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nGROUP Performance Blog

Why Is Cost Per Unit Better Than Traditional Hourly Labor

Posted by Bob Duron on Feb 19, 2019 10:51:00 AM

In the right environment a Cost Per Unit (CPU) model is far superior to a traditional hourly staffing model. In a CPU the provider shares in risks and rewards, and there is an economic incentive to drive performance in a way that aligns with the client. In an hourly model, it’s the opposite. The provider is paid regardless of the outcome or performance and the client bears many of the risks associated with managing the workforce.

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Topics: Cost Per Unit, Reduce Cost Per Unit, Operational Support, Great Labor Management, Warehouse Technology, Labor Cost Solution, reduce labor costs, Outsourcing, nGROUP, performance partners

What Does It Cost: nGROUP Performance Partners

Posted by Jim Zimmerman on Feb 13, 2019 9:37:00 AM

nGROUP delivers a fixed cost per unit program for clients looking for performance improvements in cost, quality, and throughput in a world-class operation. The program is built on comprehensive engineering studies that evaluate current processes, performance, and design.

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Topics: nGROUP, performance partners, Business, Cost, reduce labor costs, labor costs, Insourcing, Improving Production Yields

How Do I Buy From nGROUP

Posted by Ryan Cates on Feb 4, 2019 10:22:00 AM

Compared to most of the purchases people make, buying a B2B service typically lacks both the instant gratification of going to the store and the convenience of e-commerce. It’s understandable why 71% of B2B buyers say they want B2C-like experiences – faster response times and 24/7 availability—but nearly half (49%) say they’re failing to deliver.  At nGROUP we haven’t quite gotten to the click-click-click-done experience of Amazon, but we’re working towards it, and over the past 20+ years we’ve created a 3-step journey to workforce management euphoria:

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Topics: Great Labor Management, Operational Support, Labor Cost Solution, performance partners, nGROUP

Consumer Electronics Distributor Case Study

Posted by Ryan Cates on Jan 31, 2019 10:40:00 AM

Client:

A premier global developer, designer, and manufacturer of various kinds of electronic equipment, instruments, and devices for consumer, professional and industrial markets, as well as game consoles and software. The Company's segments include Mobile Communications, Game & Network Services, Imaging Products & Solutions, Home Entertainment & Sound, Devices, Pictures, Music, and Financial Services.

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Topics: Consumer Electronics Case Study, Reduce Cost Per Unit, Improve Labor Management, Increase Productivity, Improve Efficiency, Manufacturing Management, Warehouse Technology, Improving Production Yields, reduce labor costs, performance partners, nGROUP, warehouse efficiency

nGROUP and The Management Team: Operational Support

Posted by Ryan Cates on Dec 20, 2018 1:50:00 PM

When done well, labor management can have a profoundly positive impact on cost, quality, and productivity. Nevertheless, bringing in a third party for labor management can come with a stigma attached to it, as managers and employees may believe that bringing in an outside perspective is unnecessary, reflects badly on their performance, and even endangers their jobs. As such, this stigma can pose a significant challenge to bringing about the changes you need to improve your processes and realize your full operational potential.

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Topics: Operational Support, Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management, Third Party Logistics, Increase Productivity, Management Impact, Labor Management, nGROUP, performance partners

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

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

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 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