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nGROUP Performance Blog

Two Last Minute Questions for Distribution Holiday Peak Season

Posted by Ryan Cates on Aug 5, 2019 10:39:13 AM

Holiday peak season is nearly upon us in the distribution world. Your multi-channel operations are most likely receiving holiday product as you read this. Hopefully, you’ve got a plan, but here are a few last-minute questions to ask yourself:

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Topics: Labor Management, Workforce Management, Warehouse Management, Distribution Labor, Peak Season

Letter of Understanding: Create Clarity and Set Measurable Expectations

Posted by David Hair on Jul 23, 2019 2:54:00 PM

Using a Letter of Understanding after the contract is signed to create clarity and set measurable expectations.

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Topics: nGROUP, Human Logistics, Analysis, Industry Benchmark Report, Workforce Management, Making a Good Manager, Letter of Understanding

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

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

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

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

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

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: nGROUP, warehouse efficiency, performance partners, Labor Management, Lean Manufacturing, reduce labor costs, Manufacturing Management, Workforce Management, 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: warehouse efficiency, performance partners, Labor Management, employee retention, Improving Production Yields, Improve Efficiency, Workforce Management, Workforce Management Tools, 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: nGROUP, warehouse efficiency, performance partners, reduce labor costs, Labor Cost Solution, Process Analysis, Manufacturing Management, Improve Efficiency, Workforce Management