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nGROUP Performance Blog

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

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

Finding Growth During a Warehouse Labor Shortage

Posted by David Hair on Sep 18, 2018 8:11:00 AM

The issue of warehouse labor shortage is not new. It has made headlines for the last few years. Back in 2014, the warehouse and distribution center industry suffered a record-low labor shortage – the tightest job market since the year before the recession. The shortage has yet to abate, with warehouses around the country still struggling to fill their staff roster

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Topics: training, risk, Outsourcing, Lean Manufacturing, Labor Management, employees, labor shortage, warehouse efficiency, nGROUP, performance partners, Cost

Improve Warehouse Efficiency with a Different Approach

Posted by David Hair on Sep 11, 2018 7:13:00 AM

The standards you maintain in your organization’s warehouse can determine its productivity levels and the overall costs of operation. A streamlined, efficient, and productive warehouse can result in savings on a cost-per-unit basis. More warehouse efficiency = faster production = more production = more money out the door. Your approach to warehouse management can make all the difference in productivity. Use this article to revolutionize systems at your business, improve warehouse efficiency, and achieve long-term warehouse optimization.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Labor Management, Human Logistics, Cost, Business, performance partners, warehouse efficiency, nGROUP, risk

Improving Warehouse Labor Productivity: Work Smarter

Posted by David Hair on Aug 27, 2018 1:56:00 PM

If warehouse labor productivity is a question mark at your corporation, you could be losing money. It is paramount to stay on top of your warehouse’s performance measurements at all times, continually searching for inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement. Otherwise, productivity could be slipping through the cracks…as could your profits. Learn how to make your warehouse operations leaner through data-backed strategies with help from nGROUP.

 

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Topics: training, risk, Lean Manufacturing, Labor Management, Human Logistics, employees, Business, Cost, performance partners, warehouse efficiency, nGROUP

Top Challenges For Warehouse Management & Distribution Centers

Posted by David Hair on Aug 16, 2018 9:33:00 AM

The warehouse and distribution industry is facing challenges due to changes in the workforce. The labor shortage in America is reaching epidemic proportions, putting pressure on employers. Companies are struggling to keep their employees, while many employees are struggling to find competitive job opportunities. However, when it all comes together in just the right way, both the employer and the employee can be happy in the workplace. It is a delicate balance that takes training on both sides, but the increase in productivity is well worth the time and effort.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Labor Management, employees, labor shortage, performance partners, warehouse efficiency, nGROUP

Bob Duron found ‘Magic’ in this Labor Cost Solution

Posted by David on Feb 6, 2018 8:03:50 AM

Like most operational executives, Bob Duron has faced THE CHALLENGE – How do you address worker retention, find enough good people, manage rising labor costs, implement productivity improvements AND reduce costs?

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Topics: Labor Management, Business, Energize Employees, employee retention, labor costs, reduce labor costs, Lean Manufacturing, labor shortage, warehouse efficiency, nGROUP, Labor Solutions, Labor Cost Solution

Scientific Evidence That Insourcing Yields Innovation

Posted by David on Oct 19, 2016 11:37:39 AM

During the recent Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s Conference (CSCMP), I had the pleasure to attend a breakout session conducted by Scott Graves, a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa. Graves presented his research on the pros and cons of Onsite Outsourcing – what we at nGROUP call Insourcing.

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Topics: Labor Management, Outsourcing, Labor Solutions, labor costs, reduce labor costs, Lean Manufacturing, Insourcing

The Grass IS Greener On The Other Side: Why This Football Fan Decided to Outsource

Posted by David on Sep 14, 2016 10:56:22 AM

If you are like me, you are elated to hear the introduction song to Monday night football; look forward to ESPN’s College Game Day and get a little upset when the Fantasy Football app doesn’t work. As hard as I work during the course of the week, I look forward to pulling for my favorite teams during the weekend and recharging for the next week’s challenges.

NCAA Football

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Topics: Labor Management, Outsourcing, Insourcing, Labor Cost Solution, Labor Solutions, labor costs, reduce labor costs, Lean Manufacturing, employees, labor shortage, performance partners, nGROUP

Top 10 Characteristics To Look For While Staffing A Lean Organization

Posted by David on Sep 2, 2014 1:25:52 PM

Does your organization the term “lean” as a belief of managing people, process or P&L’s, or as slang for having the appearance of managing by rigorous principals?

At its core, "lean" is a production philosophy that considers any resources, other than the direct value for the end customer, to be wasteful. "Lean" was introduced to the business world in the 1990’s and organizations have been adopting this idea of utilizing KPI, Five S, Value Stream Mapping and Kaizen to drive their organization since.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Business, Workforce Management Tools, Workforce Management, Manufacturing Management, Labor Management