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

Removing the Stigma From Outsourcing: Your Labor Solution

Posted by David Hair on Jan 8, 2019 3:58:00 PM

Many professionals view outsourcing as a costly, ineffective solution — yet nothing could be further from the truth. When done right, it can save your organization money while simultaneously enhancing worker performance and product quality.

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Topics: labor shortage, performance partners, Labor Management, Outsourcing, training, reduce labor costs, labor costs, Analysis, Workforce Management Tools

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

Don’t Look for Answers to Employee Retention.  Look for Questions.

Posted by David on Mar 21, 2018 9:28:12 AM

Last week we reviewed evidence that when companies invest in practices that increase employee engagement, they conversely produce higher levels of customer satisfaction and realize a significant increase in revenue growth.  This is the reward of increasing employee engagement. Which leads us to a bigger question.  What is the consequence if you do not address employee engagement?

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Topics: labor shortage, warehouse efficiency, employees, Labor Management, Outsourcing, Business, reduce labor costs, employee retention

Solve Labor Challenges - The nGROUP Way

Posted by David on Aug 2, 2017 11:58:01 AM

We are all feeling the labor crunch. It’s hard to recruit, train, retain and make progress all at the same time. All of these labor challenges boil down to the fact that we are tasked with developing a rapport AND a system of accountability with the workers that ultimately determine our success. At nGROUP we have taken on such challenges and created a labor model with specific tools and competencies that maintains flexible staffing while delivering the performance and quality that companies seek – with less sweat.

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Topics: Outsourcing, training, reduce labor costs, labor costs, employee retention, Labor Cost Solution, Labor Solutions, Insourcing

Improving Production Yields For Fresh Fruit Processing

Posted by David on May 8, 2017 1:58:48 PM

In the world of food processing and packing, we spend a great deal of effort focusing on production efficiencies and lowering labor cost per unit to improve profitability. However, fresh food processing presents a number of challenges that requires additional focus on improved product yield.

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Topics: Fresh foods, warehouse efficiency, performance partners, Outsourcing, Business, Cost, reduce labor costs, Labor Cost Solution, Improving Production Yields

New Year, New Energy: Positive Change Requires Positive Energy

Posted by David on Jan 24, 2017 9:36:30 AM
Are you heading into the new year with new challenges and aggressive corporate objectives? If so, you have probably completed detailed research, developed strategies, and lead countless meetings in preparation to facilitate change in your labor-intensive operations. But have you given thought to how you are going to create the energy necessary for change to truly take place - not just on paper - but in the minds and habits of your workforce? In other words, positive and lasting change requires positive and lasting energy to be accepted and adopted at an individual level.
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Topics: performance partners, Human Logistics, Labor Management, Outsourcing, Business, Energize Employees, Analysis, Process Analysis

Logistic Companies Adopt Web Based Business Models

Posted by David on Nov 21, 2016 9:46:38 AM

One of the benefits of attending this year’s Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s Conference (CSCMP) was learning about trends that are on the horizon in the world of logistics. One such change is how technology is enabling companies to connect based on need and availability.

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Topics: warehouse efficiency, performance partners, Labor Management, Outsourcing, Business, reduce labor costs, Warehouse Technology

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