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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Craigslist Gigs vs Veryable: Work Available, Pay, and 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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

By Kyle Klansek, Director of 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.

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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%. 

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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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.

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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?”

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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:  

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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?

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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. 

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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. 

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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?

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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. 

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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. 

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Will Veryable Workers Impact Safety in My Workplace?

By Kyle Klansek, Director of 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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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?

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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. 

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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?

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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
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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. 

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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. 

Topics: How-Tos
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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. 

Topics: Flexible Capacity How-Tos
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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: labor cost US Manufacturing
5 min read

What is a Temp Agency? Definition, Pros & Cons, and 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.

5 min read

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.

5 min read

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.

Topics: How-Tos
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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: Flexible Capacity Labor Pool
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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.

4 min read

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.

5 min read

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?

7 min read

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.

4 min read

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.

4 min read

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 Better Workforce Next Generation Labor Next Generation Workforce Flexible Capacity
5 min read

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. 

4 min read

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, Director of 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?

6 min read

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
2 min read

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 Next Generation Labor Digital Manufacturing On-Demand Technology Veryable Flexible Capacity US Manufacturing
2 min read

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: Next Generation Labor Digital Manufacturing Veryable Global Supply Chain US Manufacturing
3 min read

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 Flexible Capacity Global Supply Chain US Manufacturing
2 min read

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 Labor Intelligence Flexible Capacity
2 min read

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 Labor Intelligence Flexible Capacity Labor Pool Marketplace for Labor
2 min read

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: Flexible Capacity Coronavirus Global Supply Chain US Manufacturing
2 min read

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

Topics: Flexible Capacity Coronavirus Global Supply Chain
2 min read

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 Coronavirus Global Supply Chain 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 Coronavirus Global Supply Chain 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 Next Generation Workforce Digital Manufacturing Marketplace for Labor Coronavirus Global Supply Chain US Manufacturing
2 min read

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 Flexible Capacity Labor Pool Marketplace for Labor
2 min read

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 Better Workforce Labor Intelligence Next Generation Workforce Digital Manufacturing On-Demand Technology Veryable Marketplace for Labor labor cost
2 min read

What labor shortage?

By Rich Tompkins on Oct 1, 2019 2:01:55 PM

You've likely seen the headlines.... "Lots of help wanted", "Warehouse hiring surges", "A tight labor market holding small business back", etc. 

Topics: On-Demand Labor Better Workforce Next Generation Workforce Flexible Capacity Marketplace for Labor
3 min read

Veryable: The Solution to Improving Operational Metrics

By Veryable Editorial Team on Aug 27, 2019 1:03:34 PM

In the world of modern manufacturing and distribution, operations leaders are evaluating production metrics every day – a blue-collar version of the NYSE Big Board.  And as businesses race to keep up with this modernization, they acquire technology that allows real time, 24/7 access to these same production metrics.  The result is a NYSE Big Board that never closes for the day…  these operations leaders wake up, grab their smart phones and check the numbers.  They check the numbers when they get to the office and again at lunch.  They get one last check before the commute home and then one more peek before the lights go off at night.  Production metrics are everywhere, hunting down the operational bottlenecks, shutdowns and challenges.

Topics: Next Generation Workforce Digital Manufacturing On-Demand Technology Veryable
3 min read

Marketplace Dynamics for Larger Companies

By Matt Horine on Jul 29, 2019 9:19:00 AM

Operations leaders know what a great economy can mean for their business – expansion opportunities, bringing in more orders, engaging new projects, and building a lasting model for unexpected variations in future economic climates.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
3 min read

A New Approach to the Labor Challenge

By Jeff Wells on Jul 2, 2019 9:23:00 AM

This article from the Dallas Morning News highlights how the labor shortage is slowing the Texas economy. This article, along with many other articles that have been published recently, describes how the lack of “skilled” labor in the workforce is preventing companies from growing. While there is no doubt that the low unemployment rates throughout the country indicate a lack of available labor, the question still remains…what do businesses really mean when they say, “we can’t find skilled labor?”

