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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?

Topics: Megatrends
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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%. 

Topics: Operational Excellence Workforce Innovation
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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