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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

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

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

nGROUP Performance Partners: Fresh Fruit Processing Case Study

Posted by David Hair on Jun 6, 2018 3:45:52 PM

nGROUP began working with North America’s largest fruit processing company in 2008 and acquired partnerships in additional facilities after producing significant cost improvement results. While all three facilities had unique challenges, the same nGROUP strategy delivered universal solutions in all three facilities. Here is a glance at the most notable improvements at each facility.

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Topics: Fresh foods, nGROUP, warehouse efficiency, performance partners, labor shortage, United Fresh 2018

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: Outsourcing, Business, Cost, reduce labor costs, performance partners, warehouse efficiency, Fresh foods, 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: Human Logistics, Labor Management, Outsourcing, Business, Process Analysis, Analysis, Energize Employees, performance partners