known is that the two are different in a few key ways.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Workforce Innovation
4 min read

Fighting Inflation and Finding Workers in the Supply Chain

By Matt Horine on May 7, 2021 9:34:51 AM

The past year has presented many challenges in the supply chain. A boom in e-commerce, unemployment fluctuation, labor participation, and commodity prices have contributed heavily to the volatility of the economy.

Topics: Workforce Innovation Megatrends
4 min read

Four Benefits of a Labor Pool During Your Busy Season

By Steven Calhoun on May 6, 2021 10:07:00 AM

Imagine it’s the busiest month of the year and you can’t take on any more orders because your employees are maxed out with their workload. You’ve all had your fill of overtime and if anyone has to call out, you don’t know how you’ll make it through the week.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Workforce Innovation
3 min read

How Are Veryable Workers Screened? (Background Checks and Verification)

By Kyle Klansek, Vice President - Legal and Risk on May 5, 2021 11:15:00 AM

As someone in charge of who comes in and out of your building every day, you’re rightfully concerned about their safety and anything that might jeopardize that. There’s a lot of thought put into who you hire and work with every day, because the right people make a big difference.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
5 min read

Eliminating Workforce Turnover: Uphold Expectations Set at Recruitment

By Pete Conrad on May 3, 2021 10:54:25 AM

Your operation cannot seem to get over the workforce hump and hit its stride because people keep walking out the door, which is holding back productivity and preventing you from growing the business. Across the United States, distribution and fulfillment centers are experiencing turnover rates of 50% on average, while others are experiencing even more dramatic turnover rates approaching 100%. 

Topics: Operational Excellence Workforce Innovation
4 min read

Multi-Day Ops vs Single-Day Ops: When to Use Each for On-Demand Labor

By Kim Jerantowski on Apr 29, 2021 9:15:00 AM

You’ve probably wondered before what the best way is to attract workers to your business with on-demand labor. It’s not always easy to tell, especially if you’re used to scheduling workers by the week like most companies are. However, on-demand labor gives you the option to post daily work opportunities, so how are you supposed to know when to use this option?

Topics: On-Demand Labor
11 min read

Theory of Constraints: Break Your Bottlenecks

By Pat Dippel on Apr 28, 2021 1:21:13 PM

Your organization likely shares a common thread with most others – the goal of making a profit. This may be your goal for its own sake, or your organization may need to generate profits to enable its pursuit of other goals. You’ve probably got things that are holding you back from this, but sometimes it’s hard to know what these constraints are and how to eliminate them.

Topics: Operational Excellence
3 min read

How to Set Up On-Demand Labor in Under an Hour

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 23, 2021 3:32:17 PM

We’ve talked to hundreds of operations leaders, so we know you probably think that on-demand labor will take a long time to set up and test. If you’ve worked with traditional staffing agencies, you’ve probably spent hours just getting started. And that time doesn’t even reflect the whole process happening behind the scenes that you didn’t have control over.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
3 min read

Why Doesn’t Veryable Select Workers for Businesses?

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 22, 2021 9:25:38 AM

If you’ve used Veryable, then you’ve had to select workers for your Ops. If you haven’t used Veryable, you might be used to staffing agencies selecting workers for you. Maybe you’ve asked yourself why Veryable doesn’t select workers when staffing companies do.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
7 min read

Is Veryable a Staffing Solution? Veryable vs Temp Staffing

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 21, 2021 10:00:00 AM

If you’ve looked for labor on a short-term basis before, you’ve probably used temp staffing. So when you heard of Veryable, we’re guessing your first thought might have been something like, “How is this different from temp staffing?”

3 min read

Can You Hire Workers from an On-Demand Labor Platform?

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 16, 2021 1:49:18 PM

So you’ve started using on-demand labor and found a worker you are particularly impressed by. You might be asking yourself if it’s okay to hire this person, or if it will cost you anything to do so. 

Topics: On-Demand Labor
4 min read

Six Mistakes Businesses Make with On-Demand Labor (And How to Fix Them)

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 15, 2021 4:00:00 PM

Sometimes businesses aren’t seeing the results they wanted from on-demand labor. While some things are certainly out of your control, we know that there are best practices that you can follow to be sure you’re doing everything to get the performance you want.