Topics: On-Demand Labor
3 min read

The Rise of the Industrial App

By Mike Kinder on May 21, 2019 8:59:00 AM

“If you try to be everything to everyone, you’ll be nothing to no one.” – Unknown, perhaps the author?

Topics: On-Demand Labor
2 min read

Automation Partnership

By Pete Conrad on Mar 28, 2019 8:59:00 PM

Even though automation has come a long way, its deployment on the shop floor must be executed within the framework of the entire production process. As The Goal (1) highlighted in 1984, automation is not always the right answer since the installation of those infamous robots resulted in: 1) no increase to sales throughput, 2) no reduction in the workforce, and 3) a steady increase in inventories. This certainly highlights a worst case automation installation.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing
2 min read

A New Approach to Millennials

By Pete Conrad on Mar 14, 2019 8:59:00 PM

In a recent conversation with an Operations Director, he was describing how his breakroom has grown quiet over the past few years. The change in breakroom atmosphere is not due to a poor work environment or staffing issues but rather to how everyone now interacts with their phones instead of each other. This story really brought home the fact that the workforce is changing right in front of us and fast, as I can relate to a few years ago when a manager could not get a word in edgewise in the breakroom – even when he was announcing he bought lunch for everyone!

Topics: Next Generation Workforce
2 min read

Clean Up Your Shop Floor

By Pete Conrad on Feb 28, 2019 8:59:00 PM

If your production facility or shop floor is struggling to maintain consistent results or reach productivity targets, then it’s time to step back and consider taking a more basic approach and cleaning up your facility. Uncontrolled production variability cannot be addressed until the work areas have been organized and eliminated as a source of variability.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
2 min read

Breaking Martec's Law

By Jeff Wells on Feb 13, 2019 8:59:00 PM

We live in a world where technology is all around us. Chances are, most of us are using advanced technology in our daily lives (i.e. smartphones, wearables, smart TVs, IoT, etc.). So why then, in a world of digital everything, do we still use physical calendars, paper time cards, excel spreadsheets, staffing augmentation, etc. in our daily operations? The answer likely lies in what is known as Martec’s Law.

Topics: On-Demand Technology
2 min read

Taking on Workforce Turnover

By Pete Conrad on Jan 25, 2019 8:59:00 PM

The US manufacturing sector is facing a significant challenge to fill 500,000 jobs and handle the constant workforce turnover that local competition for labor generates. Even as manufacturers’ optimism recently reached an all-time high of 92.4%, a large majority (68.2%) cited the inability to attract skilled workers as their top challenge.

Topics: Better Workforce
2 min read

Forecast Challenges

By Pete Conrad on Jan 9, 2019 8:59:00 PM

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 it probably feels like consulting a crystal ball would be just as useful. Odds are variances to plan will grow wider and wider as your business progresses through the planning window.

Topics: Flexible Capacity
3 min read

Do you have the right materials on-hand?

By Pete Conrad on Nov 30, 2018 8:59:00 PM

Inventory Management

Within the walls of a manufacturing or distribution facility, lots of things can change that will drive productivity down.  It's a constant battle to maintain throughput standards.  A big factor that influences warehouse productivity is inventory management, particularly classification and storage profile.  Our take on improving your warehouse workforce is in a previous blog post - Building a Better Workforce.

Topics: Flexible Capacity
2 min read

Coping with a Skilled Labor Shortage

By Pete Conrad on Nov 14, 2018 3:55:00 PM

Labor Trends in US Manufacturing

As we mentioned in the Megatrends post, US manufacturers are facing a number of headwinds when it comes to sourcing their labor.  These manufacturers differentiate themselves by employing a skilled labor force to create products.  However, Most US manufacturers are small firms with 75% of them employing 20 people or less.

Topics: Next Generation Workforce
2 min read

Lean vs. Six Sigma

By Pete Conrad on Oct 31, 2018 8:40:00 PM

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, but Lean methodology and Six Sigma are two distinct tools to achieve performance improvement smashed together under one banner: LSS.

