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Ryan Cates

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What Makes A Good Manager: Characteristics To Look For

Posted by Ryan Cates on Dec 17, 2018 10:44:00 AM

When it comes to filling management positions, many companies prefer to hire from within. The reasoning behind this is often that an existing employee knows the company culture, has established relationships within the organization, understands operational goals and has insight into the various challenges the company faces — all factors that would theoretically allow him or her to hit the ground running in the new position.

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Topics: Making a Good Manager, Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management Tools, Workforce Management, Manufacturing Management, Management Impact, Management Mistakes, reduce labor costs, Labor Management, labor shortage

The Status Quo Is Your Biggest Competitor

Posted by Ryan Cates on Dec 11, 2018 10:21:00 AM

Are you looking for ways to drive down labor costs and improve your organization’s performance?

If so, then it’s important to understand that your most important challenge in this endeavor might not be a talent shortage or the implementation of a new technology. The truth is that after working with many companies across multiple industries, we’ve consistently found that the biggest challenge to making sustainable improvements is the adherence to the status quo within the workplace.

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Topics: Challenge The Status Quo, Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management, Labor Solutions, reduce labor costs, labor costs, Labor Management

nGROUP Process Analysis: The First Steps

Posted by Ryan Cates on Nov 14, 2018 10:24:00 AM

At nGROUP, we begin each engagement with a potential client with a process analysis to determine what the client’s pain points are, what the current situation is, and how nGROUP can help realize their operational potential. This process analysis includes the steps described below. Note that there may be some variation depending on the situation and service required. nGROUP does not have a one size fits all approach. We provide custom products and services based on each client's needs and opportunities.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Manufacturing Management, reduce labor costs, Lean Manufacturing, Labor Management, performance partners, nGROUP, warehouse efficiency, Process Analysis Steps

Improving Your Labor Management

Posted by Ryan Cates on Nov 6, 2018 10:56:00 AM

Good labor-management involves striking the right balance between labor costs, worker health and safety, required output, and product quality. Achieving this balance is a continuous endeavor that’s complicated by the fact that, especially in this tight labor market, employers have to ensure high standards while still attracting and retaining talent.

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Topics: Workforce Management Tools, Workforce Management, Improve Efficiency, Improving Production Yields, employee retention, Labor Management, warehouse efficiency, performance partners, Improve Labor Management

Is Your Workforce Management Hurting Your Business

Posted by Ryan Cates on Oct 29, 2018 1:34:00 PM

According to Harvard Business Review, an organization’s long-term success hinges on enterprise alignment — a value chain in which the organization’s purpose is aligned to its business strategy, organizational capability, resource architecture, and management systems. Among management systems, workforce management is perhaps one of the most critical, since every organization depends on the efficient management of its talent to accomplish its objectives. In this endeavor, cost and performance are both important aspects to consider.

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Topics: Improve Efficiency, Manufacturing Management, Process Analysis, Labor Cost Solution, reduce labor costs, performance partners, warehouse efficiency, nGROUP, Workforce Management

Using Technology To Improve Your Workforce Management Tools

Posted by Ryan Cates on Oct 29, 2018 10:13:54 AM

Technological advancements have an impact on every industry — especially manufacturing. In fact, according to the report “Exponential technologies in manufacturing” by Deloitte and Singularity University, 86 percent of the top 100 companies by R&D spend are in the manufacturing sector. The main technology investment areas for these companies include cloud computing, advanced analytics, modeling and simulation, optimization and predictive analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) platforms.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Increase Productivity, Improve Efficiency, Manufacturing Management, Warehouse Technology, Process Analysis, reduce labor costs, warehouse efficiency, Workforce Management Tools

Top 8 Ways to Reduce Labor Costs

Posted by Ryan Cates on Sep 24, 2018 8:29:00 AM

In an industry that’s suffering severe labor supply shortages and unparalleled demand for services be the warehouse that’s growing thanks to smart solutions. Lowering the costs of labor in your warehouse can give you the financial room you need to hire more qualified candidates, decrease your costs per unit, and maximize efficiency in the workplace. You can thrive, not just survive, in today’s economy with these 8 ways to reduce labor costs.

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Topics: training, risk, Lean Manufacturing, Labor Management, employees, Cost, labor shortage, nGROUP, reduce labor costs, labor costs

A True Win-Win: Blue Collar Productivity

Posted by Ryan Cates on Sep 9, 2016 10:58:29 PM
Creating an effective incentive program for blue collar labor can lead to improved service levels, reduced labor cost, happier well-paid employees and greater profits. The key word is effective.
 
Incentive Pay
 
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Topics: Labor Management, Business, Workforce Management, Increase Productivity, Improve Efficiency, Employee Impact, Labor Cost Solution, Labor Solutions, reduce labor costs, Human Logistics

Revisiting The Talent Myth

Posted by Ryan Cates on Dec 15, 2014 2:38:46 PM

One of my favorite themes in Malcolm Gladwell’s work is his perspective on talent. Several of his books and essays focus on how we identify talent, how it develops and what it is. The concepts are worth revisiting as I see a lot of essays, blogs, and articles focused on the theme of how to find and engage the “best talent”.

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Topics: Human Logistics, Business, Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management, Employee Impact, Management Impact, Labor Management

A Better Culture On The Production Floor

Posted by Ryan Cates on Nov 12, 2014 6:43:48 PM

Years ago I worked with two 3PL’s that had cross-docking operations in the Southeastern US.  On paper, the businesses were strikingly similar. Both supported big box retailers with highly manual processes. They had dramatic fluctuations in volume and frequent interruptions to production planning due to upstream supply chain issues. The companies paid market competitive, but relatively meager wages, and had a workforce primarily made up of minorities.

However, their cultures were as different as night and day. So, what made these two similar operations so different?

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Topics: Human Logistics, Business, Workforce Management, 3PL, Increase Productivity, Employee Impact, Energize Employees, Labor Management