4 min read

What to Do if an Operator is a Bad Fit?

By Laura Acevedo on Apr 14, 2021 3:51:18 PM

In a perfect world, each Operator you accept will be exactly who you need to support your Operations. While there are thousands of great, highly skilled, and reliable Operators working on the Veryable platform, you might encounter some others that are not a great fit at your business. 

11 min read

Logistics KPI Metrics You Can Affect With On-Demand Labor

By Nate LaGrange on Apr 9, 2021 10:11:44 AM

Maybe you’ve heard of on-demand labor and you thought it sounds like a great solution for finding workers when you need them. But what goals can you achieve in a logistics operation with on-demand labor?

3 min read

What Skilled Work Can Veryable Operators Do?

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 8, 2021 4:30:00 PM

So you’ve heard of on-demand labor, and you’re almost ready to try it out, but first you want to know what type of work these workers can actually do. Maybe you’re looking for specialized workers, but you don’t have a need often enough to hire someone full-time. Or maybe you’re looking to support your existing skilled workers by bringing in workers to help with setup and cleanup tasks.

5 min read

How Does On-Demand Labor Impact Full-Time Employees?

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 7, 2021 3:55:43 PM

If your company regularly gives out overtime and your workers have come to expect it, you might be hesitant to adopt any solution that would wipe this away for fear that your employees would get upset about their lost income and quit. Likewise, if you’re already having employee satisfaction problems, you might hesitate to test the waters with any labor solution that might cause concern about job security.

3 min read

Pros & Cons of Picking New, Unrated Operators

By Steven Calhoun on Apr 2, 2021 11:00:00 AM

So you’ve logged into Veryable, seen bids on your Op, and you’re wondering if you should pick the “Ready to Work” Operators without any ratings yet. Maybe you asked yourself, “Are they a risky pick? How often do new workers turn out to be reliable?”

5 min read

What Size Should My Labor Pool Be?

By Adam Rubatt on Apr 1, 2021 2:00:00 PM

So you’ve started using on-demand labor, but you’re not so sure about how many people you should be adding to your labor pool. Maybe someone told you a number that was so high it shocked you, or maybe you’ve been flying solo and don’t know what you should be aiming for.

3 min read

How Quickly Can I Build a Labor Pool? (Timeline + Outcomes)

By Steven Calhoun on Mar 31, 2021 10:45:00 AM

Once you heard of on-demand labor and the concept of a labor pool, your next thought was probably something along the lines of “That sounds great, but how long does it take?”

7 min read

What is Supply Chain Reshoring? How to Respond to Uncertainty

By Pete Conrad on Mar 26, 2021 4:58:30 PM

Uncertainty is plaguing everyone’s world view now with how the past year has unfolded and how that will project forward into the future. One thing is for certain, top operations leaders share similar concerns as they evaluate their business driving into 2021. In this recent Supply Chain Dive opinion poll, executive leaders voted on their top concerns:  

13 min read

Manufacturing Metrics You Can Affect with On-Demand Labor

By Pat Dippel on Mar 25, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Sure, on-demand labor sounds like a great solution for finding workers when you need them. But what business goals can you achieve with on-demand labor?

3 min read

How Fast Can You Find Workers with On-Demand Labor?

By Steven Calhoun on Mar 24, 2021 3:15:00 PM

A big question many managers have when they hear of on-demand labor is if it really means workers will show up at the push of a button. 

3 min read

Average Manufacturing Wages for Dallas, TX in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Mar 18, 2021 11:45:00 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive. That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for Dallas, Texas in the most common roles in these industries. 

6 min read

What’s the ROI of a Labor Pool? Is it Worth it?

By Pete Conrad on Mar 17, 2021 12:30:00 PM

You’ve heard the term labor pool and have an idea of what it is, but now you are likely wondering: what level of commitment is needed, and is it worth it for me and my business?

Operations leaders across the country are wrestling with the issue of balancing their daily execution with finding time to drive operational improvements. The truth is that creating a labor pool is something we’ve seen plenty of clients utilize to solve this problem. The other truth is that creating a labor pool is a bonafide change to the way that most businesses have viewed their labor force, which is understandably a reason to be skeptical.