Topics: Flexible Capacity
2 min read

Perspective from a Former Plant Manager

By Pete Conrad on Oct 24, 2018 6:59:00 PM

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 more time before executing. Everything looks good, or at least the challenges are manageable - except for headcount.  We need 120 in production positions to complete the day without overtime and after call outs from full-time, I’m down to 113. Then, I move to my temporary staff positions which make up 15-20% of my team depending on the season which is about 18 folks, 8 of which are no shows or have yet to call and let us know their status.  Now, the team has to figure out a way to make up a 12.5% staffing deficiency through productivity and overtime, or not complete orders. This scenario occurs all too often, despite the variety of attendance policies promising to solve the issue.

Topics: On-Demand Technology
3 min read

Forecasting versus Flexibility

By Mike Kinder on Oct 15, 2018 5:49:00 PM

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 tools, market factors, changing customer preferences, and operational strategy. In terms of strategy, many businesses seek to find the "sweet spot" between forecasting and operational flexibility; they ebb and flow across the forecasting-flexibility spectrum with changes in leadership preferences, business models, and enabling technology.

Topics: Flexible Capacity
2 min read

Closing the Skills Gap

By Jeff Wells on Oct 1, 2018 4:41:00 PM

THE SKILLS GAP PROBLEM

The 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 rate, and the manufacturing industry has failed to appeal to the younger generations.   Traditionally, manufacturers have looked to technical schools, unions or apprenticeship programs to provide skilled labor.  The problem with these traditional models is they aren’t working for the new workforce.  The training and apprenticeship programs are too long, too expensive and have too much turnover.

Topics: Next Generation Workforce
3 min read

Building a Better Workforce

By Jeff Wells on Sep 12, 2018 3:01:00 PM

WHAT DO BUSINESSES REALLY WANT FROM THEIR WORKERS?

In order to succeed in the manufacturing, distribution, and warehousing sectors, businesses must be focused on one thing…consistency.  Whether it’s in their processes and procedures, supply chain, distribution channels, or the final product, consistency must be maintained for the business to reach its full potential.  With that said, you can’t have consistency in your business without consistency in your workers.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
2 min read

Higher Demands in Manufacturing

By Mike Kinder on Sep 6, 2018 4:08:00 PM

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 phrase but you are most likely experiencing its impact.  The Amazon Effect alludes to the rapid increase in customer expectations across all industries and sectors: short lead times, high on-time delivery, customized products and services, shorter product life cycles, and personalized customer service.  In short, having a custom product on your doorstep within days is the new bar for customer expectations.

Topics: Labor Intelligence
2 min read

Low unemployment, seasonal hiring, and your business

By Matt Horine on Aug 27, 2018 4:05:00 AM

A BOOMING ECONOMY AND SEASONAL LABOR

The US economy continues to roar – unemployment, currently at 3.9%, is at a 15-year low. Strong performance from the retail sector indicates a surge in an industry that’s had a tough decade – with some commenting that retail is entering a “renaissance” era. As consumers continue to be optimistic (a 17-year high), logistics and distribution companies will face constraints that have not been present in the market for more than a decade.

Topics: Labor Intelligence
2 min read

Veryable - Capacity at the Click of a Button

By Noah Labhart on Jul 30, 2018 9:32:00 AM

Businesses today face numerous challenges with adding capacity to their operation. They need a solution that can get capable, vetted workers inserted into their operation as soon as possible.

Topics: Veryable
1 min read

5 Tips on How to Communicate Better on the Job

By Ariana Spunt on Jul 18, 2018 4:17:00 PM

Relationships fail because partners don’t communicate, and work opportunities can go the same way. Take our advice and focus on improving your communication skills, you can only succeed from there!

