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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

What Does Great Labor Management Look Like?

Posted by Ryan Cates on Jan 10, 2019 12:13:00 PM

In today’s volatile marketplace, manufacturers need to function as efficiently as possible to control costs and maintain agility — both fundamental aspects of competitive positioning. As such, good labor management is critical to ensuring efficient operations. But what is labor management, how can you improve yours, and what human and technological components do you need to take into consideration?

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Topics: Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management Tools, Workforce Management, Increase Productivity, Improve Efficiency, Manufacturing Management, Warehouse Technology, Process Analysis, Labor Cost Solution, reduce labor costs, performance partners, Great Labor Management

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

Your Management Team Has the Keys to Your Success

Posted by David Hair on Jan 3, 2019 7:22:00 AM

“The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.”

  • Helmut Schmidt

Although these words, attributed to the German statesman Helmut Schmidt, were originally spoken in a political context, they’re equally true when it comes to manufacturing. In this sector, continuous improvement is critical to refining processes, making operations more responsive and ultimately, becoming more competitive. To achieve continuous improvement, your management team must take the lead in driving change.

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Topics: Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management Tools, Workforce Management, Manufacturing Management, Process Analysis, reduce labor costs, performance partners

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

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