At Veryable, we operate an on-demand labor platform to solve the need for efficiently responding to changes in customer demand. We understand that this isn’t for everyone, but by the end of this blog you will be better equipped to make that determination for your business.

The big question is: should building a labor pool be an operational improvement priority?

5 min read

If I Build a Labor Pool, Can I Stop Hiring?

By Steven Calhoun on Mar 12, 2021 10:00:00 AM

When someone first hears about on-demand labor and the concept of a labor pool, they often think they can get out of the hiring game for good. It can be confusing at first when you’re trying to balance managing your full-time workforce and building a flexible labor pool alongside it, so the temptation is to just choose one or the other. We get asked if people should stop hiring completely once they build their labor pool to a large enough size to cover all their work. 

3 min read

Average Manufacturing Wages for Houston, TX in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Mar 11, 2021 10:51:00 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive. That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for Houston, Texas in the most common roles in these industries. 

5 min read

What Types Of Ops Are Best to Start Posting On Veryable?

By Steven Calhoun on Mar 10, 2021 10:07:00 AM

Getting started with on-demand labor in your operation can go smoothly or it can go very poorly. You’re probably wondering what the best strategy is for getting the most out of an on-demand labor platform like Veryable, so you can avoid spending your time to get less-than-optimal results.

3 min read

Average Manufacturing Wages for San Antonio, TX in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Mar 4, 2021 10:15:47 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive. That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for San Antonio, Texas in the most common roles in these industries.

6 min read

How to Fix Your Labor Pool Problems

By Daniel Barbieri on Mar 3, 2021 11:00:00 AM

So you’re new to on-demand labor, and you end up hitting a roadblock that you weren’t expecting. You’re excited about the potential of Veryable for your business, but aren’t so sure any more. What now?

7 min read

Labor Optimization: Consistent Labor Availability vs Productivity Rate

By Pete Conrad on Feb 26, 2021 5:12:34 PM

When thinking through your operation and how to best organize it to complete the work, you’ve most likely weighed prioritizing labor productivity rates versus prioritizing labor availability. This is actually a critical question, and one with implications on customer service that are not fully appreciated across an operation. 

3 min read

Average Manufacturing Wages for Phoenix, AZ in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Feb 25, 2021 10:26:02 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive. That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for Phoenix, Arizona in the most common roles in these industries. 

3 min read

Will Veryable Workers Impact Safety in My Workplace?

By Kyle Klansek, Vice President - Legal and Risk on Feb 24, 2021 11:00:00 AM

The safety of the people working in your building is a top priority. You’ve probably spent considerable time and money ensuring that your operations are safe and accident rates stay as low as possible. So it’s natural that you’d be concerned about safety when bringing in people you haven’t worked with before.

7 min read

How to Reduce Cycle Times to Improve Service Levels

By Pat Dippel on Feb 19, 2021 3:48:28 PM

You’ve probably reached what you thought was the limit of how far your cycle times could be reduced. And when that happens, you start to wonder if there’s something else to be done so that you can deliver to the customer faster and quit feeling like you’re treading water just to stay afloat. 

3 min read

Average Manufacturing Wages for Atlanta, GA in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Feb 18, 2021 11:18:47 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive. That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for Atlanta, Georgia in the most common roles in these industries. 

4 min read

A Closer Look at Workers Using Veryable

By Mark Bernardo on Feb 17, 2021 1:00:00 PM

You’re probably wondering where the workers for an on-demand labor marketplace like ours come from. You might be thinking, if they specialize in manufacturing work, why would they be using an app to find short-term engagements at many businesses instead of working full-time at one business?

3 min read

Average Manufacturing Wages for Nashville, TN in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Feb 12, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive. That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for Nashville, Tennessee in the most common roles in these industries. 

