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Steven Calhoun

Steven Calhoun

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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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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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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?