Topics: Better Workforce
2 min read

Online Platforms are Growing On-Demand Labor

By Ariana Spunt on Jun 21, 2018 2:45:00 PM

ONLINE GROWTH

Veryable offers a marketplace for on-demand labor that allows businesses and workers to connect. This use of a digital platform is similar to companies such as Uber, where a service is provided on-demand. According to the McKinsey Global Institute’s report, discussed in our previous blog, around 15% of independent workers have used an online platform to find work, but this number is growing. The benefits of using a digital shared labor pool are endless. The MGI survey gives us a few concrete examples of the benefits of an online platform.  

Topics: On-Demand Technology
2 min read

Why Independent Workers Are Taking Over The World

By Ariana Spunt on Jun 12, 2018 5:13:00 PM

Millions of people around the world are waving goodbye to the traditional cubicle work life and saying hello to independent work. 

Topics: Next Generation Workforce
4 min read

Veryable and The Internet of Things

By Mike Kinder on May 23, 2018 10:51:00 PM

The Internet of Things is coming to a theatre near you.  Some of the early developments will be subtle, e.g., new apps popping up for your phone, new technologies arriving in your grocery store, new services springing up in your neighborhood, etc.  However, expect to turn back 10-15 years from now and find the 2017 landscape as unrecognizable as you might view 2002, before smart phones and social media became such permanent and essential fixtures in your life.  What you will be observing are the gradual effects of what Steve Case refers to as the “Third Wave of the Internet.”

Topics: Digital Manufacturing
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The On-Demand Marketplace for Manufacturing

By Mike Kinder on Apr 19, 2018 10:56:00 PM

The workforce has a once in a lifetime opportunity on its hands as the adoption of IoT and digital operations capabilities accelerates and becomes more widespread among producers and distributors.  Digital is the driver that ultimately divorces most the workforce from specialized and company-specific operational knowledge.  The result is an environment where any able-bodied worker should be able to step into most operational environments and be immediately productive due to the operator enablement resources deployed by a company sitting on vast amounts of new operational intelligence.  Not only do we think this is nothing for the worker to fear, we believe this is a massive opportunity and the on-demand marketplace is the ideal vehicle by which to form the new labor paradigm.

Topics: On-Demand Labor
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Overtime pay in a tight labor market

By Matt Horine on Apr 16, 2018 8:40:00 PM

The US economy is currently experiencing larger growth than it has seen in a long time – the unemployment rate is 4.1%, Q1 US GDP is expected to hit 3%, and consumer confidence has reached the highest levels in 14 years.

Topics: Veryable
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Veryable for Small Businesses

By Mike Kinder on Mar 24, 2018 9:47:00 AM

On-demand labor gives small and medium sized businesses the flexibility needed to grow and manage costs.  No one feels the effects of capacity constraints more than small businesses.  Orders are often turned down or missed, costs are often inflated during lulls in demand, and administrative costs around hiring/firing put unnecessary burdens on an already challenging cost structure.  Veryable’s on-demand marketplace aims to address these core challenges for businesses.

Topics: Flexible Capacity
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Smartphones are changing the way we work

By Ana Padgett on Mar 9, 2018 4:48:00 PM

Let's face it, today mobile devices are integrated into nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Just think back to the last time you didn't have a smartphone, or other mobile device with you? Can't remember? And how often have you used your phone for work? The answer is probably more often than you think!

Topics: On-Demand Technology
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Five Reasons to Love Manufacturing

By Ana Padgett on Feb 22, 2018 8:23:00 PM

There are so many reasons to love manufacturing. We thought it would be a good idea to share some of our favorite things we love about this industry:

Topics: Veryable
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Veryable: An Alternative to Job Seeking

By Mike Kinder on Jan 25, 2018 1:11:00 AM

We’ve all been there before – experiencing the twists, turns, and dead ends of job seeking.  You post your resume on countless job boards and you apply to all the jobs you can find.  Most of the time you don’t hear a single word back.  Other times, you’re invited for interviews only to show up and find out that the job has been filled.  All that time wasted with nothing to show for it.

Topics: Marketplace for Labor
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Introduction to LEAN 4.0

By Mike Kinder on Dec 27, 2017 7:23:00 PM

Lean manufacturing is ready for its next iteration.  While Lean theory draws upon practices that have been around for centuries, the commonly practiced version of Lean today is somewhere between 60 and 80 years old dating back to the early days of TPS. 