7 min read

Piecework Pay vs Hourly Pay: Pros, Cons, and Differences

By Adam Rubatt on Feb 11, 2021 11:03:26 AM

If you’ve ever managed an operation in manufacturing or logistics, you’ve noticed that some workers get more done than others. You’ve likely heard jokes justifying a slow pace of work by saying “I’m paid by the hour.” People say there is always a bit of truth in a joke, so what’s the truth in the difference between being paid by the hour and being paid based on what’s actually accomplished?

7 min read

How Higher Manufacturing Wages Can Increase Productivity and Profit

By Carter Stanley on Feb 10, 2021 1:33:12 PM

You probably think you can’t afford to pay employees any more than you already do. It makes sense on the surface, but digging deeper, you have to ask what you could gain if you paid more and how that might affect your stance.

9 min read

Demand Forecasting Problems and How to Solve Them

By Steven Calhoun on Feb 5, 2021 11:46:13 AM

Imagine you are starting your morning on a Tuesday. You’ve got a cup of coffee and everyone is rolling up to work so you can push out a big order by the end of the week. Just as you’re leaving your office, you hear the phone ring. The call is for a big order that’s way above what you forecast for the week. 

3 min read

Average Manufacturing Wages for Tampa, FL in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Feb 4, 2021 9:45:00 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive. That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for Tampa, Florida in the most common roles in these industries. 

4 min read

The Benefits of a Rating and Review System for Workers and Businesses

By Steven Calhoun on Feb 3, 2021 9:30:00 AM

When you shop for something, you look for ratings and reviews by other people. In the age of the Internet, that’s just how it goes. But even before the Internet, word of mouth was how people decided between Bill’s shop or Bob’s. 

6 min read

The Amazon Effect on Manufacturing and How to Adapt

By Steven Calhoun on Jan 29, 2021 3:01:20 PM

There are three words that scare operations managers everywhere: free two-day delivery. This phrase wraps up the Amazon effect and slaps a bow on it. Customers are starting to expect reliable on-time delivery of whatever goods they want with little extra cost, and they’re expecting it to happen faster than ever before.

3 min read

Average Manufacturing Wages for Miami, FL in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Jan 28, 2021 9:45:33 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive. That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for Miami, Florida in the most common roles in these industries. 

6 min read

The Pros and Cons of Automation in Manufacturing

By Steven Calhoun on Jan 27, 2021 10:00:00 AM

The idea of automation in manufacturing has caused many people to sound the alarm about potential job elimination, and for others it sounds like a necessary step toward more efficient production and less labor-intensive processes. There are strong opinions about automation that differ depending on who you ask. But one thing is clear: automation is already picking up speed.

7 min read

Workplace Drug Testing: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives

By Steven Calhoun on Jan 22, 2021 10:56:10 AM

If you’ve been in management long, you’ve probably encountered a situation where you suspected a worker of drug use. And if you’ve been tasked with hiring employees or selecting independent contractors, you have weighed the decision of whether to drug screen before the work or wait to see if something gives you cause for concern.

That’s a big, costly decision. So how do you decide?

3 min read

Average Manufacturing Wages for Huntsville, AL in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Jan 21, 2021 4:42:39 PM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

8 min read

The 12 Step Guide to Manufacturing Facility Moves

By Rich Tompkins on Jan 20, 2021 3:00:00 PM

It’s a huge ordeal to move into a new facility. Manufacturing leaders have spent many long nights worrying about the details of this kind of project, so we’ve provided a guide on what to do when you’re moving manufacturing facilities.

4 min read

How US Manufacturing Can Realize Productivity Growth

By Pete Conrad on Jan 15, 2021 2:00:00 PM

US Manufacturing is lagging behind the overall economy in growth, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI). The sector is seeing limited growth, however, with a PMI above 60%. 

Topics: US Manufacturing
3 min read

Average Manufacturing Wages for Indianapolis, IN in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Jan 14, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive. That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for Indianapolis, Indiana in the most common roles in these industries. 

