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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

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

What Makes A Good Manager: Characteristics To Look For

Posted by Ryan Cates on Dec 17, 2018 10:44:00 AM

Filling management positions can pose a challenge. While you may have high performing employees that you can promote within,  you risk them not being prepared for the management role and their absence of labor resulting in lowered production numbers. Resulting in these employees being more valuable in their current roles. In order to avoid this mistake, it’s essential to look for talent who possess the following 16 characteristics that make for a good manager:

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Topics: Making a Good Manager, Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management Tools, Workforce Management, Manufacturing Management, Management Impact, Management Mistakes, reduce labor costs, Labor Management, labor shortage

The Status Quo Is Your Biggest Competitor

Posted by Ryan Cates on Dec 11, 2018 10:21:00 AM

Are you looking for ways to drive down labor costs and improve your organization’s performance?

If so, then it’s important to understand that your most important challenge in this endeavor might not be a talent shortage or the implementation of a new technology. The truth is that after working with many companies across multiple industries, we’ve consistently found that the biggest challenge to making sustainable improvements is the adherence to the status quo within the workplace.

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Topics: Challenge The Status Quo, Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management, Labor Solutions, reduce labor costs, labor costs, Labor Management

Understanding the Situation: Employee Impact on Your Business

Posted by David Hair on Dec 3, 2018 4:39:00 PM

Your employees are the backbone of your business. Satisfied, engaged, and high-performing employees can help your organization advance. On the other hand, an unhappy, unengaged, and underperforming workforce can hold you back and have an adverse effect on your competitive positioning. By understanding the current labor landscape and assessing its impact on your business, you can determine what steps you need to take to maximize the potential of your workforce.

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Topics: Increase Productivity, Improve Efficiency, Employee Impact, reduce labor costs, warehouse efficiency, labor shortage, Labor Management, Energize Employees

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