Topics: Digital Manufacturing
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Digital Manufacturing and Labor

By Mike Kinder on Dec 15, 2017 5:41:00 PM

The large-scale redistribution of operational intelligence is an underrated consequence of digital manufacturing and other IoT based operational capabilities.  We previously explored how to think about Digital Manufacturing as a specific category of use cases and this installment will pick up specifically on the labor implications of such use cases.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing
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Digital Manufacturing: Onwards to 2018

By Mike Kinder on Dec 12, 2017 11:36:00 AM

If you were waiting all year for the big digital manufacturing revolution and subsequent manufacturing renaissance, don’t worry you didn’t miss it.  While it’s true that U.S. manufacturing output and employment have risen significantly over the last year, this is more the product of overall economic health and less the result of any wide adoption of a new manufacturing ethos.

Topics: Next Generation Labor
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The Benefits of Shared Labor Pools

By Olivia Dossett on Oct 10, 2017 6:20:00 PM

As both employers and employees know, there’s a perpetual struggle to balance between the interests of a company and those of its employees. Companies benefit by cutting costs while increasing production, whereas workers benefit from increased pay and flexible hours. As we’ve mentioned before, neither party can be faulted for these expectations, which is why it is high time for a solution that satisfies everyone’s needs. And that’s exactly what a shared labor pool creates: a competitive environment that benefits both sides of the equation.

Topics: Labor Pool
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Is On-Demand Labor Right for Your Business?

By Olivia Dossett on Jul 12, 2017 6:51:00 PM

As anyone in charge of hiring for a company knows, trying to accurately predict exactly when and how much labor your operation will need can be incredibly difficult. Demand will always be volatile, so demand planning can only get you so far, especially for newer businesses that don’t have substantial past data to reference. And even if your business does have the data and budget for extensive demand planning, why risk unexpected fluctuations in demand when there’s a cheaper, savvier way to address your labor needs that eliminates the guesswork?

Topics: On-Demand Labor
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Frequently Asked Questions for Business Users

By Mike Kinder on Jul 11, 2017 3:48:00 AM

Many businesses are already benefiting from the ability to scale quickly with Veryable on-demand labor – both increasing their top line growth and improving the bottom line with better labor productivity.

Topics: On-Demand Technology
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Veryable: New Option for Today’s Workforce

By Mike Kinder on Feb 5, 2017 6:08:00 PM

The on-demand economy is offering a new set of options for today’s worker.  The “gig economy” has produced options like Uber, Lyft, and TaskRabbit where you can make some extra money on the side giving people rides or running other people’s errands.  Uber drivers in Dallas, for example, can typically make $15-18 per hour as side income, and those that drive full time can earn over $40,000 per year.  The Veryable on-demand model is a bit different though – we are looking beyond “gigs” and building a marketplace that provides you with a continuous stream of on-demand opportunities in manufacturing and warehousing so you can achieve full-time income while creating your own schedule based on your personal needs.

Topics: Next Generation Labor
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Digital Manufacturing

By Mike Kinder on Dec 23, 2016 5:44:00 AM

The last few years may have introduced more new capabilities into the manufacturing sector than most manufacturing practitioners will see in a lifetime.  Many industry experts expect, as a result, that manufacturing will change more in the next five years than it has over the last 20 years.  The change is being driven by a suite of new technology innovation from the Internet of Things to robotics to wearables.  We refer to the use cases for this suite of enabling technology as Digital Manufacturing.

Topics: Digital Manufacturing
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Hidden among the other 37%

By Mike Kinder on Dec 9, 2016 6:35:00 AM

The November jobs report released last week showed another step in the right direction for the U.S. economy as unemployment rate fell to 4.6%, the lowest level since 2007.  The economy added 178,000 jobs in November continuing the momentum that has kept unemployment rates steadily at or below 5% throughout 2016.  The primary factors behind the unemployment rate improvement in November: number of jobless workers decreased, number of people with jobs increased, and the total size of the labor force decreased.  Yes, that third point counts as a “good guy” in the calculation – that the size of the labor force decreased.