5 min read

Lean 4.0: How Industry 4.0 Is Evolving Lean Manufacturing Concepts

By Pete Conrad on Jan 13, 2021 2:30:00 PM

In today’s world, Lean is being challenged as never before due to higher customer requirements and the digital revolution of Industry 4.0. The challenge to keep up in the landscape leads to the questions: Are Lean principles in conflict with the digitization that is Industry 4.0? Are Lean principles in conflict with serving your customer in the manner in which they have requested? The short answer is mostly no, and we’ll dig into the alignments and variances below. But, in order to keep up in today’s world, Lean does need to evolve to match today’s quick response, digital environment.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing
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Six Best Practices for Posting Ops on Veryable

By Rich Tompkins on Jan 8, 2021 4:32:16 PM

As with any new tool, you want to be certain you’re getting the most from your investment when using Veryable to find on-demand labor. 

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Average Manufacturing Wages for Memphis, TN in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Jan 7, 2021 12:38:22 PM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive. That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for Memphis, Tennessee in the most common roles in these industries. 

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Overstaffing Problems: Common Issues and How to Avoid Them

By Adam Rubatt on Jan 6, 2021 1:00:00 PM

If you find yourself overstaffed, it’s probably because at some point in the year, you will need the number of workers that you have. You don’t want to get caught understaffed when a big project comes up, so you take what seems like the lesser of two evils and hire more people than you really need throughout the rest of the year. 

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Average Manufacturing Wages for Chicago, IL in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 30, 2020 10:08:00 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive.

That’s why we’ve gathered the average manufacturing and logistics wages for Chicago, Illinois in the most common roles in these industries. 

Topics: US Manufacturing
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What is a Temp Agency? Definition, Pros & Cons, Alternatives

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 29, 2020 2:44:01 PM

When you need more workers to get the job done, but you know you won’t need their help in a few months or even weeks, that’s a tough spot to be in from a hiring perspective. Thus the temp agency was born. But what exactly does a temp agency do, and how can it help your business?

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Average Manufacturing Wages for Detroit, Michigan in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive.

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How to Handle Demand Spikes in Manufacturing and Logistics

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 18, 2020 3:23:42 PM

It’s something manufacturing leaders dream about: one day, a huge order comes in for your products, and you’ll be sitting on a gold mine once you ship everything out to your happy customers. Depending on how prepared your company is to handle the spike in demand, this could sound like a good dream or a nightmare.

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What is Lean Manufacturing?

By Pat Dippel on Dec 17, 2020 1:41:39 PM

You’ve probably heard of Lean before. It’s the thing everyone is talking about, but nobody seems to be able to explain when you ask them about it. Is it a book? Can you do it without a teacher? Do you have to join a club to learn its secrets?

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Average Manufacturing Wages for Cleveland, Ohio in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 16, 2020 3:42:20 PM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive.

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How to Manage Seasonal Demand in Manufacturing and Logistics

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 11, 2020 1:28:58 PM

No matter how hard you try, it seems like the busy season throws more at your business than you’re prepared to handle. Every year, it’s a scramble to grab the extra cash that’s being thrown your way if you can meet your customers’ seemingly insatiable, seasonal demand for that precious period of time.

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How to Build a Labor Pool (Examples and Results)

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 10, 2020 2:13:31 PM

If you’ve used on-demand labor for a while, you’ve probably heard the concept of a labor pool mentioned at least once. And maybe you’ve decided you want to implement this model at your business, but you’re thinking it can’t just be as simple as “build a labor pool.” What does that even mean?

Topics: On-Demand Labor Workforce Innovation
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Average Manufacturing Wages for Austin, Texas in 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 9, 2020 9:21:35 AM

Do you ever wonder if what you’re paying workers is why they never seem to stick around?

Maintaining a strong team is hard enough without workers leaving for better pay down the street. Maybe you’ve started to consider changing the compensation you offer, but it’s a big headache to figure out what’s fair or even competitive.

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The Costs of Hiring an Employee vs The Costs of On-Demand Labor

By Carter Stanley on Dec 4, 2020 4:48:18 PM

It is difficult to understand how much money different forms of hiring will truly cost your company. What most people really want to know is whether you should handle it all yourself, or pay someone to manage some or all of your hiring. Many even wonder if they should choose another option entirely, like staffing agencies or on-demand labor.

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Problems with On-Demand Labor and How to Fix Them

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 3, 2020 3:12:46 PM

When you’re first looking into on-demand labor, it’s a bit intimidating to consider all the ways this new model might or might not work for your business. You probably want to know what might go wrong. Even if you’re not thinking about it now, we know it’s important for you to be aware of the problems that could exist with a solution like ours. 

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Best On-Demand Staffing Companies for 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Dec 2, 2020 1:48:28 PM

So you’ve decided to try on-demand staffing, but now you need to decide who’s actually going to help you find those workers. It’s hard to choose with so many options emerging. Just like with any new concept, you probably want to know how you can get the most bang for your buck.

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Capacity Planning for Manufacturing: Taking An Agile Approach

By Adam Rubatt on Nov 24, 2020 8:30:00 AM

When you’re planning for the year ahead, trying to match up your labor to an unpredictable demand cycle creates frustration that is often palpable. Maybe you have lofty goals to meet, but have limited resources. You want to capture all of the demand you can without over-hiring. But how do you do that without perfectly predicting the future?

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How to Start Using On-Demand Labor the Right Way

By Jonathan Katz on Nov 23, 2020 8:24:55 AM

You’ve heard of on-demand labor, and maybe you’ve been looking for a solution to add flexibility to your operations. But it isn’t always easy to take those first few steps. So, what’s the right way to start using on-demand labor?

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How to Scale a Manufacturing Business Without Mass Hiring

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 19, 2020 9:30:26 AM

Scaling your manufacturing business is hard work. You know that you will have to spend money to achieve this goal, but maybe you aren’t sure where your money would produce the greatest return on investment. Perhaps you’re even wondering if there are ways to scale without spending.

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Three Ways to Find Independent Contractors

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 12, 2020 1:10:34 PM

Confusing rules around worker classification might have kept you away from engaging with independent contractors before, but now that the regulations are being made more clear, maybe you’re ready to try it.

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Four Ways to Attract Great Workers During the Seasonal Hiring Spree

By Carter Stanley on Nov 10, 2020 10:00:00 AM

It’s that time of year when every business that engages in the holiday retail dash is ramping up operations. Everybody is competing to hire hundreds of thousands of seasonal workers to meet holiday demand.

But some parts of the seasonal hiring are way different in 2020. The coronavirus has expanded the timeline for the holiday dash beyond the traditional timeframe. Scaling up to capture your share of the increased demand during this season is a huge boost for many businesses. If you’re hoping to fill higher order volumes in Q4 this year, you likely find yourself asking, “How can I compete in the holiday hiring spree?”

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What is a Labor Pool?

By Rich Tompkins on Nov 6, 2020 11:06:08 AM

Operations managers are facing labor issues daily related to recruiting, retention, utilization, and performance. Maybe you are facing these challenges and making trade-offs so you have the right amount of labor to meet your production schedule. Doing so is a balancing act that requires some out-of-the-box thinking.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence Workforce Innovation
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The Two Big Issues with Temp Labor & How to Avoid Them

By Pete Conrad on Nov 5, 2020 9:39:43 AM

Have you ever stared ahead at a busy next week and just knew that it will be a challenge with overtime on the rise, and the very real possibility of people taking unscheduled days off? If so, you’re not alone. Solutions to these problems have typically been to allow overtime to rise or risk customer dissatisfaction by pushing out customer promise dates.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
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Four Ways To Reduce Turnover in a Manufacturing Business

By Rich Tompkins on Oct 30, 2020 2:05:10 PM

As an Operations Leader, you’re tasked with keeping products moving efficiently through your operation. But, half the time you are putting out fires related to missed deliveries, extended lead times, and rework - which probably originated with workforce issues related to turnover and callouts.

You know that as soon as a few individuals don’t show up for work one morning, you’re thrown into scramble mode to cover their shifts and redistribute the work. Unfortunately, this can lead to missed deadlines, and your key performance indicators are shot for the week. 

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How Much Does On-Demand Labor Cost?

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 30, 2020 1:59:03 PM

If you’re in manufacturing or logistics, you understand how important balancing labor costs and productivity is to meeting your goals. Pricing models for on-demand labor can be confusing, and businesses like yours need to know if this new labor model can cut costs and fuel growth. Maybe you’re asking yourself if it’s even worth looking into on-demand labor.