Topics: Next Generation Workforce
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Megatrends: Future Impact on Operations

By Mike Kinder on Nov 30, 2016 7:20:00 AM

If you poll any CEO today and ask him or her “what keeps you up at night?” chances are you will get a response that relates to at least one of a small number of “global megatrends.”  These megatrends represent the large scale transformative developments that are currently reshaping the global economic and commercial landscape.

Topics: Next Generation Workforce
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Time for an Honest Conversation about Manufacturing Jobs

By Mike Kinder on Nov 14, 2016 4:07:00 PM

In the wake of the presidential election, there has been a lot of talk about the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs and how to bring them back.  The issue is heavily politicized so it is nearly impossible to hear an honest and factual discussion from politicians or the media.  You will often hear these groups offer explanations referencing the effects trade deals, taxes, and automation – while these factors have had an impact, they are not the main culprit.

Topics: Labor Intelligence
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U.S. Manufacturing Boom?

By Mike Kinder on Oct 25, 2016 4:47:00 AM

CNN produced a nice summary of the current state of U.S. manufacturing in light of some recent comments coming out of the presidential race.  The article succinctly points out that U.S. manufacturing sector is achieving record levels of output across many sectors, while at the same time, Donald Trump contends that “we don’t make our product anymore.”  Can they both be right?

Topics: Labor Intelligence
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An Evolving Workforce

By Mike Kinder on Sep 14, 2016 3:10:00 PM

MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY AND THE IMPACT ON HUMAN CAPITAL

In an interview with Strategy+Business, Joe Kaiser, CEO of Siemens, commented on the future of the manufacturing workforce saying that "remaining human resources will need different skills than workers used to have... People will still be in the factory, but they will be doing different work than they used to. Reskilling workers is a lot of hassle."

Mr. Kaiser was referring to the effect of new developments in manufacturing, often described as Industry 4.0, Digital Manufacturing, or IoT for Manufacturing, and how businesses will need to adopt human resources strategies accordingly.  Technology will continue to enable businesses with better tools and intelligence to meet more demanding customer needs, and labor will need to have a complementary level of flexibility.

OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE THE EQUATION

At Veryable, we see this not as a threat, but as a major opportunity for the manufacturing workforce as a whole.  Embedded intelligence into the production process means shorter training periods for workers, more dynamic work experience, and potentially more options for workers.  Plants and warehouses will still need people to operate them.  This opens up the door for on-demand labor, where temporary staffing becomes the new normal versus the exception, and the worker is no longer held hostage to a single trained skill, a single plant, or a single company.

THE ON-DEMAND LABOR OPPORTUNITY

On-demand labor for manufacturing will give workers the freedom to choose where to work, how much, and when.  Veryable staff can essentially create their own personal value propositions based on the type of work offered, proximity to their homes, how much the operations will pay them, etc.  Considering the changing demographics of the labor market, we believe this model appeals more to today's workforce that places a high premium on choice, variety, and work-life balance.

The fact of the matter is that the manufacturing sector needs new generations of workers and new generations need manufacturing to rebuild a strong middle class.  This is the right time for an on-demand labor model for manufacturing and we believe that there is a tremendous amount of potential imbedded in the labor market that needs to be channeled back into this sector.

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Topics: Next Generation Workforce
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Positive Externalities of On-Demand Labor

By Mike Kinder on Sep 13, 2016 3:33:00 PM

THE VERYABLE VISION

Make no mistake about it, our mission at Veryable is to help revitalize the manufacturing sector in high cost regions through lower per unit product costs and minimal cost to scale. We are passionate about this mission because we believe that on-demand labor in the manufacturing sector will produce not only higher productivity and economic performance, but positive externalities for our society. Our vision for the future is to eliminate structural unemployment in the manufacturing sector by providing an option for all qualified individuals to seek and obtain daily work opportunities.

Topics: On-Demand Labor