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Top Five Benefits of On-Demand Labor for Manufacturing and Logistics

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 23, 2020 2:18:09 PM

Meeting production schedules and keeping costs down are difficult in the face of changing demands. The ever-present challenge of keeping good workers adds to the battle manufacturing and logistics companies fight every day. Labor constraints can bottleneck your operations, resulting in lost production time and potentially lost revenue as you are left to improvise a schedule and put out yet another fire for the day.

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Determining Independent Contractor Status: How New DOL Regulation Affects Worker Classification

By Kyle Klansek, Vice President - Legal and Risk on Oct 23, 2020 11:41:15 AM

If you’ve ever engaged with independent contractors for a project, you likely understand how difficult and confusing worker classification can be in the United States. 

5 min read

What is On-Demand Labor?

By Steven Calhoun on Oct 14, 2020 11:26:14 AM

On-Demand labor has emerged as a new labor model for manufacturing, logistics, and other supply chain operations. Many businesses are adopting this new way to adjust capacity in response to demand, but you might still be asking, what is on-demand labor, and what problem does it solve?

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Traditional Staffing vs On-Demand Labor Platforms

By Pete Conrad on Oct 8, 2020 5:37:44 PM

You’ve just gotten a 10% increase in orders, 1 employee is out on a scheduled vacation, and another two have called off for the day. Now you find your operations team is short and you’re scrambling to make sure you can fulfill orders. What are your options?

Topics: On-Demand Labor
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Average: You are what you plan for

By Adam Rubatt on Jul 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

When you’re in operations, you're always thinking of the future.  Whether it’s for the next shift, next week or next quarter, you’ll need to create a forecast that will help you prepare for the demand coming your way.  And for all businesses, there is a common practice of how those operations plans are created.  You look at historical demand, take the average, and build your forecasts off that.  

Topics: On-Demand Labor Digital Manufacturing US Manufacturing
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Be Robust by being Local

By Pete Conrad on Jul 13, 2020 8:30:00 AM

The US Department of Commerce's GDP analysis of manufacturing estimates the industry represents ~11% of the economy and has 1.4x multiplier effect for every dollar spent.  Those figures are already quite significant; however, this article outlines research from the MAPI showing that the US manufacturing sector’s economic contribution is actually 32% and has a multiplier effect of 3.6x for every dollar created. Suffice to say, US manufacturing creates significant economic contribution to our national economy as a whole, as well as local economies across the country.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing US Manufacturing
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Leanshoring - Blueprint to localize

By Pat Dippel on Jul 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM

US Manufacturing is resilient and has never been in a better position to reclaim what was previously given away, as discussed in Now is the Time to Take It Back.  Outsourcing inherently introduces significant risks to service and quality, and the calculations typically used to make the case to outsource are highly inaccurate and overstated; even a 20-30% miscalculation would single-handedly negate any potential savings.  Any remaining cost gaps can easily be solved for by leveraging lean methodology to eliminate waste.  This concept of Leanshoring is already happening around the country, led by those willing to do the work by aggressively and creatively finding lasting solutions that solve the real problem all businesses face: waste. 

Topics: On-Demand Labor US Manufacturing
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The One Stop Shop for Your Labor Needs

By Adam Rubatt on May 12, 2020 9:47:01 AM

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”.  I bet you didn’t think I could fit a quote from Mike Tyson into a blog about labor planning.  But the truth is, this quote really hits home for me when it comes to designing labor models and demand forecasting.  

Topics: On-Demand Labor
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Right Tool for the Job

By Nick Parrish on Apr 30, 2020 9:31:38 AM

What's in your toolkit?

Have you ever tried to fix something that required a tool or a part, but once you had the tool, you still couldn’t solve the problem?  I’m flashing back to trips between my house and the hardware store, after getting home and via trial and error, realizing I needed a different size, different brand, or different tool altogether.  

Topics: On-Demand Labor
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Fool Me Once...

By Nick Parrish on Apr 23, 2020 3:02:37 PM

Fool Me Once…

There’s an old adage, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…shame on me”.   Side note, I can’t help but read that in George W Bush’s accent and chuckle.  Looking at the world around us, it’s safe to say industry and society were collectively taken by surprise.  The effects are evident across everything from the price of crude, to the number of jobless claims, to the visible impact on the supply chain.  Despite all of that, manufacturers and distributors are still being called on to answer the bell and produce and deliver goods with minimal disruption.  

Topics: US Manufacturing
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Be Resilient, But Cultivate It

By Pete Conrad on Apr 13, 2020 10:08:25 AM

Resiliency is becoming a buzzword now because of the global stress test that supply chains are facing today due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the vulnerability of the distributed network of global supply chains.  Starting in January, the COVID-19 effects on the global supply chain were starting to reveal themselves as product stopped moving from the Chinese interior to the ports.  As the factories started slowing, the linkage to the ports failed as well when Wuhan and surrounding provinces were quarantined.  Then shipping companies cancelled sailings causing vessels and empty containers to be out of position across the globe.  Even after countries and businesses re-open, the affects of this disruption will be felt for at least a year to reposition people, right-size assets, and determine the new demand profile going forward. 

Position to change

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How to Retain Your Workforce Amidst Uncertainty

By Rich Tompkins on Apr 6, 2020 10:49:06 AM

Last week, we published a blog called Manufacturing Companies, Keep the Faith and Soldier On, which was a call to action for US producers and distributors to prepare to play offense in this time of crisis. Because although it is clear that the near-term will be uncertain in terms of restrictions, delays in materials, and workforce challenges... that should not prevent you from preparing to take on pent-up demand that is just around the corner. 
Topics: On-Demand Labor US Manufacturing
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Manufacturing Companies, Keep the Faith and Soldier On

By Mike Kinder on Mar 23, 2020 5:25:10 PM

Two weeks ago we published a blog called Now is the Time to Take it Back which serves as our overall call to action for manufacturers in 2020.  We exposed that the over-rotation on outsourcing to China over the last 40 years – particularly over the last 17 years – is responsible for the lack of supply chain resiliency we’re experiencing right now as well as the hollowing out of US manufacturing workers.  Automation is not the culprit and never will be.  The real culprit is bureaucratic complacency (and complicity) influenced by the invisible hand of central banks.  Neither of which is the fault of the American Company or the American Worker.

Topics: On-Demand Labor US Manufacturing
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Now is the Time to Take it Back

By Mike Kinder on Mar 11, 2020 3:56:17 PM

Supply Chain Resilience amidst the Coronavirus

Now is the time for US manufacturers to take back what’s been given away.  The current Coronavirus related global supply chain disruptions are exposing what we all already knew: we have drastically over-rotated on Chinese buy and left our supply chains vulnerable and unstable.  Every company I have spoken to in the last month is feeling the impact and currently scrambling to rebalance their spend – this is the time to reclaim volume and US manufacturers must rise to the occasion.  Put yourself out there and get that volume back.  Get aggressive and reassert yourself as the top supplier again.  You can do it.  A lot has changed in the last 20 years and now is the time to usher in that previously elusive US manufacturing renaissance.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Digital Manufacturing US Manufacturing
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Why Veryable? Flexible, Agile and Zero Cost to Scale!

By Jeremy D. Long on Feb 28, 2020 10:08:47 AM

As a General Manager or Operations Manager of a manufacturing plant, warehouse, or logistics/supply chain company you understand the importance of human capital. You also understand that in a low unemployment economy that finding and retaining talented individuals is challenging. In addition to turnover, nonproductive time, absenteeism, overtime, etc. all make it very difficult to drive productivity improvements in a competitive environment that is evolving rapidly.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
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The True Cost of Hourly Labor

By Carter Stanley on Jan 7, 2020 11:06:46 AM

I spent the early part of my career in Corporate Finance for many recognizable names in consumer goods manufacturing, and no matter how sophisticated the financial reporting system was, figuring out what hourly labor truly cost was always quite an exercise. If answering this seemingly simple question is difficult for a large Fortune 100 company to answer, it is not surprising that many of the businesses I talk to on a weekly basis simply are not educated on the true cost of their “$10/HR” labor.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Digital Manufacturing